The end of the Spring Playoffs marked the beginning of the next season: The LCS Summer Split. The top 7 teams from last season will continue their conquest this Summer Split while the winners of the Summer Promotion and the 1st place CS Team will have the chance to showcase their skills on the big stage. Like last split the teams are fighting for Championship points in order to qualify for the LoL World Championship 2015.
Enemy eSports and Team Dragon Knights are the new additions this coming 2015 LCS Summer Split. Enemy eSports replaced Team Coast for the 10th place slot while Team Dragon Knights (and Team Dignitas) won the Summer Promotion tournament.
Expect another season filled with historic moments as the following teams compete against one another and try to berth a spot in the Summer Playoffs. Let's have a look at the LCS NA Summer Split teams: (please note that the teams and rosters may yet be subject to change!)
The ten teams in the NA LCS Summer Split 2015 are:
- Team SoloMid
- Cloud 9
- Team 8
- Counter Logic Gaming
- Team Dragon Knights (takes slot of Winterfox after wining Summer Promotion)
- Team Impulse
- Team Liquid
- Team Dignitas
- Enemy eSports (winner Spring Challenger Series ↑↑↑)
Notable achievements: 1st in the following: 2015 NA LCS Spring Split Playoffs, 2014 NA LCS Summer Playoffs, LCS North America Season 3 Spring Playoffs, LCS North America Season 3 Spring Regular Season, Riot Season 2 North American Regionals, IPL ProLeague Face Off, 2012 MLG Spring Championship, IGN ProLeague 4, 2011 MLG Providence. 2nd position in the following: 2014 NA LCS Spring Playoffs, 2014 NA LCS Spring Split, LCS North America Season 3 Summer Playoffs, IEM Season VI – Global Challenge Kiev, IEM Season VI – Global Challenge Cologne. 3rd position in: 2014 NA LCS Summer Regular Season, LCS North America Season 3 Summer Regular Season, 2011 MLG Raleigh, Riot Season 1 Championship.
Possibly their best season yet, Team SoloMid, along with its numerous achievements over the course of the season, took home the 1st place last Spring Playoffs and became the grand champions in the 2015 IEM Season IX Katowice. But along with the achievements, expectations will rise – however their performance during the MSI 2015 was not very convincing. Most likely TSM will get back to old strength during the 2015 Summer Split.
Team Background: In September 2009, two brothers had an idea to create a team around their community website, Solomid.net. Team SoloMid (TSM) is now one of the most popular and successful North American eSports Team, winning a multitude of trophies and titles as well as events. Their first performance was seen in early 2011 when they were prepping for the first world championship of League of Legends.
Current Roster Team Solomid:
- Top Lane: Marcus ”Dyrus” Hill
- Jungle: Lucas “Santorin” Larsen
- Mid Lane: Soren “Bjergsen” Bjerg
- ADC: Jason “WildTurtle” Tran | Keith (starting week 6)
- Support: Ham “Lustboy” Jang-sik
Notable achievements: 2nd place in the 2015 NA LCS Spring Split, 1st in 2014 NA LCS Summer Regular Season, 2014 NA LCS Spring Playoffs, 2014 NA LCS Spring Regular Season, LCS North America Season 3 Summer Playoffs, LCS North America Season 3 Summer Regular Season, 2013 MLG Winter Championship Summer Promotion. 3rd to 4th at All-Star 2014, IEM Season VIII – World Championship, IEM Season VIII – Cologne
A veteran team in North America, Cloud9 is one of the best teams this side of the region. They were established in 2013 and have appeared in the 2013 & 2014 World Championships since then. But after the 2015 Spring Playoffs, an unforeseen incident befell unto them as their veteran mid-laner Hai was forced to retire due to an injury. With a vacant spot in the team, can they find the right player just in time for the 2015 Summer Split?
Team Background: Cloud9 is one of the few teams in the world with a noteworthy fanbase. The team gained popularity after winning two LCS seasons, while finishing in the top eight at the Season 3 World Championship. Competing under Cloud 9 Hyper X (as they are sponsored by Kingston Hyper X), c9 was initially formed by the roster of Quantic Gaming after players left Quantic gaming due to financial struggles. Cloud9 also has subdivisions playing in following games: Hearthstone: Heroes of WarCraft, DotA 2, Smite and Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Current Roster Cloud 9:
- Top Lane: An “Balls” Le
- Jungle: Will “Meteos” Hartman | Hai (week 6)
- Mid Lane: Incarnati0n
- ADC: Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi
- Support: Daerek “LemonNation” Hart
Notable achievements: 1st in 2014 NA Challenger Series Summer Playoffs while 2nd in North American Challenger League Season 2 and 3rd in 2014 NA Challenger Series Summer #2.
Team 8 was founded in December of 2013. Since its inception, the team has resided in a gaming house in California. Team 8 is new to the professional LCS scene, but they are notable for competing in both splits of the 2014 North American Challenger Series and in the second season of the North American Challenger League. Team 8 earned the right of playing in the 2015 NA LCS Spring Split by beating compLexity Gaming in the 2015 NA LCS Spring Promotion. They sported a record of 9 wins and 9 losses last Spring Split, on par with Team Liquid. Although inconsistency and mishaps plagued the team, Team 8 managed to remain in the LCS by ending up on 7th place last split and will surley have an impact on the 2015 Summer Split.
Current Roster Team 8:
- Top Lane: Steven “CaliTrlolz” Kim
- Jungle: Braeden “Porpoise” Schwark
- Mid Lane: Andrew “Slooshi” Pham | Goldenglue (starting from Week 4)
- ADC: Ainslie “maplestreet8” Wyllie | Zach “Nien” Malhas (starting from Week 2)
- Support: Jun “Dodo8” Kang
Notable achievements: 1st in 2011 MLG Raleigh, IEM Season VI – Global Challenge Cologne, 2010 WCG Grand Finals. 2nd in IEM Season VI – Global Challenge Guangzhou, IGN ProLeague 4, 2012 MLG Spring Championship. 3rd positions in IEM Season VI – World Championship, IEM Season VI – World Championship, IGN ProLeague 3, 2014 NA LCS Spring Playoffs, 2014 NA LCS Spring Regular Season.
The oldest League of Legends team that is still active to this day, Counter Logic Gaming is a North American organization founded by George “HotshotGG” Georgallidis in April 2010.
They placed 3rd in the regular season of last Spring Split but were easily eliminated by Team Liquid in the first round of the Spring Playoffs. Although they have suffered a tragic loss against Team Liquid, they will once again appear in the 2015 Summer Split for a chance to redeem themselves.
One of the most interesting fact about this team is the fact that they are one of the oldest teams in the League of Legends scene. CLG is only hosting its flagship team at the moment, though in the past they were also sponsoring Counter Logic Gaming Black, Counter Logic Gaming EU, and one Defense of the Ancients 2 team.
Current Roster CLG:
- Top Lane: Darshan “ZionSpartan” Upadhyaha
- Jungle: Jake “Xmithie” Puchero
- Mid Lane: Pobelter / HuHi
- ADC: Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng
- Support: Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black
Team Dragon Knights was formed in September 2014 with Jackpot, Trickster, Guardian, and Chorong as its roster. They defeated Winterfox in the 2015 Summer Promotion Tournament and secured a spot in the 2015 Summer Split.
As the year progresses, several roster changes were made. Although Alex Ich played for them during the 2015 Summer Promotion Tournament, he is still committed to another challenger team. They still have a vacant slot for the middle lane, which they have to resolve before the start of the 2015 Summer Split.
Current Roster Team Dragon Knights:
- Top Lane: Seraph
- Jungle: Kevin “Kez” Jeon
- Mid Lane: Ninja | Bischu (Week 1 -3 – because of Visa issues) | Mancloud (Week 4)
- ADC: Emperor | Lattman (Week 1 – 4 – because of Visa issues)
- Support: Andy “Smoothie” Ta | Baby (Week 1 and 2 – because of Visa issues)
Notable achievements (as LMQ): 1st in 2014 NA Spring Challenger Series Playoffs, 2014 NA Spring Challenger Series #2, North American Challenger League Season 2, 2014 NA Spring Challenger Series #1. 2nd position in 2014 NA LCS Summer Regular Season. 3rd at 2014 NA LCS Summer Playoffs, National Electronic Sports Tournament.
The history of Team Impulse goes way back last December 2015 as LMQ rebranded themselves into Team Impulse which includes a new roster comprising of Rush, XiaoWeiXiao, Adrian, and Fly as their head coach. The addition of Korean superstar and Season 3 World Champion, Impact, made Team Impulse one of the rising teams this season but they ended up 4th in the Playoffs. We will see if Team Impulse will rise during the 2015 LCS Summer Split.
Current Roster Team Impulse:
- Top Lane: Jun “Impact” Eon-yeong
- Jungle: Yoonjae “Rush” Lee
- Mid Lane: Xian “XiaoWeiXiao” Yu | Gate (week 9)
- ADC: Apollo “Apollo” Price
- Support: Adrian “Adrian” Ma
Notable achievements: 3rd place 2015 NA LCS Spring Split Playoffs, 2nd in IGN ProLeague Face Off, LCS North America Season 3 Spring Regular Season.
A multi-gaming team organization based in Netherlands, Team Liquid first acquired its roster by merging with Team Curse. They obtain the spot of Team Curse in the 2015 Spring Split with their roster comprising of Quas, IWillDominate, FeniX, Piglet, and Xpecial.
Korean players have plagued the North American scene for quite some time and Team Liquid is no exception as the addition of Piglet, Korean superstar and 2013 World Champion, made the team a force to be reckoned with. They placed 3rd in the recently concluded 2015 Spring Playoffs and are hungry to get into the Playoffs of the NA LCS Summer Split.
Current Roster Team Liquid:
- Top Lane: Diego “Quas” Ruiz
- Jungle: Christian “IWillDominate” Rivera
- Mid Lane: Kim “FeniX” Jae-hoon
- ADC: Chae “Piglet” Gwang-jin
- Support: Alex “Xpecial” Chu
Notable achievements: 1st in IGN ProLeague 3. 2nd position in the following: Riot Season 2 North American Regionals, IEM Season VI – World Championship. 3rd position in LCS North America Season 3 Spring Regular Season, 2012 MLG Spring Championship, IGN ProLeague 4, IEM Season VI – Global Challenge Kiev, 2011 MLG Providence.
Team Dignitas is an international gaming organization, formed in 2003 and headquartered in Great Britain. Hosting one on the major teams in the NA LCS, Team Dignitas has managed to place itself highly in many major events, both regional and international, since its formation with the acquisition of Rock Solid in September of 2011. They escaped relegation by winning the 2015 Summer Promotion against Team Fusion and remain in the LCS for the 2015 Summer Split.
Current Roster Team Dignitas:
- Top Lane: Gamsu
- Jungle: Azingy
- Mid Lane: Shiphtur
- ADC: Core JJ
- Support: kiwikid
A team that was founded in 2012 by Dan “Clerkie” Clerke, Robert “Chachi” Stemmler, and James “JR3” Ryan, Enemy eSports is a veteran in the Challenger Series.
They placed first in the 2015 Challenger Series, sporting an impressive record of 9 wins and only 1 loss. Now, they are ready to take their talents into the 2015 Summer Split.
Current Roster enemy eSports:
- Top Lane: Cuong “Flaresz” Ta
- Jungle: Jonas “Trashy” Andersen
- Mid Lane: Tyson “InnoX” Kapler
- ADC: Brian “otter” Baniqued
- Support: Adam “Bodydrop” Krauthaker
Notable achievements (as Curse Academy): 2nd position in: 2014 NA Challenger series summer playoffs, 2014 NA summer series summer #2, IPL summer promotion qualifier. 3rd position in 2014 NA Challenger series summer #1, 2014 NA Challenger Series Spring #2.
Formerly known as Children of IWDominate, Curse academy was picked up by the mother team Curse before the start of season 3. Forming from the ashes of Curse Academy, Gravity acquired the 2015 LCS Spring Split spot of Curse Academy which they had won via the 2015 Expansion Tournament. Although Gravity was eliminated by Team Impulse in the quarterfinals of the 2015 Spring Playoffs, they have showed an impressive performance for a newly-created team during the 2015 Spring Split, finishing 5th place with a record of 10 wins and 8 losses.
- Top Lane: Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell
- Jungle: Move
- Mid Lane: Lae-Young “Keane” Jang
- ADC: Altec
- Support: Michael “Bunny FuFuu” Kurylo
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