2020 LCS Off-Season Rumors Update 11/16/2020
The 2020 LCS off-season is about to begin, which means we have yet another slew of exciting rumors and official announcements to go over. This batch isn’t as monumental as the ones we’ve covered in the past, but it’s still endlessly fascinating, especially if you’re a fan of any of the players and organizations listed below.
As always, take everything you read with a grain of salt. Teams and players negotiate all the time, and just because they’ve been in touch doesn’t necessarily mean any kind of signing will come to fruition. On the contrary! Still, these rumors have been confirmed by multiple trusted sources which means they carry a fair bit of weight. Plus, most of these signings make a ton of sense and are well within the M.O. of each respective organization. Fortunately, we’re bound to get official confirmation over the coming days and weeks, so stay tuned!
With that out of the way, let’s begin!
2020 LCS Off-Season Rumors Update 11/16/2020
- Team Liquid Santorin is basically a done deal — According to Travis Gafford, Team Liquid and Lucas Tao Kilmer “Santorin” Larsen have come to a verbal agreement. This means that this seasoned veteran will compete under the TL banner come 2021 and will be a part of what many deem as the most stacked roster in North American history. There’s really no weak link, no matter how you slice it. Even Edward “Tactical” Ra, the youngest and least experienced player of the bunch, has shown immense potential and is more than worthy of being surrounded by such spectacular individuals. Team Liquid (along with Cloud9) can already be considered as the biggest winners of the 2020 off-season, and — barring any unexpected synergy issues — are the frontrunners to win the 2021 LCS Spring Split.
- Evil Geniuses IgNar incoming — Most fans expected Lee “IgNar” Dong-geun to follow Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage to Team SoloMid, but it seems as though this seasoned veteran support had other plans. According to former ESPN reporter Jacob Wolf, EG IgNar is all but official. This is quite an interesting signing, and it sort of came out of the blue. First of all, Evil Geniuses had Tristan “Zeyzal” Stidam who performed pretty darn well throughout the year. He was by no means mind-blowing, but we’ve seen his highs and can confidently say that he’s more than worthy of the starting spot. Furthermore, the fact that IgNar will take up an import slot means that Johnson “Johnsun” Nguyen could potentially end up on EG as well. That’s quite a dangerous bottom lane duo, all things considered. Still, we need to see the rest of the roster before we can confidently make any kind of prediction. In any case, with Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen aboard as well, they’ll have all the right tools to compete with the best and are basically a shoo-in for the playoffs.
- 100 Thieves go big — Can “Closer” Çelik and Victor “FBI” Huang (formerly of the Golden Guardians) have supposedly come to terms with 100 Thieves and will be donning their jerseys come 2021. This is insanely exciting as they’ll instantly make 100 Thieves a playoff contender. We still need to wait and see whom 100T will sign as their support and mid laner, but they’ve made great moves thus far, so there’s definitely a reason for optimism. Still, Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho and Closer will take up import slots which means 100 Thieves will have to round out their roster with native players. That’ll prove a bit more problematic when it comes to the mid lane position, but they shouldn’t have too much trouble in finding the right support. Choi “huhi” Jae-hyun, Zeyzal, and David “Diamond” Bérubé are all worthy candidates, just to name a few.
- A Different Look for CLG — According to Jacob Wolf, CLG has decided to appoint Galen “Moon” Holgate as the head coach of their LCS team. This is quite a step up for Moon who coached CLG Academy throughout the second half of 2020. While CLGA didn’t accomplish much in the grand scheme of things, most fans would argue that they did far better than you’d expect given the line-up. That’s mostly because of Moon and his approach — he drafted simple, easy-to-execute team comps that aligned perfectly with CLGA’s strengths. That’s pretty much the way to go, at least when you’re not working with top-tier talent. He’s also an experienced player and is quite an interesting choice, especially when we factor in whom he’ll be replacing: Weldon “Weldon” Green and Kim “Ssong” Sang-soo. We’re talking polar opposites here (approach and philosophy-wise), but perhaps someone like Moon is exactly what CLG needs most. The bar has been set low, so any kind of improvement will be highly welcome in the 2020 LCS off-season.
Evil Geniuses Parts Ways With Three Players
With new signings being right around the corner, EG has decided to part ways with Greyson “Goldenglue” Gilmer, Bae “Bang” Jun-sik, and Colin “Kumo” Zhao. All three players did fairly well but were ultimately unable to leave much of a mark. Still, the fact that EG decided to keep Daniele “Jiizuke” di Mauro and Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon does make this somewhat interesting. Will they end up as starters come 2021? Or will they perhaps compete in Academy LCS? Neither player impressed all that much, and they definitely don’t come cheap, so having them compete in the “little leagues” doesn’t make much sense.
It’ll be interesting to see what the final Evil Geniuses line-up will look like. There’s a lot of potential, but also a number of ways in which this could go awry.
Team Liquid Rounds Out Its Coaching Staff
Team Liquid has signed Jonas “Kold” Andersen (former Splyce and Origen jungler) as their assistant coach and Jake “Spawn” Tiberi (former Riot OCE caster) as the head coach of TL Academy. This is absolutely huge news for Team Liquid fans! Not only will they have some of the best Western players of all time competing under their banner, but also a coaching staff worthy of leading such a stellar line-up.
All things considered, the outlook is incredibly bright for the boys in white and blue.