The LCS, the North American regional competition of League of Legends launches its new season tonight. A new season full of novelties that will once again fill the screens with fun for those brave enough to defy the time difference to follow it.
We are not lying when we say that the LCS is one of the most special leagues on the international scene. Bombastic signings, games of dubious tactical rigor and charismatic players. A cocktail that makes its development difficult to ignore.
For all those who want to delve into following this competition, here are five incentives that will make you change your sleeping habits and embrace coffee every morning as your first necessity.
Bjergsen and Doublelift continue to play in the LCS
No, it’s not a joke. If anyone has woken up from an uncontrolled nap since 2015 and looks at the rosters for the new LCS season he will see again Soren “Bjergsen” Bjerg Y Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng. The Dane and the American join forces again after spending several courses together at TSM, but this time they side with the thieves, wearing the 100 Thieves elastic.
The current double runner-up in the competition has changed four of the five pieces in this latest transfer market. With the firm objective of lifting the title again, they have placed themselves in the hands of two veterans who already know what it is to savor the honey of victory and together with them, they have incorporated two young talents from the subsidiary, the support Alan “Busio” Cwalina and for the top lane, the Canadian Milan “Tenacity” Oleksij.
Dignitas signs a superteamabout
One of the clubs with the longest history in the competition, Dignitas, has been the main protagonist in the hectic winter transfer market. From the noble zone of the organization there is anxiety to reverse the mediocre results of previous seasons and they have taken the checkbook out for a walk.
With respect to 2022 they have only kept the shooter and the support, signing players with a wide international tour for the other three positions. The Turk Irfan «Armut» Tükek disembarks from MAD Lions to try to recover the lost prominence in Europe. He is joined by two Danish players but with extensive background in the LCS: Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensenwho will have his third team in the region in Dignitas and the jungler Lucas “Santorin” Larsenanother common in North American lands.
Team Liquid seduces a world champion
If Team Liquid has been known for anything in recent years, it is for its financial solvency. Recurring are his uses of a thick checkbook to get the services of great figures available in the market. Although it does not always go well for them, looking at the results of 2022 we realize, they do not abandon their “modus operandi”.
The star signing for this new attempt to win the LCS champion is none other than Hong “Pyosik” Chang-hyeon, new world champion with DRX. The Korean will have another compatriot in the new signings section, Park “Summit” Woo-tae.
The latter had a fleeting stint at Cloud9, to later undertake another adventure, just as short, in the LPL and decide that life in North America is not so bad. Also joining, after shining last season in the academy team, Harry “Haeri” Kang for the center lane and Sean “Yeon” Sung as a shooter
The “Tactical Wizard” immortalizes his talent and Spica is released from jail
Baptized as “Tactical Wizard” by the colleagues of Bar Spica, leaders in the coverage of LCS in Spanish, this charismatic shooter has changed scenery for another year. After Team Liquid and TSM, he will now don the Immortals jacket, where he will be his main bulwark.
Precisely, another of the icons of Bar Spica is, how could it be otherwise, Mingy “Spica” Lu. The jungler arrives on a FlyQuest that will speak and display the Korean flag this season. With the exception of the Chinese, the rest of the players come from South Korea. At least until the issues with Bill “Elya” Nguyen.
The first of the signings, although of oriental origin, has been in Los Angeles almost as long as the Ferris wheel in the port of Santa Monica. Jeong “Impact” Eon-young will have its sixth team in the LCS in FlyQuest. Along with him come Lee “VicLa” Dae-kwangfrom KT Rolster, Lee “Prince” Chae-hwanarrived from SANDBOX Gaming, both, LCK teams and lastly Kim “Winsome” Dong-keonwho returns to North America after a brief stint with Unicorns of Love in Germany and will replace Elya for the moment as support.
The last two LCS champions don’t make big changes
If something works, don’t touch it. It seems like an easy dogma to apply, but in the LCS we already know that the logic that can be observed as spectators is not always followed. Even so, this season, the last two victors, Cloud9 and Evil Geniuses seem to have applied themselves in this aspect and have barely reformed their rosters.
The cloud team has only signed one player. To alleviate the departure of the emblematic Jensen, they have chosen to bet on young and foreign talent, nothing that we have not already seen. The German Dimitri “Diplex” Ponomarev 19-year-old embarks on the Atlantic voyage from the Vitality subsidiary. Without having yet proven himself in a top-level competition, he will have to quickly show what he is made of in a team whose name is always on the list of favorites for the title.
If we talked about Impact before, there is another player that we immediately associate with him, Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho. Also Korean, he also plays top lane and has also been in the LCS since before BTS were America’s most famous Koreans.
This transfer market has further strengthened the ties that relate these players, since the gap left by Impact in Evil Geniuses will be filled precisely by Ssumday. The former member of 100 Thieves also took the Australian shooter in his suitcase Victor “FBI” Huang who will complete his fourth year in the LCS.
Another novelty that will govern the 2023 LCS season is the calendar change. The days will be held on Thursday and Friday, so as not to overlap with the LEC, starting at 11:00 p.m. The late night associated with the enjoyment of the North American competition does not disappear.