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After transfers and new strategies, it is time for crazy battles and the next NA LCS Season! Learn more about all the teams, roster changes, and our little tips about the upcoming matches.
Even though fans of League of Legends were happy with the organization of the regular seasons so far, Riot decided to make some changes.
The first change is a major one related to the format of the maps that teams are playing against each other. For past seasons, they used to compete in Bo3 (best of 3). In other words, teams were playing until someone wins two maps. However, from this year the format will be returning to Bo1.
Riot states that it’s difficult to tune in halfway through a series and feel engaged. Also, it makes it less approachable for the majority of the League of Legends audience who is not tuning in right before game 1.
By that update, the company believes it will make the league more enjoyable to watch, more accessible for fans, and will be better for the general health of the competition.
Another major change is there won’t be a mid-year promotion/relegation. With that in mind, Riot wants to help the teams in terms of making investments in infrastructure, sponsorship, rosters, and team strategies.
You can check the full list of NA LCS 2018 changes in the following link.
Ten incredible teams will take part in the Spring Split in North America. The region is famous for its strong competitors usually performing well at the League of Legends Worlds Finals. Without wasting any more time, we will move on to our preview of the teams.
Hai “Hai” Du Lam brings his legendary leadership to the Golden State Warriors’ eSports franchise for its first season in the NA LCS. We are sure that this team has enormous potential to establish itself as a consistent participant in the regular seasons.
Of course, it is not a surprise that all of the players are newcomers. Samson “Lourlo” Jackson will be playing as a top-laner. His former teammate from team Liquid, Matthew “Matt” Elento, is also part of Golden Guardians. Juan “Contractz” Arturo Garcia from Cloud 9 and Matthew “Deftly” Chen from eUnited complete the squad.
Time for one of the most popular and classy teams in the region – Team Solo Mid.
The organization kept Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell and Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg, who will play respectively as top and mid. Moreover, TSM acquired the duo lane from one of the best European teams, G2 Esports. Yeah, exactly! Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen and Alfonso “mithy” Aguirre Rodríguez are now part of the American super team. Last but not least is Michael “MikeYeung” Yeung, who will be playing the role of jungler.
Despite the brutal competition this year, we are sure that TSM has one of the top 3 places secured already. With their high level of experience, great fans, and incredible new players, this is the logical thing, no doubt!
Next team on our list is also a permanent participant in LCS seasons. Cloud9 is also the only team from the North American region who has passed the group stage of Worlds. This year, the organization is adding two new members to bring some fresh firepower to the team.
After the departure of Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong, Cloud9 transferred Eric “Licorice” Ritchie to replace him as a top-later. With Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen in the jungler role, the squad is full and ready for the upcoming NA LCS 2018 season.
Our prediction is the team will deliver some great games in the Spring Split and will surely be in the upper part of the standings.
Counter Logic Gaming is one of the teams who will try to improve this year. They failed to qualify for the 2017 Worlds Finals, and now everyone in the organization is determined to do it this year.
CLG also kept more of the core players of the team for the new season. Darshan “Darshan” Upadhyaya, Choi “Huhi” Jae-hyun, and Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes will have the job of helping the new players adapt. Kim “Reignover” Yeu-jin is joining as jungler, while Vincent “Biofrost” Wang will play in the support role.
The team has a great potential to win over almost every team in the group. With the new members on board, CLG will be a dangerous competitor of the NA LCS 2018 Spring Split title!
Team Liquid ended in the disappointing 9th place at the 2017 Summer Split. The reaction from the organization is clear – replacing the roster. Five new players will compete in the upcoming battles. Improving the ranking from the last year won’t be a hard job, but claiming a Worlds title will be the real goal.
Yiliang “Peter” “Doublelift” Peng will be the star player of the squad. On the bottom lane, he will have to cooperate with Kim “Olleh” Joo-sung as a support. Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong will be in the top lane, while Jake “Xmithie” Puchero will be responsible for the gang from the jungle. Mid position is for Eugene “Pobelter” Park, who is replacing Son “Mickey” Young-min.
The Team Liquid roster this season is full of talent. Doublelift will surely lead the squad and with the help of Impact and the rest of the members, they can overtake the first place in the NA LCS 2018 Summer Split.
Echo Fox is another team that proves that the competition in the Spring Split will be fierce! Similarly to Team Liquid, the organization has added 5 new members to the roster. Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon is the key player here. As a former SK1 Telecom, expectations of him are massive.
Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett is coming from Team Liquid and will be playing in the jungle. Johnny “Altec” Ru and Adrian “Adrian” Ma were acquired from a free agency. The middle position is reserved for Kim “FeniX” Jae-hun.
With this interesting squad, Echo Fox will try to improve their position in this NA LCS 2018 season. They have great potential, but we expect a middle of the table standing for the team.
Last season Hai led the team to unexpected success, which included a fourth-place finish in the 2017 Spring Split Playoffs. Now with the departure of all their players, someone new will have to take that role and continue the improvement of the organization.
Lee “Flame” Ho-jong will have to fight some of the best top-laners in North America. Andy “AnDa” Hoang will be the jungler of the team, while Song “Fly” Yong-jun will play as mid. Jason “WildTurtle” Tran will cooperate with William “Stunt” Chen on the bottom lane.
Great talent is merged into the squad. However, we expect the team to come in around 6-7 place in the final ranking of the Split.
The organization acquired a new LCS Sport at the end of 2017. The roster is completely new, which is not a surprise for sure.
Derek “zig” Shao and Noh “Arrow” Dong-hyeon joined from Phoenix1, Matthew “Akaadian” Higginbotham from Echo Fox, Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage from Misfits, and Daerek “LemonNation” Hart was transferred from FlyQuest.
We believe that OpTic Gaming will bring their experience and professionalism from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive to their fresh League of Legends roster.
With the serious competition in this season, we believe OpTic will have to fight for their place at LCS North America.
100 Thieves enter the NA LCS in 2018 looking to steal the spotlight. With the help of the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA, the team has assembled a star-studded roster. Zaqueri “aphromoo” Black will look to lead his first new team in years, but Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho in the top lane will only be a teleport away.
With the Golden Guardians also in the league, we are looking up for some incredible “NBA” battles at the Summoner’s Rift.
Clutch Gaming is another organization backed by an NBA team. The Houston Rockets are behind the project and will transfer their professionalism into the League of Legends team.
Nam “LirA” Tae-yoo and Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten are surely the star players, while Apollo “Apollo” Price, Nickolas “Hakuho” Surgent, and Colin “Solo” Earnest will try to establish themselves in the squad.
We expect Clutch Gaming to be one of the teams in the middle of the standing, maybe towards the bottom half.
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