Team Vitality Finalizes Roster for 2020 LEC Summer Split
After an incredibly disappointing Spring Split, Team Vitality has decided to make a couple of welcome changes to their starting roster just in time for the 2020 Summer Split! The fact that they finished dead last isn’t that big of a problem; the fact that they looked downright abysmal (regardless of the opponent) is what was worrying.
The LEC is a hyper-competitive region. That’s a fact. Losing is a part of the game and when you have behemoths like G2 Esports and Fnatic competing as well, it’s perfectly natural that you’re going to end up with a couple of seemingly unavoidable losses. Still, Team Vitality didn’t look even remotely good. After nine whole weeks, they didn’t look much better than they did at the start of the split. They were downright awful on an individual level but also as a five-man unit, and no matter what they did, no matter what they drafted, they just couldn’t improve.
It’s impossible to know who’s to blame at this point. Maybe it was their lackluster coaching staff, or the subpar roster? Maybe it was a mix of both. There are so many moving pieces that affect a team dynamic so it’s always tricky evaluating anyone’s effectiveness or overall value. We don’t know any of the details that play an integral part. In any case, you can bet that everyone’s looking to forget the past and move on to the Summer Split as quickly as possible. Vitality’s initial run was an experiment of sorts and it simply didn’t pan out. The fact that they had multiple visa issues at the start of the split heavily affected their chances as well.
Fortunately, it seems as though they’ve finally fixed their biggest problems and will now look to correct course and attempt to leave a mark in the second half of the season.
Let’s take a closer look at their starting roster!
Team Vitality 2020 Summer Split Roster
Top: Lucas “Cabochard” Simon-Meslet
Jungle: Cantoursna “Nji” An (promoted from Academy Vitality.Bee)
Mid: Aljoša “Milica” Kovandžić (best known for his stellar KlikTech play in EU Masters)
Bottom: Markos “Comp” Stamkopoulos
Support: Labros “labrov” Papoutsakis (fantastic Greek support who just turned 18) & Jakub “Jactroll” Skurzyński
If you’re scratching your head, know that you’re not in the minority. This is a perplexing roster, frankly speaking. It is by no means a top-tier behemoth, and the changes which were made won’t be that noticeable in the grand scheme of things. Getting Milica as a starter will finally give them a much-needed boost in the mid lane, but other than that, their changes in the jungle and bottom lane are far from monumental.
One could argue that they’re insufficient. Nji is a talented prospect, but many fans argue that Duncan “Skeanz” Marquet showed a lot more promise in the “Academy” leagues and are saying that he didn’t get a fair tryout, given just how bad Vitality looked as a five-man unit. It’s hard to fairly judge anyone’s talent and potential if they’re playing for the worst team in the region.
Furthermore, the fact that they’ve retained Jactroll, widely regarded as one of the worst supports in the league, is also a cause for concern. An upgrade in the mid lane, a sidegrade in the jungle (at best), and a bottom lane that may or may not look differently once Summer Split begins is by no means a slew of changes fans were expecting.
Finishing 10th isn’t the moment for small, nuanced changes but rather huge, widespread adjustments and shifts from top to bottom. To make a noticeable improvement, Vitality had to do more. It’s still too early to know anything with confidence, but it looked like their problems weren’t retained on the surface level, but rather went as deep as the marrow of the bone. They were the worst team in the region from start to finish and these negligible changes probably won’t mean much.
They could end up beating SK Gaming or, at best, Schalke 04, but anything above that would be an optimistic stretch. In any case, we hope that this 2020 Summer Split Team Vitality roster will yield better results and compete on a somewhat even footing. Watching them fumble and fail weekly is not an enjoyable sight. Struggling is one thing; playing abysmal League of Legends is an entirely different problem.