The player break has seen an unprecedented number of roster changes as teams look to prepare for the 2019 season. This series of articles will fill you in on all the player transfers you missed during the offseason. We start with the top five teams from EU LCS Summer 2018 as they get ready for the first season of the new look League of Legends European Championship.
Perhaps the biggest move of the offseason was the transfer of EU LCS Summer 2018 MVP Rasmus “Caps” Borregaard Winther from Fnatic to G2 Esports. In an unusual move, existing G2 mid-laner Luka “PerkZ” Perković has changed roles to AD carry in order to bring Caps onto the roster. G2 also picked up support Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle from Misfits Gaming to accompany PerkZ in the bottom lane.
Fnatic has replaced Caps with Tim “Nemesis” Lipovšek, a 19-year-old from Slovenia, who will be playing at the top level for the first time. The rookie previously played for MAD Lions, champions of European Masters Summer 2018. In the top lane, Fnatic has committed to using Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau over veteran Paul “sOAZ” Boyer who has chosen to join Misfits.
As well as signing sOAZ, Misfits made a splash by bringing Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten back to Europe from American outfit Clutch Gaming. Febiven and sOAZ both had legendary spells at Fnatic, but the duo will play together for the first time in this Misfits squad. Three-time LCK champion Kang “GorillA” Beom-hyeon has joined the team in the support role.
FC Schalke 04 Esports made wide-scale changes after narrowly missing out on Worlds qualification last season. AD carry Elias “Upset” Lipp was retained but all other players were replaced. Upset will be joined in the bot lane by Lee “IgNar” Dong-geun, a former Misfits player returning for his second stint in Europe. The mid-lane role will be filled by German rookie Felix “Abbedagge” Braun who joins from Turkish team Royal Bandits. Other acquisitions for Schalke are top-laner Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu from Splyce and former jungler Jonas “Memento” Elmarghichi who returns to the team after a spell with ROCCAT.
By contrast, Team Vitality retained many of the players that brought them to Worlds last season. Joining Vitality in the jungle position is Lee “Mowgli” Jae-ha from Korean organisation Afreeca Freecs. Mowgli replaces Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek and Erberk “Gilius” Demir who join Rogue and Beşiktaş e-Sports Club respectively.