While the MSI 2016 is going on the teams in the European and North American LCS are already preparing for the upcoming 2016 LCS Summer Split. Like always between splits, players are trying to get better contracts or find teams which have better chances of getting a spot at the Summer Playoffs or 2016 World Championship. Here is a list of the all the summer split roster changes!
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2016 EU LCS Summer Split Roster Changes
Currently, the EU LCS has already seen some big changes when it comes to the teams rosters for the upcoming LCS Summer Split. As it is hard to keep track of all the ongoing changes, we are here to fill you in on the details:
Unicorns Of Love
The first one is kind of a sour note, since Diamondprox will not be returning to Unicorns of Love this season, thus leaving the team without its jungler. He will, instead, be traveling to NA, but apparently, he left on good terms with his teammates, as the reason behind his departure were visa related.
Updated May, 19th: Unicorns of Love confirmed it’s roster: From Hungary, Toplaner Tamas “Vizicsacsi” Kiss, from Korea, Jungler Minsu “Move” Kang, from Germany, Midlaner Fabian “Exileh” Schubert. Also from Korea, ADC Kyoungmin “Veritas” Kim, and last but not least, Support Zdravets Iliev “Hylissang” Galabov from Bulgary.
- Top Lane: Tamás “Vizicsacsi” Kiss
- Jungle: Kang “Move” Min-su
- Mid Lane: Fabian “Exileh” Schubert
- Marksman: Kim “Veritas” Kyoung-min
- Support: Zdravets “Hylissang” Iliev Galabov
As of April 25th, Riot has released the brackets of the European open qualifier, which includes a team named “Chocolate Orange Fudge!”, which is, in turn, a Fnatic Academy. This new team is composed by Impaler, SozPurefect, Exork, and former Fnatic starter Klaj, who will be performing in the support role, stepping down to the Challenger squad from the main team. As previously stated, YellOwStaR will be returning to Europe to play, so it’s very possible that the real reason behind this is the fact that he could be returning to play as the main support for Fnatic.
Updated May, 11th: YellOwStaR returns to fnatic after playing the Spring Split in the NA LCS with Team SoloMid.
- Top Lane: Yeong-Jin “Gamsu” Noh
- Jungle: Lee “Spirit” Da-yun
- Mid Lane: Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten
- Marksman: Martin “Rekkles” Larsson
- Support: Bora “YellOwStaR” Kim
Continuing with roster changes, it has been confirmed recently, that FORG1VEN is saying goodbye to H2k Gaming. The reason behind this is that, according to the organization and its players, Konstantinos “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou-Napoleon did not fit in with the team in-game, though, unlike his previous departures from other teams, this time it has nothing to do with personal behavior, or so it seems, since he is leaving while maintaining a positive relationship with the members of the H2k and the whole organization. Potential replacements for FORG1VEN are currently uncertain, but some names are being mentioned, as the team previously reached out to Team Huma’s AD carry, Anil “HolyPhoenix” Işık, as well as other AD carries around Europe. This will be the third team FORG1VEN has parted ways with in the last year.
Updated May, 7th: Freeze joins H2K for the Summer Split 2016. “I’m happy to announce that I will be playing under the banners of H2K. I’m confident that we will qualify for worlds and represent EU well.” said Freeze.
- Top Lane: Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu
- Jungle: Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski
- Mid lane: Yoo “Ryu” Sang-ook
- Marksman: Aleš “Freeze” Kněžínek
- Support: Oskar “VandeR” Bogdan
Meanwhile, Team ROCCAT has announced some roster changes, with Tabzz and Noxiak leaving the team. Fredy122 is no longer their starter and his future within the team is uncertain. According to the team, more changes and news about it are to come in the near future.
Updated May, 4th: ‘Steeelback’ will start as the new ADC for ROCCAT.
Updated May, 10th: Parang and Raise, both from South Korea joins ROCCAT.
- Top Lane: Sangwon “Parang” Lee
- Jungle: Karim “Airwaks” Benghalia
- Mid lane: Felix “Betsy” Edling
- Marksman: Pierre “steeelback” Medjaldi
- Support: Jihwan “Raise” Oh
FC Schalke 04
FC Schalke 04 plans to expand its business to esports, specifically to League of Legends. They have purchased the team “Elements” and are seeking to make themselves a place in the competitive scene. “We have noticed that the level of professionalism in eSports has continued to grow over the past years.” told Moritz Beckers-Schwarz, chairman of the board at FC Schalke 04 Arena Management GmbH.
- Top Lane: Etienne “Steve” Michels
- Jungle: Berk “Gilius” Demir
- Mid lane: Hampus “Fox” Myhre
- Marksman: Rasmus “MrRalleZ” Skinneholm
- Support: Hampus “Sprattel” Mikael Abrahamsson
FC Schalke 04 bought Element’s spot in the LCS – [Source]
Origen recently announced that Zven and Mithy will be leaving its roster, thus confirming a sad rumor. Luckily for the team, replacements have already been made, though not yet announced. Zven and Mithy went on to play for G2 Esports.
Updated May 19th: Entering to replace Zven and Mithy, in Origen are Glenn “Hybrid” Doornenbal and Konstantinos “Forg1ven” Tzortziou. It’s worth mentioning that these replacements were made in a very short time, and this gives the team hopes for the Summer Split.
Updated June 7th: due to the lack of motivation, FORG1VEN will no longer be part of the starting lineup throughout the rest of the split. He will be replaced be xPeke as ADC for the team until they find a suitable replacement.
- Top Lane: Paul “sOAZ” Boyer
- Jungle: Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider
- Mid Lane: Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage / Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño
- Marksman: Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño
- Support: Glenn “Hybrid” Doornenbal
After Emperor moving to South Korea to play for Longzhu Gaming and Hybrid leaving the team to play with Origen, G2 Esports were missing to key players for the team and the team found their replacements on the duo lane from Origen; Zven and Mithy.
Update June 12th: G2 sport announced that Kikis is stepping down; Expect will be the starter top laner from now on. After the team agreed their roster for the Summer Split, Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek made them choose between him and Ki “Expect” Dae-han for the top lane position. However, the team honored their agreement and decided to keep their roster. Therefore, Kikis resolved to step down from the starting roster and put himself as a substitute player.
- Top Lane: Ki “Expect” Dae-han
- Jungle: Kim “Trick” Gang-yun
- Mid lane: Luka “PerkZ” Perković
- Marksman: Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen
- Support: Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre Rodriguez
After fighting the relegation tournament, they’ve made some drastic changes to their roster and I think they were required; their new roster is looking strong and packed with talent so don’t worry if you don’t recognise a few of the names. I think they’re going to have a better split but times are still going to be hard for them.
- Top Lane: Lennart “Smittyj” Warkus
- Jungle: Nubar “Maxlore” Sarafian
- Mid Lane: Na “NighT” Gun-woo
- Marksman: Son “S0NSTAR” Seung-ik
- Support: Morgan “Hustlin” Granberg
After Hjärnan decided to step down from the team due to sleeping issues and the hice pace of a pro gamer’s life, the team believe in him as player and he will be staying under contract with Team Vitality. In the case of Shook, he decided to take different path for the end of this season. Filling the missing roles the team decided to hire Minsoo “MightyBear” Kim and Park “Police” Hyeong-gi, both from Korea.
- Top Lane: Lucas “Cabochard ” Simon-Meslet
- Jungle: Kim “Mightybear” Min-su
- Mid Lane: Erlend “Nukeduck” Våtevik Holm
- Marksman: Park “Police” Hyeong-gi
- Support: Raymond “kaSing” Tsang
Mithtybear and Police joins Vitality – [Source]
Splyce just got a new member on its roster, since Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle will be joining their team as their new support. Splyce head coach, Jakob “YamatoCannon” Mebdi said, regarding this matter:
I always look out for talent on the solo queue ladder, but as the LCS grows more competitive and saturated, one must search for better qualities and more talented individuals to compete for top positions. Mikyx fits the mold for what I believe makes top contenders in the LCS. He is passionate and driven to always become better. He shows great respect for the game and its players, and I believe that his personality will be a great fit for our team. That doesn’t even mention the great talent he possesses. I am very excited for his and our team’s future together.
– Jakob “YamatoCannon” Mebdi
Mikyx joins Splyce as their new Support – [Source]
- Top Lane: Martin “Wunder” Hansen
- Jungle: Jonas “Trashy” Andersen
- Mid Lane: Chres “Sencux” Laursen
- Marksman: Kasper “Kobbe” Kobberup
- Support: Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle
2016 NA LCS Summer Split Roster Changes
The EU LCS is not the only region with a lot ongoing player changes. Due to their performance in the Spring Split, several teams in the North American League of Legends Championship Series are making changes to their rosters as well, including the teams who won the 2016 Summer Promotion.
Team Renegades have been banned from playing in the NA LCS by Riot Games. The owners of the team have been given time until May 18th, 2016 to sell the LCS spot. Read the full statement by Riot Games here: Source
Team Impulse have been banned from participating in the NA LCS Summer Split as well. The reasons are different but the owners are forced to sell their spot in the North American League of Legends Championship Series as well. Read the full statement by Riot Games here: Source
Apex Gaming has acquired Team Dignitas Challenger series spot, and is trying to assemble a second team. It’s still unknown whether any of the Team Dignitas players will stay and play for Apex Gaming’s new team, but this seems possible, since Team Dignitas player Thomas “Kirei” Yuen is currently looking for a new team and Alan “KiWiKiD” Nguyen is planning to join NRG Esports as their starting support, replacing Kevin “KonKwon” Kwon, for whom Apex has shown interest.
This year, Apex won’t be selling its spot in the LCS, so they’ll have two teams under their command, one in the LCS and one in the Challenger League.
Updated May, 18th: Team Dignitas will transfer its Challenger slot on the NA LCS to Apex Gaming, since the former won’t be able to return anytime soon. With the slot, also came the transfer of Mid Laner Danny “Shiphtur” Le and AD Carry Apollo.
- Top Lane: Jeon “Ray” Ji-won
- Jungle: Lee “Shrimp” Byeong-hoon
- Mid Lane: Jang “Keane” Lae-young
- Marksman: Apollo “Apollo” Price
- Support: Alex “Xpecial” Chu
TSM is currently in tryouts for the role of support, as their member Bora “YellOwStaR” Kim will be returning to Europe for the remainder of Season 6. TSM isn’t looking for a region-specific player, but they do require, however, that the new player is fluent in English. Every player interested in this position should contact TSM for negotiations, since YellOwStaR’s contract has yet to expire.
Updated May, 4th: Vincent ‘Biofrost’ Wang passed the first phase of the tryouts and is playing with the team in a boot camp in Korea.
Updated May, 19th: Recently, Team SoloMid announced that Vincent “Biofrost” Wang will be playing for them. “I’m very excited that I will be joining TSM. Although I’m a rookie, I hope that with hard work and the support from both the community and my teammates I can become the support that TSM needs in order to compete at the highest level.” Said Biofrost.
- Top Lane: Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell
- Jungle: Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen
- Mid Lane: Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg
- Marksman: Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng
- Support: Vincent “Biofrost” Wang
NRG Esports has new players, as Quas, Santorin and KiWiKiD join their roster: The North American League Championship Series team NRG Esports announced three changes to their starting lineup on Tuesday, by adding three veterans to their top lane, jungle and support roles with the purpose of replacing their current members. They have also announced that they’re looking for an AD carry before the beginning of the summer split. The positions are Quas as top laner, Santorin as jungler and KiWiKiD as their new support.
“We are very proud of the first generation of NRG players and thank them for a solid first spring split,” said NRG CEO Andrew Pruett.
- Top Lane: Diego “Quas” Ruiz
- Jungle: Lucas “Santorin” Tao Kilmer Larsen
- Mid Lane: Lee “GBM” Chang-suk
- Marksman: Oh “Ohq” Gyu-min
- Support: Alan “KiWiKiD” Nguyen
Updated May, 13th: Ohq joins NRG team as their main ADC.
Impact from NRG Esports joins Cloud9 after being replaced by Quas. Also, Meteos is back in the LCS Cloud9 roster as his main jungler, even when he announced in July 2015 he was stepping down from the Jungler role.
- Top Lane: Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong
- Jungle: William “Meteos” Hartman
- Mid Lane: Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen
- Marksman: Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi
- Support: Michael “Bunny FuFuu” Kurylo
Team EnVyUs will purchase Renegades’ LCS Spot, after the latter were banned by Riot for “knowingly violating the competitive ban against [Badawi], misrepresenting their relationship with TDK, and compromising player welfare and safety”. The deal is estimated in more than $1 million.
Team EnVyUs has received approval from Riot to compete in the league and after purchasing Renegades’ spot. Additionally, the team has picked up three former Renegades players: Shin “Seraph” Woo-yeong, Noh “Ninja” Geon-woo and Nickolas “Hakuho” Surgent.
- Top Lane: Shin “Seraph” Woo-yeong
- Jungle: Kim “Procxin” Se-Young
- Mid Lane: Noh “Ninja” Geon-woo
- Marksman: Benjamin “LOD” deMunck
- Support: Nickolas “Hakuho” Surgent
Seraph, Ninja and Hakuho joins Team Envy – [Source]
The new esports organization Phoenix1 will take the place of Team Impulse in the upcoming Summer Split of the NA LCS, as they bought Team Impulse’s slot in the fray. The roster of the new team will be a mixture of old and new players, as they will pick up former Impulse players. The three owners of the team are Michael Moore, Rob Moore, and Jack Giarraputo, the two latter are both prominent figures in Hollywood, and seek to carry the thrill of League of Legends to this environment.
- Top Lane: Derek “zig” Shao
- Jungle: Kevin “Zentinel” Pires
- Mid Lane: Choi “Pirean” Jun-sik
- Marksman: Brandon “Mash” Phan
- Support: Austin “Gate” Yu
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