NRG eSports has released the general manager of their League of Legends team, as well as two of their three analysts, the organization announced Thursday in an open thank you letter to each individual.

The letter opened up by speaking of Alec “Qwerm” Warren, one of the team’s analysts. Gerard “Atlas” Kelly, president of Gaming Operations for NRG eSports, had nothing but praise for his coworker, sharing memories of how the analyst would make midnight runs for things that team members may have needed, such as a personal heater or medicine. While it wasn’t stated what exactly led to Qwerm’s departure, it’s clear that things were left on very amicable terms.

“Alec has been with me pretty much since I got into running League of Legends teams. Alec always gave me his honest opinion on anything I asked from him (and many things I never asked for). He was always the guy who would do anything for the team regardless of his job description.”

When it came to speak on Naser “Empyre” Al-Naql, lead analyst for NRG, it was explained that he expressed a strong desire to be with an organization. That allowed him to be closer to the team after he was made back into a remote-working analyst when the team changed houses.

“Naser started with us as a remote analyst and we quickly realized that he was very much the counterweight that brought balance to Hermit’s coaching skills and even more his personality. Naser provided a lot of value for the team and when we decided to move houses and have fewer people at the house we moved Naser back to a remote analyst position. After the first couple of weeks Naser decided that he wanted to have more input on a team than he could give working remotely. He asked me if he could explore some opportunities that would allow him to get closer to a team and do what he really enjoyed.”

Atlas had the most praise for Chad “History Teacher” Smeltz, who was the team’s general manager. On top of keeping the team in line and performing the usual duties required of a manager, Atlas described History Teacher as an extremely hard-working individual that went above and beyond with his role.

“He was with me before anyone moved into the house and did everything from moving furniture to making beds waiting for the players to arrive. Chad has had to fight with Riot for us, protect the players from a myriad range of distractions and deal with 50 people asking for requests on a daily basis. He didn’t necessarily sign up for the job he ended up doing and it wasn’t something he had experience doing. Despite that, he dug his feet in, worked on every stressful task given to him and kept a smile on his face most of the time while doing it.”

Atlas also made sure to stress that drama wasn’t a factor in History Teacher’s decision to leave the organization, explaining that it was a difficult choice made on the manager’s part so he could keep all of his ducks in a row.

“He put his own skin into the game and when he told me he needed a break and wanted to do some personal things before trying to find out what he wanted to do, I fully understood. It is definitely tough that I won’t get to work with my friend every day but I’m sure wherever he goes he will be a positive force.”

While he was unable to confirm just what plans he had for his future, History Teacher did promise that he will be remaining as a part of the League of Legends eSports community. He went on to say that he was a series of goals that are both professional and personal that he wishes to complete this summer.

Replacing History Teacher in management is Barry “KoreanEdelweiss” Lee. He will be joined by David “Hermes” Tu, who formerly coached for Renegades. Shortly after the team’s LCS spot was bought by Team EnVyUs, Hermes moved over from Renegades to Team EnVyUs as coach. He parted ways with the Team earlier this month to join NRG eSports and was replaced by Lee “Miracle” Hyeon-beom.

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