The franchise model has brought with it a fresh new line up of organisations vying to take the crown away from the old guard. Today we’ll be looking at five remaining teams in the LEC including some new faces. If you missed part one, click here.
The final surviving team from the LCS era to cover is Splyce. Splyce lost many of their players in the offseason, most notably support Raymond “kaSing” Tsang who joined exceL and mid lane Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer who has moved to America to join Cloud 9. ROCCAT support Tore “Norskeren” Hoel Eilertsen and Czech rookie Marek “Humanoid” Brázda joined to replace them. There has also been a change in the top lane, former Splyce player Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu has been swapped for Tamás “Vizicsacsi” Kiss from Schalke.
UK organisation exceL Esports will compete at the top level for the first time. The team contains two local talents, support kaSing who joined from Splyce and jungle Marc “Caedrel” Robert Lamont from H2K. Three-time LCS champion Ki “Expect” Dae-han has joined the team in the top lane alongside rookie AD carry Jesper “Jeskla” Klarin Strömberg. Unicorns of Love mid lane Fabian “Exileh” Schubert completes the line-up.
World’s semi-finalists Origen make their grand return to top-level competition with a new look team. Former Lemondogs teammates Alfonso “mithy” Aguirre Rodríguez and Erlend “Nukeduck” Holm will link up for the first time since 2014 on Origen. British top lane sensation Barney “Alphari” Morris from Misfits and journeyman jungler Jonas “Kold” Andersen from Unicorns of Love join the experienced duo. Patrik “Patrik” Jírů, previously known as “Sheriff”, signed from H2K to round out the roster as AD carry.
Another new face in the European league is Rogue, an American organisation with a star-studded list of investors. Rogue have signed Roccat duo Martin “HeaQ” Kordmaa as AD carry and Kim “Profit” Jun-hyung as the foundation of their roster. Misfits mid lane Chres “Sencux” Laursen and Vitality jungle Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek also join a team packed with EU LCS experience. World’s quarter-finalist Kim “Wadid” Bae-in signed for Rogue from G2 to play support for the new team.
The legendary SK Gaming returns to top-level League of Legends with a place in the LEC, but their line-up remains a mystery. SK has not announced any signings and, as the pool of potential players shrinks, rumours are starting to swirl within the community. Former SKT back-up mid lane Choi “Pirean” Jun-sik has been strongly linked, but these rumours have been little more than fan speculation so far.
That’s all for Europe. Join us next week for a look at our rivals across the pond.