Despite being both Cursed and Jinxed, Kastelle Adamson is on a hot streak lately, and it has nothing to do with luck or magic. Adamson, a 21-year-old former model from Sydney, Australia, and better known in the gaming community as Crs Jinx, has succeeded as a gamer and professional League of Legends manager through hard work, determination, and raw talent.
Last month much of Adamson’s hard work paid off when her team, formerly known as Little Wraiths, was picked up by the professional gaming organization Team Curse. “The team was completely thrilled at having Curse announce us,” Adamson says, still elated to be a part of one of professional eSports most prestigious organizations.
Adamson’s story begins far before joining Curse, though, back when she was just a small girl playing Rodent’s Revenge on a Windows 95 PC. She’s been a gamer for as long as she can remember, and she’s used the Jinx handle for almost that long.
“I’ve had my IGN ‘Jinx’ for around 12 years now, and it’s been my alias through many different games,” she says, highlighting that she had been using the name for over a decade before League of Legends introduced the champion Jinx, the Loose Cannon.
As Jinx, she’s played RPGs, fighters, and many other types of games, but MOBA is the genre that she loves best.
In 2006, Adamson was part of sGs, a Defense of the Ancients team that made it to the Grand Finals of the N2C DotA Allstars Tournament. She continued playing DotA until League of Legends came along, and that gave her another chance to shine.
In 2013, Adamson joined up with players Chelby and Trashboat on a League of Legends team called FIGJAM to compete in PAX 2013. The team placed third, and Adamson and Chelby teamed up again afterwards to create a new League of Legends team.
“Little Wraith was formed on the 15th of October, 2013,” Adamson remembers. “My role was manager as well as a substitute player for the team. The team came together with myself and Chelby scouting players. Chelby recruited Charlie who recruited Kolo. I recruited Trashboat who recruited Wild Joshy.”
Little Wraiths was a success from the start. Until their arrival, the Oceania tournament scene had been dominated by Team Immunity, but Little Wraiths quickly changed that, earning them the nickname “Immunity Killers.”
It didn’t take long for Adamson and her team to get noticed by professional gaming teams around the world.
Curse may have been the first to notice Little Wraiths, but merging one team into a bigger organization doesn’t happen overnight.
“It had been planned a few months back but no one was allowed to say anything until it was official so it was so great to see that announcement post,” Adamson says. “It still feels quite surreal to have the ‘Crs’ tag near your name and be sponsored by such an amazing organization.”
Even before the deal with Curse went through, Adamson had her hands full trying to keep the team together and running. Between personnel issues, roster swaps, and the ups and downs of normal life, Adamson keeps a very full schedule managing the team properly.
“… I want to focus on eSports. I’d rather be doing this than modeling as gaming has been a huge passion of mine longer than I’ve been involved in the modeling industry.”
“In the morning I try to wake up early to check my emails and communicate with our counterparts in the U.S.,” she says. “I then do any managerial matters that are required such as interviews, responses, check-ups and updates in regards to Curse and what they want us to be doing. Around mid-day I may play some games with the team and see how they are doing. This is where I’ll update them in regards to what we are doing. We usually start scrims around 6 p.m. and that can go till about 1130 p.m. I will usually sit in on scrims to spectate and record the game for analyzing afterwards.”
Adamson also stayed busy when she needed to fill a vacancy in the team’s mid lane role, but when she found the Korean solo queue superstar Keane, Adamson’s hard work paid off. Keane, who was in the top 15 of the Korean server’s solo queue rankings in Season 3, now holds the number one spot on the Oceania server. He’s a player of rare talent, and he synergizes well with Adamson, Chelby, and the rest of Curse OCE.
“The role of manager for me can be broken into two parts: the LoL related matters and the business end,” Adamson points out when discussing just how broad and important the roles are for a manager of a professional League of Legends team. “I find myself organizing their scrims, registering them for tournaments, booking flights, arranging accommodation, arranging apparel, arranging sponsorship peripherals and keeping a streaming schedule as well as making sure they’re all online when they need to be! I am also involved in a lot of the social media content for the team to help get exposure for the players and team itself. Other than that I work on new sponsorship deals, existing ones and handing out prize pools to the players. I find when it comes to a player or the team, I am that go to person. I’ve also developed the nickname ‘nuna’ which means big sister in Korean… thanks Keane.”
Only a few weeks after officially joining Curse, the new OCE League of Legends team scored a huge victory by winning the Winter Challenger Qualifier tournament. This win places them into the Winter Finals, and a victory there will send them to the Wildcard Invitationals. For teams in Australia and Oceania, the Wildcard Invitational is the only route to the World Championships later this year.
“Our team generally focus on the now,” Adamson says when asked about the possibility of going to Worlds. “We don’t bank on things happening leading up to and after a tournament so that then we can do x, y and z. The team and I try to look at what we must achieve at the present time and what obstacles are in front of us one game at a time.”
Focusing on the now, Adamson stays busy enough with managing her team that she’s put aside some of her other interests and talents, primarily modelling and acting. “I spend a large amount of my time on the team and it is easy to do so because I enjoy being around them and enjoy doing what I do,” she says. “This year I haven’t concerned myself to pursue modeling, as I want to focus on eSports. I’d rather be doing this than modeling, as gaming has been a huge passion of mine longer than I’ve been involved in the modeling industry.”
When she does look towards the future Adamson’s focus remains on her gaming. “It’s really hard to say where I see myself in 5 years. Ideally I’d love to have a career in eSports, definitely in a MOBA and hopefully I still have my Curse flame. I imagine the OCE scene would have grown a lot and not just in League of Legends but the eSports industry as a whole.”
As Adamson looks forward to a bright career in professional eSports, she doesn’t forget all the help she has had and continues to receive. She’s very grateful to her friends, her team, and everyone who has been supportive of her and Curse OCE.
“I’d like to give a shout out to our sponsors Curse, Alienware and Cooler Master!” she says.
Kastelle Adamson is a hard-working and successful professional eSports manager, but at the end of the day, she’s just a passionate gamer who enjoys spending time with her friends.
“I thoroughly enjoy the team aspect of what I do,” she says. “It’s always enjoyable spending time with them and watching them improve as a unit. Additionally, I really enjoy after all our practice is done for the day playing Warcraft custom games together (rank 1 Uther Party) for wind down!”