Team Dignitas signs Shiphtur and ZionSpartan



Fri 2nd May 2014 - 11:28pm

The off-season marks many roster changes in the League of Legends scene. After recent promotion matches several professional teams disbanded and their players became free agents. With such high calibre players on the market, the Team Dignitas management decided that it was best for the team to welcome some new faces and prepare for the upcoming split.

First off we would like to welcome Danny 'Shiphtur' Le to the team as our new mid laner. Earlier this split we announced the addition of Greyson 'Goldenglue' Gilmer as William 'Scarra' Li moved to a coaching role, but we feel that a player of Shiphtur's calibre will benefit the team's playstyle. Shiphtur previously played for Team Coast and he is known for having a very large champion pool. People might even remember him from his pentakill with Anivia at the Season 3 LCS Qualifiers.

Next we would like to welcome one of Shiphtur's old teammates from Team Coast, Darshan 'ZionSpartan' Upadhyaya who is taking the top lane role. This means that Cruz 'Cruzerthebruzer' Ogden will be stepping down from the main lineup and switch to a sub position. During the Spring Split ZionSpartan was single handedly responsible for making Jax a standard ban for teams who play against him, or else they would come to regret it.

With this move we are confident that our lineup can contest any other team in the NA LCS and that we can do well in the Summer Split. We would like to thank Team Coast for making the player transfer process go very smooth.

The main Team Dignitas LCS roster is:

Darshan 'ZionSpartan' Upadhyaya (Top)
Alberto 'Crumbz' Rengifo (Jungle)
Danny 'Shiphtur' Le (Mid)
Michael 'Imaqtpie' Santana (AD Carry)
Alan 'KiWiKiD' Nguyen (Support)
William 'Scarra' Li (Coach)

Update: ZionSpartan is streaming right now on


Darshan 'ZionSpartan' Upadhyaya: "I am pleased to announce that I am officially the new top laner for Team Dignitas! I am looking forward to committing myself fully to this team in the hopes that we will become one of the best teams in the world."

Our new mid laner Danny 'Shiphtur' Le followed with: "I'm honored to be given the opportunity to be a part of such a prestigious organization full of both familiar faces and... interesting personalities. Being on Team Dignitas, I'm confident that not only will I improve as a player but the team will become a top team in NA and hopefully a contender for worlds."

Michael 'ODEE' O'Dell, Team Dignitas Managing Director: “We are excited to sign two top class players in ZionSpartan and Shiphtur and I look forward to seeing them team up with our guys for the Summer Split. This was not an easy decision to make but I hope it shows our intent to compete at World’s in October. I would like to thank our friends at Team Coast for making this acquisition an easy process to complete and we wish Coast all the best in their efforts to regain an LCS spot. With these additions to the squad and also with Scarra in as Full time Coach we feel that we have a good chance to succeed in LCS.