The NA LCS Summer Split is back in action. The competition hosts the best teams from the competitive landscape of League of Legends. Just like the EU LCS, NA LCS has adopted the franchising model. After all the drama, we have finally got the 10 same teams we had last season. However, the rosters of each team have changed drastically. With these roster changes, we might see new contenders for the title.
Each team has played a couple of matches in the new season. It will take time for the league table to shape up. However, we can see from the early performances that which team will stand out in the Summer Split. Let’s have look at the game between the two team that managed to get into top five ranking in the spring season.
Team SoloMid was co-founded in 2009 by Dan Dinh and Andy ‘Reginald’ Dinh. The current owner of the team is Reginald. Under his ownership, the team has shaped up to be one of the best teams in North America.
The side has been competing in the NA LCS since its formation in 2011. The side was a force to be reckoned with from the start since it managed to qualify for the finals of first 10 seasons. They also managed to lift the title 10 times.
Team SoloMid is the only side in the history of Riot that managed to qualify for every World Championship of LoL. In the previously held Spring Split 2018, the side finished at the 3rd spot after getting knocked out in the quarterfinals by Clutch Gaming.
The team is coached by Kim ‘SSONG’ Sang-soo. Meanwhile, in the last few seasons, Soren ‘Bjergsen’ Bjerg has been the leader of the side. He is considered one of the best mid laners of the NA region. On top of that, the addition of Alfonso ‘Mithy’ Aguirre Rodriguez and Jesper ‘Zven’ Svenningsen in 2018 have made TSM a much stronger side.
According to analysts, this duo has brought the much-needed stability to the side. However, the side needs time to adjust to these changes. TSM has started Summer Split with two wins and one loss, which shows that the team is adapting to the changes. They will be looking to learn for the upsets of last season and qualify for this year’s worlds on a high.
After the purchase of Quantic Gaming League of Legends team, Jack Etienne founded Cloud9 in 2012. Cloud9 is arguably one of the best sides of competitive NA but still falls in the shadow of TSM. Bok ‘Reapered’ Han-gyu is the current coach of the side.
The leader of the team is Zachari ‘Sneaky’ Scuderi who is also a part-time cosplayer. He plays the role of ADC and is a force to be reckoned with in the bot lane. He is the only player to be a part of the Cloud9 roster since 2012. He is clinical to bring back the glory days to his side.
However, there are rumors that he not settled with the current management of the team. This might have affected his performance in the game since C9 has lost two and won one series in the LCS Summer so far. With the stats of 11 wins and 7 losses, the team finished at 5th place in the Spring Split.
They were defeated by the Champions, Team Liquid in the playoffs. The battle for the top spot was a close one in Spring and we might see similar performances this time around.
With the problems on the side, this season C9 may very well lose to the in-form team of TSM.
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