League Championship Series - Summer Split is underway!
Some teams had their rosters changed, as is custom between spring and summer splits. Let's look at the teams and list out the changes that happened in their lineups.
Damonte quit, ry0ma rejoined the Academy team. Abbedagge came from EU’s Schalke 04. Rest of the players stayed the same, Ssumday residency changed to NA, hence 100 Thieves were allowed additional import that they quickly used up bringing in Abbedagge.
This change came as slight surprise to me. Zven moved to Academy team. k1ng joined the main roster. Very young player with a lot of potential, so it makes sense. Sad to not see any more Zven though.
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Griffin and rjs played very few games in the Spring Split, so no real surprise they got moved to academy teams this split. Broxah and Pobelter taking the Jungle / Mid lanes for themselves. rjs ended up winning 1 and losing 8 games in the Spring Split. Griffin - 1 win, 5 losses.
No changes to the Dignitas roster.Maybe no real surprise here. They ended the spring split in 5th place. Right in the middle. Maybe Dignitas is coasting and just happy to be in the playoffs, maybe they want to grow these players and want to give them time to show their true potential. I am glad there are teams that don’t shuffle members the first chance they get.
EG got one change in the ADC role. Deftly left. Shiro joined (and renamed to Danny) Second team that just changed their ADC for summer split.
There were two supports. Now only one remains. Dreams from Korea. Diamond played 10 games during the Spring Split. 5 wins, 10 losses. FlyQuest ended up in 8th place after the spring split, so the organization puts a lot of faith in basically the same lineup to improve and climb up.
Two changes in GG roster. Niles and Newbie got moved to the academy roster with Solo and Chime joining from the academy team. Solo is now one of the oldest players in the league, at 28 years old. Golden Guardians need help though. They ended in dead last place in the Spring Split, only winning 3 games over the split.
#NOCHANGES. They actually didn’t change a member in their roster, joining Dignitas in the category of orgs that are happy with how they performed in Spring.
Immortals finished 7th in the previous split. Just shy of playoffs. But they think they can turn it around, so good luck to them. They lost 3 crucial games in the last few days of spring split and did not qualify for playoffs, some say it was just bad luck on the day. Currently they started the summer split 3:0 winning against 100 Thieves. Golden Guardians and CLG. Quite tough opponents. So one might already draw conclusions, as we so often like to do. Immortals will make playoffs with ease!
A quite unique situation as far as LCS Summer Split goes. Jenkins promoted from Academy team and Team Liquid now have two top laners. TL Finished third in Spring, with basically only one game difference from first place. They are one of the strongest orgs in NA. Playing with two top laners is not unseen but rare. So far TL played 3 games in the Summer Split. They played once with Alphari - and lost that game. Then they played two games with Jenkins - won once, lost once. Time will tell what happens here.
If it ain't broke, don’t fix it. Mantra of TSM this summer. No changes to their roster. TSM Had a very strong showing in Spring so they decided to give time to their players to really grow together without any changes.