Potential LEC Roster Changes on the Horizon: Upset and Cabochard Exploring Free Agency
The 2020 LEC roster changes are exciting, especially when we factor in Europe’s current (premier) position in the world of competitive League. It is still a region defined by a long-established status quo. Many insanely talented players — like Origen’s Elias “Upset” Lipp and Team Vitality’s Lucas “Cabochard” Simon-Meslet — often didn’t have enough room to shine as bright as they could.
Most top-tier teams are all stacked beyond reason. We’re talking seasoned veterans who’ve been competing at the highest levels for years — and yet they haven’t regressed performance-wise in the slightest. When you’re up against giants like G2 Esports and Fnatic, you’d best come prepared. They’ll punish even the smallest mistakes and capitalize in a blink of an eye. And these individuals, like Upset and Cabo, for example, have often been equally exceptional at the game, but the same wasn’t always (if ever) true for their teammates. There was always a weak link or two, slowing the team down and hindering their odds of finding success.
That was the case with Origen (now Astralis) and especially Team Vitality over the last two years. Origen at least had a couple of seasoned veterans and was deemed as a dangerous contender; Vitality, on the other hand, didn’t have anything other than Cabochard and a couple of promising rookies. Vitality’s bet on up-and-coming talent didn’t pan out as, say, MAD Lions’. Heck, maybe that’s even an understatement.
Fortunately, both players have the option to explore free agency and potentially sign for different teams (right in time for the 2021 competitive season). Both individuals are in dire need of a reset. Finding new teams to call home would go a long way in providing them with a fresh start. We’ve all seen what Upset and Cabochard are capable of when they’re given the right support — mind-blowing, highlight-reel plays, in short. Unfortunately, most top-tier teams already have stacked rosters. Cabochard could, in theory, sign with Misfits Gaming or Rogue as both could use a more seasoned top laner, although the odds of it happening are quite slim.
Upset, on the other hand, garnered a lot of attention (even from LPL’s Invictus Gaming), which was also the case in the past. Still, his next move remains unknown at the time of this writing. He could bolster almost any LCS team, but the LEC is currently packed with talented marksmen. Either way, it’ll be interesting to see where both of these experienced veterans end up.