2020 LCS Summer Split Team Dignitas Roster Finalized
With the 2020 LCS Summer Split being right around the corner, Team Dignitas took to Twitter to announce their finalized starting roster! With a solid 10-man line-up, the coaching staff had their hands full with a fairly thorough tryout process. In the end, however, it seems as though they’ve decided on the best and most optimal squad.
Let’s dive a bit deeper into who’s in and whether or not it’ll be enough to leave a mark in the grand scheme of things.
Dignitas 2020 Starting Roster
- Top: Omran “Viper” Shoura
- Jungle: Matthew “Akaadian” Higginbotham
- Mid: Henrik “Froggen” Hansen
- AD: Johnson “Johnsun” Nguyen
- Support: Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black
On paper, there’s a lot to like. This is an aggressive, mechanically talented line-up and if they synergize as well as they could, they might be able to compete on even footing with some of the better teams in the LCS — at least once the split begins. Akaadian is an early game beast and has improved Dignitas tenfold after taking the reins from Jonathan “Grig” Armao.
Froggen is still as talented and dominant as ever, with multiple damage records to his name. His ability to impact the map and clutch things out is mesmerizing and is arguably what makes Dignitas such a deceptively strong dark horse. As for their bottom lane, they’ve been both hot and cold throughout last Spring, but at least there’s a fair bit of potential. Johnsun will now play with less pressure and with a veteran like Aphromoo by his side he’s bound to perform even better in the second half of 2020. Will Aphromoo be able to keep up, however? It’s not a matter of old age but rather a question of motivation.
This leaves us with Viper, solo queue superstar and former FlyQuest Rookie of the Split. He had a very solid 2019 but had regressed far beyond what anyone expected. FlyQuest improved as a whole, which made Viper’s inability to adapt and follow suit all the more obvious. Was it just a one-off kind of thing, a short fall from grace that’s a natural part of competing on the highest of levels? Or, perhaps, a sign of the things to come, and the fact that maybe his transition to pro play wasn’t as seamless as we first believed. Either way, he’s supposedly highly motivated to prove his worth and redeem for a severely underwhelming first half of 2020.
The only question now is: will they be able to reach any higher with this slightly updated roster? Viper is far less volatile than the man he replaced, and Akaadian is a perfect stylistic match with the rest of the team, so there’s a good reason to be excited. At a glance, this is a mid-tier team that has the potential to reach the playoffs. Whether or not that’ll end up being the case is impossible to predict, especially given the inconsistent nature of the vast majority of Dignitas’ roster.
Finally, if things don’t pan out as expected (at least early on), Dignitas could very well end up subbing in someone like Samson “Lourlo” Jackson or Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett from their Academy LCS roster. They have depth within their 10-man line-up and they aren’t afraid to utilize it, should the need arise.
Fortunately, we won’t have to wait for long to find out.