Going Over the LCS Roster Rumors for the 2020 Off-Season
The 2020 LCS off-season is right around the corner, which means we have a metric ton of roster rumors to go over. For some of us, this is truly the most exciting part of the year. Roster changes, gossip, and even a bit of poaching — the competitive League off-season is always a load of fun precisely because it allows us to theorycraft for weeks on end. And even though the off-season still hasn’t begun, many changes have already been set in motion. If this kind of start is any indication, we should be in for one heck of a ride over the next two and a half months as teams across the globe attempt to assemble the best possible line-ups they can for the upcoming season.
Before we go over the biggest and most alluring rumors that are currently circulating the web, let’s quickly list everything that we’ve already covered over the last two weeks:
- MAD Lions are looking to sign SupperMassive İrfan “Armut” Berk Tükek
- Cloud9 to promote Kim “Reignover” Yeu-jin as their LCS head coach — Confirmed
- Ibrahim “Fudge” Allami to replace Eric “Licorice” Ritchie — Confirmed
- Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett to remain with Dignitas for 2021 — Confirmed
- Danny “Dan Dan” Le Comte will no longer compete for Misfits Gaming
- Team Liquid is looking to import Barney “Alphari” Morris (of Misfits Gaming and Origen fame)
- Team Liquid is looking to sign a $4.2 million three-year contract extension with Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen
- Luka “Perkz” Perković is supposedly looking to switch back to mid lane and potentially sign for a new team
- Peter Dun (formerly of Splyce and MAD Lions) rumored to become the head coach of Evil Geniuses
Again, the off-season hasn’t even begun, and yet there’s already so much news! Exciting times, really.
2020 LCS Post-Season Roster Rumors
Most of these LCS roster rumors either came from Travis Gafford or some other source (Twitter, Esportmaníacos, ESPN’s Jacob Wolf, etc.) and, much like always, remember to take them with a grain of salt. Teams and players negotiate all the time, but things often fall through for a wide variety of reasons.
- 100 Thieves are supposedly interested in signing either Johnson “Johnsun” Nguyen or Victor “FBI” Huang. Both up-and-comers have shown immense growth throughout 2020 and are among the best in their role in the region. The fact that they’re “hot commodities” right now makes a ton of sense and it’s nice to see them get so much attention — it’s well-deserved.
- Former World Champion Bae “Bang” Jun-sik will no longer compete for Evil Geniuses. The organization is also trying to get Johnsun although there’s still no official confirmation.
- André Guilhoto, who recently coached LEC’s Origen, will now become the head coach of Immortals. The organization is looking to rebuild from the ground up with Nickolas “Hakuho” Surgent currently being the only player under contract.
- Jake “Xmithie” Puchero will no longer be competing under the Immortals banner. Hopefully this veteran will find a new team to call home as he’s still exceptional at the game and can bring a ton of experience and leadership to the table. He might not be as good as he was “back in the day,” but there aren’t many well-performing (let alone native) junglers in the LCS, so his stock should still be pretty darn high. If FlyQuest ends up losing Lucas Tao Kilmer “Santorin” Larsen, Xmithie would be a pretty good fit style-wise.
- Jeong “Impact” Eon-yeong will no longer play for Team Liquid and the same goes for Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen. As reported earlier, TL is looking to sign Barney “Alphari” Morris and Santorin instead. This means that Impact and Broxah will be highly sought-after come off-season. That especially holds true for Impact seeing how he won’t take up an import slot and is still performing at a pretty high level. Broxah’s stock definitely took a hit, but he’s still a valuable player that can empower any team, given the right structure and guidance.
- As for FlyQuest, things don’t look so good. There’s no telling how their starting line-up will look like, but with Santorin potentially leaving for TL, FlyQuest is bound to become a lot weaker come 2021.
- The Golden Guardians are one of the many teams that are currently in talks with Licorice, although it’s hard to imagine him signing with a mid-tier competitor given his overall stock and estimated value. They could also potentially lose their immensely successful (and surprisingly potent) bottom lane duo, so 2021 should be yet another year of rebuilding for the perennial LCS underdogs.
- Sergen “BrokenBlade” Çelik and Vincent “Biofrost” Wang will no longer compete under the Team SoloMid banner. The organization is currently looking for a new mid laner and support, and they’re potentially looking to sign either Impact or Licorice. Either way, if TSM manages to find a solid enough replacement for Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg, they’ll probably remain a force to be reckoned with throughout next year.
- Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer is no longer guaranteed to start for Cloud9. Whether this means he’ll share stage time with C9’s Academy mid laner Cristian “Palafox” Palafox still remains to be seen.
- Dignitas is looking to sign Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell along with Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi. If they do end up signing both LCS veterans — and retaining Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black — they’ll have quite a solid roster for 2021. If they can also sign someone like Henrik “Froggen” Hansen, they’ll have all the right tools to reach Top 6.
- Counter Logic Gaming is also interested in Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell and will probably sign Matthew “Deftly” Chen as their starting marksman. This age-old North American organization will have to make huge, sweeping changes if they intend on leaving a mark come 2021. They’ve pretty much dropped off a cliff performance-wise over the last couple of years and they need to start off fresh. Unfortunately — as expected — players aren’t exactly lining up to sign with the boys in black and blue; we can only hope that this perennial NA org ends up with a respectable roster that’ll hold its own come Spring Split.
That’s about it for the time being! Again, it’s worth mentioning that these are all LCS roster rumors circulating online for the 2020 off-season, and while most of them carry a fair bit of weight (i.e. come from verified and trusted sources), that doesn’t mean they’ll actually materialize in. Still, this long list of potential signings and roster shuffle rumors makes one thing clear: the upcoming 2020 LCS off-season is bound to deliver entertainment-wise!