Golden Guardians to Start With Solo and Chime in the 2021 LCS Summer Split

by in League of Legends | May, 17th 2021

The Golden Guardians will enter the upcoming 2021 LCS Summer Split with a noticeably different roster — they’ll field LCS veteran Colin “Solo” Earnest (known for his pretty impressive Echo Fox and FlyQuest stints) and Jonathan “Chime” Pomponio instead of Aiden “Niles” Tidwell and former LLA champion Leandro “Newbie” Marcos (both of whom will be relegated to LCS Academy).

Still, they deserve praise and commendation for trying their hardest and for taking the path less traveled. It might not be much of a consolation prize, but at least it’s something.

Temper Your Expectations

With a veteran top laner like Solo aboard, the Golden Guardians should, in theory, do a bit better this time around. Niles was the very definition of a weak link, and was getting exploited and punished for his poor map awareness and underwhelming performance each and every single game. At first it was sort of funny; then, over time, it all morphed into a bona fide tragedy.

By the same token, Chime showed a ton of promise back in the NA Scouting Grounds and is definitely a promising young talent worthy of attention. Then again, the LCS is chock-full with spectacular supports (and a couple of seasoned “geezers” who can still trade blows from time to time) which doesn’t bode well for someone as green and inexperienced as Chime. If Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes doesn’t “show him the ropes” they’ll both be in for an even ruder awakening than expected. Either way, Golden Guardians is making some big changes this mid-season with the addition of Chime and Solo, and only time will tell if it’ll pay off better for them than the Spring line-up.


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