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League of Legends

League of Legends Offseason Roster Shuffle Tracker

Mike Plant

It’s the greatest time of the year: League of Legends Roster Shuffle. Every year it seems as though the roster changes come earlier and earlier, with teams announcing major roster movements during Worlds 2021.

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After a disappointing display at Worlds, FPX is revamping their roster this offseason (Photo via FPX)

We’ll be with you every step of the way, updating player signings, trades, and the implications for their new and former teams.

This page will be updated daily with the newest transactions.

NOVEMBER 25 ROSTER MOVES

G2 SAY FAREWELL TO WUNDER

What it means for G2: This is the formal announcement of Martin “Wunder” Hansen’s departure from G2 Esports. CEO Carlos “ocelote” Rodríguez Santiago revealed it was coming earlier in the offseason, but this is the confirmation. G2 will field a new top laner for the first time since Wunder replaced Ki “Expect” Dae-han in late 2017. Only Caps and Jankos will return from the 2021 roster, coaching staff included. G2 should be able to attract some of the biggest free agent names in the pool.

NONGSHIM REDFORCE COMPLETE ROSTER WITH CANNA, GHOST

What it means for NS: Nongshim RedForce completed their roster by adding top laner Kim “Canna” Chang-dong and ADC Jang “Ghost” Yong-jun. Both were starters for the LCK’s top two teams in 2021, but were considered more ancillary pieces. On the plus side, NS already have a clear carry to focus around in Bdd. However, this looks like a weaker version of the roster Gen.G put around him last year. NS can expect to compete for a playoff spot, but would have to exceed expectations to be one of the top teams in the LCK>

What it means for T1: T1 committed to Canna by Summer, but they gave Choi “Zeus” Woo-je opportunities to win the spot earlier in the year. Canna took a step back last year after being perhaps the strongest member on T1 in 2020. T1 and Canna also had a miscommunication at the end of the year that made T1 look to move on from the top laner. With Nuguri expected to take a break from competitive play, T1’s options to replace Canna on the free agent market look limited. We could see Zeus get another shot at the main roster.

What it means for DK: Ghost was not a star on DK, but he played his role as a weakside bot laner very well. Assuming DWG KIA can bring back ShowMaker and Canyon, they should once again be looking for an ADC who can do well with limited resources. As of right now, DK only have last year’s subs under contract. They have a lot of work to do.

NOVEMBER 24 ROSTER MOVES

BJERGSEN UNRETIRES, LEAVES TSM FOR TEAM LIQUID

What it means for TL: Team Liquid had the best domestic mid laner in 2021 in Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen. They will also have the best domestic mid laner in 2022 after signing Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg out of retirement. While it may be a marginal upgrade at mid, every upgrade counts for a team with ambitions like TL. They have completed one of the best and most expensive LCS rosters of all-time with Bwipo, Santorin, Bjergsen, Hans sama, and CoreJJ. Anything less than first in the LCS would be a failure.

What it means for TSM: TSM see their star player and former head coach head to one of their biggest rivals. Not only does it kill them from a competitive standpoint, it hurts their standing with fans. Some fans will realize that they were bigger Bjergsen fans than TSM fans and follow the mid laner with his move. Bjergsen was forced to sell his TSM shares before leaving, so there is no conflict of interest with the team. TSM have yet to name a replacement mid laner after moving on from PowerOfEvil in pursuit of Bjergsen.

ADAM LEAVES FNATIC

What it means for FNC: Not only did Adam “Adam” Manaane announce his departure from Fnatic, he did so with a bang. In it he voices his frustration with Elias “Upset” Lipp for leaving the team for an emergency before Worlds. Regardless of whether Upset was justified, it confirms that there was legitimate friction behind the scene for Fnatic. Adam did well for a rookie thrust into a competitive roster, but it’s no surprise to see Fnatic look for an upgrade. As of right now, only Upset and Hylissang are locks to return in 2022.

CHOVY MAKES BIG MOVE TO GEN.G

What it means for GEN: There was only one way Gen.G would trade away Bdd, and that’s if they knew they had another big mid laner coming in free agency. There is none bigger than Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon. Many think of Chovy as the best laning mid in the world. He now joins two of his former Griffin teammates on a star studded Gen.G roster with Doran, Peanut, Ruler, and Lehends. DWG KIA and T1 will be formidable foes, but anything short of a championship would be a disappointment for this roster. Gen.G have also added legendary former jungler Go “Score” Dong-bin as their head coach.

What it means for HLE: Hanwha Life got to enjoy a year of Chovy carrying the team, but will not have that luxury next year. Jungler Kim “Willer” Jeong-hyeon and support Oh “Vsta” Hyo-seong are the only starters still under contract. Unless they can convince ShowMaker to leave DWG KIA, HLE are in for a big downgrade mid and a lesser roster in 2022.

NONGSHIM REDFORCE SIGN DREAD, EFFORT

What it means for NS: Nongshim RedForce have started to fill out their roster. A day after announcing their trade for Bdd, NS announced the signings of jungler Lee “Dread” Jin-hyeok and support Lee “Effort” Sang-ho. Neither is a splash signing, but signing solid veterans makes NS’ intention of competing clear. It will be interesting to see who NS get to play ADC to replace deokdam, as he might be the best ADC left on the market. NS still must also sign a top laner.

What it means for AF: Dread moves on from Afreeca Freecs after three years with the organization. In his place, AF signed former T1 jungler Ellim. While he has less experience, AF hopes he can grow into a more consistent player than Dread. AF’s roster reconstruction is already complete. Ellim, FATE, Teddy, and Hoit all joined Kiin.

What it means for SB: Liiv SANDBOX have yet to fill their support position after moving on from Effort. They will be remaking their bot lane from scratch with the additional departure of Prince. The new bot lane will have a strong top side trio to work with Clozer, Croco, and Dove.

NOVEMBER 23 ROSTER MOVES

HANS SAMA LEAVES ROGUE TO JOIN TEAM LIQUID

What it means for TL: There is a new best bot lane in the West (on paper). Former Rogue star ADC Steven “Hans sama” Liv is the latest LEC player to make his way to the LCS. With TL he will pair with CoreJJ for what should be one of the best bot lanes in the world. This also all but confirms that TL are confident in CoreJJ getting a Green Card early into the year. TL have secured what looks like the strongest team in the LCS. However, that was also the case last year and TL did not win either split. It might be even more of a surprise if that happens again this year.

What it means for RGE: It’s a sad week for Rogue fans. Despite having their core locked into long term contracts, Rogue have now sold their two best players to the LCS. Even though Rogue underwhelmed in high pressure playoff scenarios, it’s disappointing to see them give up on their best performing players. Regardless of what they do to fill the spots in free agency, they will come into 2022 with lowered expectations.

MAD LIONS SIGN ROOKIES REEKER, UNFORGIVEN

What it means for MAD: MAD Lions have signed mid laner Steven “Reeker” Chen and ADC William “UNF0RGIVEN” Nieminen. While Carzyy’s departure was already confirmed, this all but confirms mid laner Marek “Humanoid” Brázda will move on. It’s unfortunate that MAD Lions either couldn’t or wouldn’t spend to keep their championship team intact. We will see if more members leave, or if MAD will just try to incorporate these two rookies around three returning members. Even so, MAD have unfortunately downgraded their roster for 2022.

RASCAL AND LIFE MOVE TO KT ROLSTER

What it means for KT: KT Rolster have once again proven they want to win as soon as possible. After adding veterans Cuzz and Aiming, they have now added former Gen.G top laner Kim “Rascal” Kwang-hee and support Kim “Life” Jeong-min. The two are available because they are coming off somewhat down seasons and Gen.G thought they could get upgrades. While KT Rolster are getting solid veterans, all of them besides Aiming were not pursued by their own teams. KT can become a playoff hopeful if they can sign a strong mid to round out their roster.

GEN.G ADD DORAN, LEHENDS

What it means for GEN: Gen.G have re-done most of their roster in a single day, adding top laner Choi “Doran” Hyeon-joon and support Son “Lehends” Si-woo to their acquisition of Peanut. Along with Ruler, this now confirms four of Gen.G’s starting lineup. Only mid lane is left. Considering their willingness to surrender Bdd, it would be shocking to see them settle for anything less than Chovy or ShowMaker. This roster has a chance to be great if they can secure one of those two mids.

GEN.G TRADE BDD TO NONGSHIM REDFORCE FOR PEANUT

What it means for GEN: This is an interesting trade for Gen.G. While Han “Peanut” Wang-ho did win MVP of the Summer Split, there’s little doubt that Gwak “Bdd” Bo-seong is the more valuable player. Bdd was at times dragging Gen.G along to victory in 2021. However, we wouldn’t expect Gen.G to make this move if they did not have a new mid laner already in line. Could it be one of the free agent superstars Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon or Heo “ShowMaker” Su?

What it means for NS: Nongshim RedForce may only have one player under contract for next season, but at least it’s a good one. The addition of Bdd is a good sign that NS want to be competitive again and are looking to build a strong roster, rather than scale back after last season’s surprising success. However, it’s still too early to say how successful they will be without seeing more of their roster.

COACH ZEFA RE-JOINS DWG KIA

What it means for DK: DWG KIA are assembling the dream coaching staff. After already re-adding Daeny to the fold, DK have now re-added Lee “Zefa” Jae-min as well. Along with kkOma, they have one of the most experienced and respected coaching staffs in the world. With so much roster uncertainty, the coaching staff could be more important than ever for DK.

NOVEMBER 22 ROSTER MOVES

BWIPO LEAVES FNATIC TO JOIN TEAM LIQUID

What it means for TL: Team Liquid have found their replacement for Alphari. Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau is leaving Fnatic and role swapping back to top from jungle. That could be key for TL because it not only gives them a star top laner, but also gives them a backup jungler in case Santorin’s migraines return. Bwipo will bring a very aggressive, skirmish-heavy playstyle to what has historically been a passive TL team. Bwipo will take up an import slot. TL have used up their import slots, unless CoreJJ is able to get a Green Card.

What it means for FNC: Bwipo leaves Fnatic after four years of service. Though Fnatic sometimes had clashes in playstyle, Bwipo was consistently a great player for the team. His transition to jungler went surprisingly well, as he established himself as one of the best in the LEC. Fnatic will look to the free agent class to try to fill the void.

INSPIRED JOINS EVIL GENIUSES

What it means for EG: After splitting time between Svenskeren and Contractz in 2021, Evil Geniuses have found a more permanent jungle solution for 2022. Kacper “Inspired” Słoma has left Rogue to join the LCS. After establishing himself as one of the best junglers in the LEC, Inspired is an instant upgrade to the EG roster. EG’s acquisition of Vulcan and promotion of jojopyun allowed them to use an import slot to grab Inspired. With four of their starters set, the only question remains if Impact will continue as the starter. EG’s competitiveness will hinge on how well jojopyun fares as a rookie.

What it means RGE: It wasn’t long ago that Rogue tweeted out that Inspired wasn’t going anywhere. As it turns out, money talks. EG had enough of it to get Rogue to part with the star jungler, even though it will certainly weaken their roster. Given this development, it wouldn’t be surprising to see more of their 2021 lineup traded away. ADC Steven “Hans sama” Liv is their most valuable asset remaining.

RULER REMAINS WITH GEN.G

What it means for GEN: In a move that should surprise no one, Gen.G are keeping ADC Ruler for the 2022 season. Ruler has been a mainstay and focal point for the organization dating back to the days of Samsung Galaxy in 2016. The bigger question will be what players they can add around Ruler to get back to winning titles. Clid and Rascal are already confirmed to have left. Will Bdd and Life join them?

FLYQUEST SIGNS TOUCOUILLE MID

What it means for FLY: FlyQuest have signed mid laner Loïc “toucouille” Dubois to their main roster. Toucouille comes from the LFL, where he recently won their Spring Season MVP award. This will be toucouille’s first chance to play in a major region. He is known for his mage play, specifically Orianna and Syndra. FlyQuest continue to try to develop young talent in their carry roles, but this time are doing so with a veteran presence in aphromoo. The mid jungle duo of toucouille and Josedeodo should be an aggressive combination.

CARZZY LEAVES MAD LIONS

What it means for MAD: ADC Matyáš “Carzzy” Orság has opted to leave MAD Lions. The move is somewhat surprising after a great year by the clear top team in Europe. While it would have been nice to see this roster see what they could achieve internationally with another year together, there will instead be changes. The rest of the lineup remains under contract through next year, but Carzzy’s contract had not expired, either. There could be more changes on the way.

MORGAN EXITS HANWHA LIFE

What it means for HLE: Top laner Park “Morgan” Gi-tae will not return to Hanwha Life in 2022. Morgan split time with Lee “DuDu” Dong-ju, but got every start in the playoffs and at Worlds. DuDu is under contract through 2022, so HLE could just turn to him. Otherwise, there are several strong free agents available — most notably Nuguri. HLE are already in a big hole having to replace Chovy and Deft. Their roster will look very different next year.

NOVEMBER 21 ROSTER MOVES

DOINB LEAVES FUNPLUS PHOENIX

What it means for FPX: It’s the end of an era for FunPlus Phoenix. Star mid laner Kim “Doinb” Tae-Sang will not return to the organization. Doinb joined at the end of 2018 and helped FPX win domestic titles and the 2019 World Championship. He is a star who is still in form, winning the 2021 LPL Summer Season MVP.

Considering his dynamic personality, individual skill, and strategic mind, there is no way that FPX did not try to re-sign Doinb. It will be a massive blow to the organization after already losing Nuguri and Tian. Doinb is obviously the biggest loss of all. Besides his obvious skill, Doinb’s fan popularity and Chinese residency make him one of the most desirable free agents on the market. FPX will almost certainly have a roster downgrade in 2022.

TEAM LIQUID CONFIRM COREJJ REMAINS ON TEAM

What it means for TL: Team Liquid have confirmed that star jungler Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in remains on the roster for 2022. That isn’t really surprising, because CoreJJ would only leave if he forced his way out or retired. He is possibly the best player in the entire LCS. There are rumors that CoreJJ is in the process of getting a Green Card, which would grant him NA residency. If so, TL could open another import slot to replace Tactical at ADC. The offseason is shaping up well for TL so far, even with the loss of Alphari.

RIVER LEAVES PSG TALON FOR DIGNITAS

What it means for DIG: Dignitas will not be an all-NA team again in 2022. They have signed Korean jungler Kim “River” Dong-woo. Despite being of Korean background, River has spent his career in the LJL and PCS. He joins Dignitas as a player with Worlds experience and one who can carry from the jungle. With four spots solidified, Dignitas now just need to sign their mid laner to complete their roster. They have one import slot remaining. Barring an incredible signing, Dignitas do not look like a top half LCS team.

What it means for PSG: After a pair of PCS titles and a very strong 3-3 showing at Worlds, PSG Talon will not be able to keep their roster intact. River is the first domino to fall, but there could be others. Both top laner Su “Hanabi” Chia-Hsiang and mid laner Huang “Maple” Yi-Tang have seen their contracts expire. Only bot laners Wong “Unified” Chun Kit and Ling “Kaiwing” Kai Wing are signed through 2022.

NOVEMBER 20 ROSTER MOVES

CLOUD9 REVEAL 2022 ROSTER

What it means for C9: Cloud9 have made some big changes to their lineup for 2022. Perkz and Vulcan are out, while Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen seems to be demoted but still with the organization. In comes top laner Summit, ADC Kim “Berserker” Min-cheol, and supports Jonah “Isles” Rosario and Kim “Winsome” Dong-keon. Former top laner Fudge is role swapping to mid lane.

It’s a lot to take in. Only Blaber will be remaining in his same role from last year. Summit, Berserker, and Winsome are three Korean imports, but Winsome was born in the United States and thus has NA residency. The lineup has a ton of individual skill, but it will be interesting to see how quickly it can come together. It will be on the coaching staff to integrate the Korean trio as quickly as possible. There could be early bumps in the road, especially with Fudge role swapping.

Joining Berserker, one of Winsome or Isles will also be getting their first starting experience in a major region. That worked out handsomely for C9 and Fudge last year, but C9 are banking on a lot of youth stepping up in 2022.

What it means for SB: Liiv SANDBOX are trying a role swap of their own and have replaced Summit with Dove in top lane. They should be familiar with his skill set considering the two years he spent there previously.

What it means for T1: Another day, another T1 player signing on as a starter to another organization. Berserker got a ton of hype for his play with T1 Academy and Challengers, but there was no realistic path to playing time on the main team behind Gumayusi and Teddy.

TACTICAL RE-JOINS TSM

What it means for TSM: After spending two years with Team Liquid, Tactical has returned to TSM. TSM probably regretted letting him go after they’ve had a revolving door at the position over the past couple of years. Tactical comes back with experience and trophies, though he’s sure to have a downgrade in support from CoreJJ. Alongside Huni and Spica, TSM still have two import slots to fill their mid and support vacancies. Expect them to swing for the fences.

What it means for TL: Team Liquid allowed Tactical to leave, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see them look for an upgrade. While Tactical is one of the better NA ADCs, Team Liquid could look to import. Ordinarily, they would be capped, but CoreJJ is in the process of obtaining a Green Card to gain NA residence. In that case, TL could import both a new top laner and ADC.

TEAM LIQUID WELCOME BACK SANTORIN

What it means for TL: Team Liquid have announced jungler Lucas “Santorin” Tao Kilmer Larsen returns to the team for 2022. Santorin is an important piece to TL because of his NA resident status. Team Liquid must be confident in his ability to continue playing after battles with migraines knocked him out for portions of 2021. Santorin is one of the best junglers in the LCS when healthy and can facilitate the star-studded roster TL are sure to put together. They must now replace top lane and ADC after the departures of Alphari and Tactical.

SK GAMING BID FAREWELL TO BLUE

What it means for SK: SK Gaming have bid farewell to mid laner Ersin “Blue” Gören. Blue started the majority of games for SK in 2021, ceding only three starts in Summer to Mihail “twohoyrz” Petkov. Blue’s laning was not a strong point for SK. Despite having the highest counterpick rate among mid laners in Summer (73%), Blue ranked last among LEC mids in gold difference and XP difference at 10 minutes. SK will hope to find a mid with better laning for next year.

AFREECA FREECS REBUILD AROUND KIIN

What it means for AF: Afreeca Freecs have rebuilt their entire roster around star top laner Kim “Kiin” Gi-in. They have signed jungler Choi “Ellim” El-im, mid laner FATE, ADC Teddy, and support Ryu “Hoit” Ho-seong. In picking this lineup, AF have essentially signed a T1 backup squad with Kiin and FATE as new solo laners. That’s no knock on the quality, as T1 were as deep as any team possibly has ever been. Along with FATE, they might represent the strongest group of teammates Kiin has had in years.Still, Afreeca Freecs signed three players who didn’t even start for a team that didn’t win the LCK in Spring or Summer.

What it means for T1: T1 see three of their 2021 backups head to one of their bigger competitors. While obviously none of them won the starting jobs on T1 late in the year, T1 could still end up regretting the decision to move forward with their current starters over Ellim, Teddy, and Hoit. Those three will have plenty of motivation to prove T1 wrong after being passed over.

What it means for SB: Liiv SANDBOX signed a former T1 mid of their own in Clozer. FATE had a great showing in 2021 Summer, but it wasn’t long ago that Clozer was considered the future of T1. SB are betting on the vast potential of Clozer over the dependability of FATE.

NOVEMBER 19 ROSTER MOVES

FAKER IS BACK WITH T1

What it means for T1: The greatest player of all time is back. After some speculation that he could explore other offers, T1 have re-signed Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok. T1 had to have been confident that Faker would never go anywhere after they let Clozer depart in free agency. Faker will continue on with a very good roster around him in Oner, Gumayusi, and Keria. It remains to be seen if T1 will keep Kim “Canna” Chang-dong or replace him in free agency. Regardless, the king is back.

GUILHOTO JOINS AS TEAM LIQUID HEAD COACH

What it means for TL: Team Liquid have a new permanent head coach. Guilhoto comes over from Immortals to replace Jonas “Kold” Andersen, who moves back to an assisting role. Team Liquid had a tumultuous campaign in 2021, punctuated by Alphari’s benching and Jatt’s resignation as head coach. Team Liquid would benefit from a steadying influence on what will be a new lineup. They hope Guilhoto can provide that stability.

CLG ANNOUNCE FULL ROSTER

What it means for CLG: After getting rid of their entire 2021 roster, CLG have quickly put together a new five-man unit. Top laner Thomas “Jenkins” Tran, jungler Juan “Contractz” Garcia, mid laner Palafox, ADC Luger, and support Poome form the new lineup. Heavy on youth, CLG are not making the same mistake in throwing money at players in the back halves of their careers. Still, it would be a surprise to see this roster challenge for a spot in the top half of the league. Avoiding finishing in the bottom two places in the LCS would probably be a success for CLG.

What it means for EG: Contractz split time with Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen in the regular season and playoffs, so this move is a sign that Contractz was not in their plans for 2022. Svenskeren may not be either, as EG are going young with jojopyun and Danny. Assuming they keep Impact, EG would be able to import a jungler after acquiring Vulcan from Cloud9.

What it means for FLY: FlyQuest had previously announced the departure of Palafox. He split time with academy mid Stephen “Triple” Li, who could get a shot at the main roster if FlyQuest can’t find a suitable free agent. They have already locked in aphromoo and Johnsun as their starting bot lane.

What it means for 100T: Luger and Poome were part of the famed 100T development system, though their team’s 2021 Summer record was not exactly dominant. Poome will get a second shot at the LCS, while Luger will breakthrough to a major region starting lineup for the first time since coming over from Turkey. The placement of Luger and Poome in the LCS should help 100T continue to attract young talents to their organization.

CUZZ, AIMING JOIN KT ROLSTER

What it means for KT: So much for the thought of ushering in a youth movement for KT Rolster. Instead, they’ve signed free agent jungler Cuzz and ADC Kim “Aiming” Ha-ram. Cuzz joins after losing his starting spot on T1 to Oner, while Aiming re-joins KT after spending a year abroad with Bilibili Gaming. KT Rolster are again willing to spend to try to be competitive immediately, eschewing a true rebuild.

What it means for T1: T1 had already announced Cuzz would be leaving as he was no longer the starter. Cuzz’ loss will hurt T1’s depth, but they have been better than anyone at churning out new talent over the past two years.

What it means for BLG: Bilibili Gaming lose their starting ADC and have also announced the departure of mid laner Kim “Zeka” Geon-woo. The only 2021 starter that they still have under contract currently is top laner Yu “Biubiu” Lei-Xin. BLG will undergo a major roster reshuffle this offseason after a middling finish in the LPL.

CLID LEAVES GEN.G

What it means for GEN: Star jungler Kim “Clid” Tae-min joins top laner Rascal as the latest to leave Gen.G. As an organization with big ambitions and deep pockets, this feels more like a precursor to a bigger signing than Gen.G being unable to retain Clid. Gen.G have always been built around Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk and we expect that to continue. Mid laner Gwak “Bdd” Bo-seong and support Kim “Life” Jeong-min remain under contract, but are not confirmed to return.

NOVEMBER 18 ROSTER MOVES

APHROMOO JOINS FLYQUEST, WILL LANE WITH JOHNSUN

What it means for FLY: After struggles with support last year, FlyQuest have brought in aphromoo to man the position. Aphromoo will reunite with his former Dignitas lane partner Johnson “Johnsun” Nguyen. Johnsun struggled with Diamond and Dreams last year, so it will be interesting to see what effect his reunion with aphromoo has on his play. With Josedeodo seemingly also locked in, FlyQuest now turn their attention to addressing their solo lanes.

What it means for DIG: Aphromoo worked his magic again in 2021, helping Neo become one of the better ADCs in the LCS. His departure will sting, but Dignitas brought in Biofrost to try a like-for-like replacement in veteran presence. They have two import slots left to fill their jungle and mid positions.

EXCEL ESPORTS BRING IN FINN

What it means for XL: Excel Esports have already announced three re-signings, but now have reached out in free agency to grab top laner Finn. Finn will replace Kryze and becomes the first change to the Excel lineup. Excel now officially have four of their spots confirmed, with only support left. They still have Advienne under contract after he split time with Petr “denyk” Haramach. Excel have not opted for many changes after a pair of 7-11 seasons.

What it means for CLG: Finn was probably the lone bright spot for CLG in 2021, so it was somewhat surprising to see them let him go. In the end, they chose to move on from every part of the roster and staff, Finn included.

TEAM LIQUID SAY GOODBYE TO ALPHARI, TACTICAL

What it means for TL: Another star import lasts only one year in North America. Barney “Alphari” Morris is leaving Team Liquid after a year filled with the highs of establishing himself as the best top in the LCS and the lows of getting benched for clashing with teammates. Joining him in departing is Edward “Tactical” Ra. Tactical never quite took the leap to star status after a promising rookie year. TL will probably for an ADC who can dominate the lane with Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in.

DOVE JOINS LIIV SANDBOX, ROLE SWAPS TO TOP LANE

What it means for SB: After a year away from the team, Kim “Dove” Jae-yeon is back with Liiv SANDBOX. This time, however, it will be as a top laner. Dove will attempt to be the next mid laner to successfully convert to top lane. SB will know his strengths well, as he played with them for two years from 2019-2020. Dove will replace Summit, whose contract was not renewed. SB now have their solo lanes secured after earlier signing Clozer.

What it means for KT: Dove was part of a mass exodus of veteran players from KT Rolster on the 15th. KT Rolster are taking their time in finding and announcing their replacements. This could finally be the year they commit to a rebuild.

SMLZ LEAVES ULTRA PRIME

What it means for UP: Ultra Prime are moving on from ADC Han “Smlz” Jin after one year. Smlz was brought in mid-year to replace Peng “rat” Qiao-Yu. Ultra Prime could turn right back to rat, as he remains under contract through 2022, or look for an outside replacement. Jungler Yang “H4cker” Zhi-Hao is their only 2021 starter that is not currently under contract. After a 5-11 season, they may look for new talent.

NOVEMBER 17 ROSTER MOVES

FUNPLUS PHOENIX ANNOUNCE DEPARTURE OF TIAN

What it means for FPX: After three years and a World Championship, FunPlus Phoenix are moving on from jungler Gao “Tian” Tian-Liang. Tian had to take a break early on in 2021 due to being overwhelmed with the stress of being a pro. FPX looked to have found his replacement in Zhou “Bo” Yang-Bo, but the young player was suspended for previous match-fixing in the LDL. FPX also tried to use Yang “Beichuan” Ling in the Spring, but brought back Tian after lackluster results. Given their propensity to spend, it wouldn’t be surprising to see FPX make a splash on the free agent market.

BIOFROST REPLACES APHROMOO ON DIGNITAS

What it means for DIG: Dignitas are replacing a fan favorite with a fan favorite. Vincent “Biofrost” Wang is the next Dignitas support. Biofrost was last seen splitting time with Erik “Treatz” Wessén on TSM in 2020. While Biofrost remains popular, he was underperforming a year ago and has not played since then. Dignitas may be trying to find a like-for-like veteran presence, but Biofrost looks to be a downgrade from Aphromoo. Dignitas still have both import slots open to fill their jungle and mid vacancies.

IMMORTALS ADD WILDTURTLE; KEEP XERXE, DESTINY

What it means for IMT: Immortals have welcomed back a familiar face in ADC WildTurtle to complete their roster. IMT are also bringing back jungler Xerxe and support Destiny to keep three-fifths of the 2021 lineup intact. PowerOfEvil and WildTurtle certainly bring more experience to IMT as they continue to bring along Revenge and Destiny. With a good mix of young talent and veterans, IMT could be challenging for a top-six playoff spot after a pair of seventh place finishes in 2021.

What it means for CLG: CLG previously announced that none of their 2021 roster would be returning. As always, it’s hard to tell how much of the bot lane’s struggles were on the ADC (WildTurtle) or the support (Smoothie). CLG opted to just reset the entire team instead, coaching staff included.

GOLDEN GUARDIANS COMPLETE LINEUP WITH LOST, PRIDESTALKR

What it means for GG: Golden Guardians have quickly locked in their 2022 starting lineup. ADC Lost and jungler Milo “Pridestalkr” Wehnes have joined to round out the roster. They join top laner Licorice, mid laner Ablazeolive, and support Olleh. GG will be banking on Lost looking better in a lower pressure environment than TSM. Pridestalkr joins the LCS after re-establishing himself as one of the best junglers in the ERLs. He should bring more stability than rookie Ethan “Iconic” Wilkinson offered. Golden Guardians have the look of a mid-tier LCS team with room to grow.

What it means for TSM: TSM got rid of both halves of their bot lane after an underwhelming performance in 2021. Lost counted as an NA resident, so TSM will have to look to the NA talent pool for a replacement or use up one of their import slots. They currently have two to replace three positions: mid, ADC, and support.

EXCEL ESPORTS EXTEND NUKEDUCK

What it means for XL: Excel Esports are slowly confirming their roster. Today they have re-signed mid laner Erlend “nukeduck” Våtevik Holm. Nukeduck joined Excel for 2021 Summer after taking an in-season break with Astralis. Excel have also confirmed the return of jungler Mark “Markoon” van Woensel and ADC Patrik. Support Advienne remains under contract through 2022, so we will see if top laner Felix “Kryze” Hellström also returns.

FLYQUEST MOVE ON FROM PALAFOX, DREAMS

What it means for FLY: FlyQuest are moving on from mid laner Cristian “Palafox” Palafox and support Han “Dreams” Min-kook. Palafox was brought in to replace PowerOfEvil in his rookie season. He and the rest of the roster underperformed expectations, going 6-12 in Spring and 14-31 across the year. FlyQuest still have Brandon “Josedeodo” Joel Villegas under contract through 2023. Unless they plan on continuing with their academy players, they should be active in free agency. FlyQuest have one import slot available.

DORAN LEAVES KT ROLSTER

What it means for KT: KT Rolser are letting go of another veteran in top laner Choi “Doran” Hyeon-joon. Doran came to KT from DRX and played more than any other player for KT in 2021. We will see if all of these veteran departures are leading to KT ushering in more of a youth movement in 2022.

FOUR LEAVE NONGSHIM REDFORCE

What it means for NS: Nongshim RedForce have said goodbye to four important members from their 2021 roster. Top laner Lee “Rich” Jae-won, mid laner Kim “Gori” Tae-woo, ADC Seo “deokdam” Dae-gil, and Kim “Kellin” Hyeong-gyu are moving on. Gori and deokdam are especially tough losses, as both looked like stars in NS’ surprising Summer run. Gori was named LCK Player of the Split and deokdam made First-Team All-Pro. Both will be highly sought after, while NS will have to rebuild their roster. However, Summer LCK MVP Han “Peanut” Wang-ho remains under contract through 2022, so NS still have one building block.

NOVEMBER 16 ROSTER MOVES 

NUGURI SET TO LEAVE FUNPLUS PHOENIX

What it means for FPX: FunPlus Phoenix are parting ways with top laner Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon after only one year. The hottest free agent on the market last year, Nuguri should be similarly sought after this year. FPX will search for a solution in top lane for the third straight year after mixed results with Nuguri and Khan. After paying top dollar for the best available twice in a row, will they do it again? They must also re-secure the services of star mid laner Kim “Doinb” Tae-sang, whose contract is set to expire.

SWORD RETURNS TO PRO PLAY WITH FREDIT BRION

What it means for BRO: Top laner Choi “Sword” Sung-won will make his return to pro play with Fredit BRION. Sword has not played professionally since the Griffin organization dropped League of Legends. Sword was not particularly good at that point in his career, so BRO are banking on a career revitalization. Changes were needed to a roster that finished 10th and 9th, but this was a head-scratching first move. 

TSM CONTINUE TO CLEAN HOUSE, BID GOODBYE TO LOST

What it means for TSM: Lawrence “Lost” Hui departs TSM after only one year. Lost had the unenviable task of replacing Peter “Doublelift” Peng and trying to make a pairing with SwordArt work. The duo never really asserted themselves, leading to TSM getting rid of both this offseason. TSM are now confirmed to have at least three new starters, pending top laner Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon and jungler Mingyi “Spica” Lu. They will have two import slots to try to rebuild a contender.

DIGNITAS KEEP FAKEGOD, NEO

What it means for DIG: Dignitas made it official that they will keep top laner Aaron “FakeGod” Lee and ADC Toàn “Neo” Trần on their LCS roster in 2022. That much was figured based on the other farewells that Dignitas posted yesterday. FakeGod and Neo both performed well in 2021 and have earned their spots on the team. They are both only signed through the next year. Dignitas have three spots to fill around them, including two import slots.

EVIL GENIUSES ACQUIRE VULCAN FROM CLOUD9

What it means for EG: Evil Geniuses have acquired support Phillippe “Vulcan” Laflamme from Cloud9. Vulcan has long been considered one of the best supports in North America. Interestingly, EG already had one of the best supports under contract in Lee “IgNar” Dong-geun. Replacing IgNar with Vulcan opens an import slot, but EG have already committed to starting jojopyun and Danny. That could put the jobs of top laner Jeong “Impact” Eon-young and jungler Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen in jeopardy.

What it means for C9: Cloud9 have sold high on some of their stars in the past, but this one feels different. Vulcan is still one of the best supports in the league and relatively young for his veteran status. For C9 to transfer him to a direct rival, they must have an interesting target to replace him. Currently, Ibrahim “Fudge” Allami, Robert “Blaber” Huang, and Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen are under contract.

RAZORK LEAVES MISFITS GAMING

What it means for MSF: Former rookie of the split jungler Iván “Razork” Martín Díaz is leaving Misfits Gaming. Unlike Kobbe, Razork’s next destination has not yet been announced. Misfits now only have mid laner Vetheo under contract.

ASTRALIS ADD KOBBE

What it means for AST: Astralis have made a move to upgrade their ADC position, signing Kasper “Kobbe” Kobberup. Kobbe lost some of the shine he had before he headed to the LCS and TSM, but still is a more accomplished option than Jesper “Jeskla” Strömberg. Kobbe could be paired with Hampus “promisq” Abrahamsson, who remains under contract through 2023. Astralis still need to find a mid laner after the departure of Carl “MagiFelix” Boström.

What it means for MSF: Kobbe came over to Misfits after one ill-fated split with TSM in the LCS. Kobbe’s loss coupled with Razork’s is a big blow to MSF’s competitive aspirations. Only mid laner Vincent “Vetheo” Berrié is currently under contract through 2022. They could look to some of the top ERL players to fill out their next lineup.

ARIA LEAVES DETONATION FOCUSME

What it means for DFM: Lee “Aria” Ga-eul’s contract has expired with DetonatioN FocusMe. The mid laner helped DFM win Group A over Cloud9 in the Play-In Stage of Worlds 2021. DFM brought in Aria to replace Kyohei “Ceros” Yoshida at the beginning of the year. DFM will look to find a new mid laner for the second year in a row.

CLOZER LEAVES T1 TO JOIN LIIV SANDBOX

What it means for LSB: Liiv SANDBOX have moved quickly to fill their vacancy mid lane. After moving on from FATE, they have secured former T1 mid Lee “Clozer” Ju-hyeon. Clozer is oozing with potential. That much is obvious when he actually started for a spell on T1 over Faker. Still, he has big shoes to fill now on LSB. FATE was probably a top-five mid laner in the LCK in 2021. Clozer is LSB’s play for more growth and potential, while sacrificing a known quantity.

What it means for T1: Clozer once unseated Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok in T1’s lineup, but Faker looks as strong as ever. With Faker clearly still up to class, Clozer was too strong to continue sitting on the bench. This is already T1’s third player lost to such a circumstance, joining Teddy and Cuzz. Allowing players to move on should help T1 continue to recruit and churn out the best young talent in Korea.

NOVEMBER 15 ROSTER MOVES

IMMORTALS ADD POWEROFEVIL, EXTEND REVENGE

What it means for IMT: In a surprising move, Immortals announced the acquisition of mid laner Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage on the first day of free agency. PowerOfEvil had earlier been given permission to explore opportunities from TSM. IMT had looked set in mid lane with David “Insanity” Chelle, but instead, opt for the more established star. Joining POE will be top laner Mohamed “Revenge” Kaddoura. Revenge and IMT have extended their contract through 2022. IMT still have jungler Andrei “Xerxe” Dragomir and support Mitchell “Destiny” Shaw under contract. IMT have officially moved on from Insanity and ADC Quin “Raes” Korebrits.

What it means for TSM: TSM’s ambition for bringing back Bjergsen have now also cost them PowerOfEvil. This is an absolutely disastrous turn of events for TSM. Now TSM will have to replace both PowerOfEvil and SwordArt. Fortunately, they have both import slots open. Top laner Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon, jungler Mingyi “Spica” Lu, and Lawrence “Lost” Hui remain under contract through 2022.

REKKLES JOINS LFL TEAM KARMINE CORP

What it means for KC: Most ERL teams do not dream of getting a player of Martin “Rekkles” Larsson’s talent and popularity. Fortunately, Karmine Corp have deep enough pockets to make it happen. Rekkles’ lack of options in free agency were Karmine Corp’s gain. Rekkles will join former LEC players Lucas “Cabochard” Simon-Meslet and Lucas “Saken” Fayard on one of the strongest ERL teams in the region.

What it means for G2: Rekkles departs G2 Esports after only one underwhelming year of play. G2 Esports are committed to a big rebuild after getting rid of Rekkles, Mikyx, Wunder, and their coaching staff. The new roster will have monstrous shoes to fill.

CUZZ PARTS WAYS WITH T1

What it means for T1: T1 and jungler Moon “Cuzz” Woo-chan have parted ways ahead of 2022. This move comes as no surprise after Moon “Oner” Hyeon-joon took control of the jungle in the Summer, relegating Cuzz to the bench. Like Teddy, Cuzz is good enough to be starting elsewhere in a major region. T1’s depth will be tested as they lose good players, but their development system has been second to none in the LCK.

CLG COMPLETELY CLEANS HOUSE

What it means for CLG: After two terrible splits, CLG is completely cleaning house. CLG officially parted ways with their entire starting lineup and coaching staff to begin free agency. That makes Finn “Finn” Wiestål, Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pederson, Tanner “Tanner” Damonte, Jason “WildTurtle” Tran, and Andy “Smoothie” Ta all free agents. Each is a veteran who have had good seasons in their careers, but the stink from CLG’s 2021 campaign will be tough to wash off. CLG will completely rebuild their lineup from the ground up. It would be surprising to see them go for big names after the previous lineup failed to come together.

100T ADD TENACITY TO MAIN ROSTER

What it means for 100T: 100 Thieves are keeping their 2021 roster intact, but with a twist. They are promoting rising star Milan “Tenacity” Oleksij to split top lane with Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho. Tenacity has played for 100 Next and 100 Academy since the beginning of 2020 and is considered one of, if not the top NA prospect. 100T will run a true six-man roster and neither Ssumday nor Tenacity will play in academy matches. Tenacity’s arrival does not open up an import slot, as Ssumday has NA residency. 100 Academy jungler Shane “Kenvi” Espinoza could be the next 100T prospect to get the call-up.

DAMWON KIA ROSTER BECOME FREE AGENTS

What it means for DK: Every member of DK’s lineup has entered free agency except for ADC Jang “Ghost” Yong-jun. Top laner Khan is not expected back as he will retire and fulfill his military service. Kim “Canyon” Geon-bu and Heo “ShowMaker” Su have entered free agency only to return to DK before, so it’s not a foregone conclusion that DK have lost these players. However, DK will once again have to convince them to return over numerous suitors. On the other hand, support Cho “BeryL” Geon-hee is coming off a disappointing year and could be moving on.

CHOVY AND DEFT BECOME FREE AGENTS

What it means for HLE: The two main stars of Hanwha Life Esports have hit free agency. Mid laner Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon and Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu have seen their contracts expire. The duo have played together since Chovy left Griffin to join DragonX at the end of 2019. They chose to move together to Hanwha Life in 2021, so the two could once again be a package deal. Deft is a legendary player, but Chovy is the prize of free agency. HLE will undoubtedly get weaker if they cannot convince Chovy to return. They have no other mid or ADC player under contract (not counting Oh “Vsta” Hyo-seong, who briefly role-swapped to ADC in 2020).

LIIV SANDBOX HAVE THREE MORE LEAVE

What it means for SB: After earlier announcing the departures of Summit and OnFleek, Liiv SANDBOX have announced the expiration of contracts for mid laner Yoo “FATE” Su-hyeok, ADC Lee “Prince” Chae-hwan, and support Lee “Effort” Sang-ho. Unlike Summit and OnFleek, it seems possible that LSB could opt to re-sign one or more of these players. FATE in particular had a great Summer season and was one of the better mids in the LCK. As it stands, only jungler Kim “Croco” Dong-beom and substitute top Howling remain under contract.

AFREECA FREECS LOSE FIVE

What it means for AF: Afreeca Freecs’ improvement from Spring to Summer was not enough to save the majority of the roster. AF parted ways with Jungler Lee “Dread” Jin-hyeok, mid laners Song “Fly” Yong-jun and Kim “Keine” Joon-cheol, ADC Bae “Bang” Jun-sik, and support Son “Lehends” Si-woo. This could be the end of Bang’s career in a major region, as he did not appear in a Summer game after moving to the bench. Top laner Kim “Kiin” Gi-in and ADC Han “Leo” Gyro-re are the only two starters remaining under contract through 2022.

RASCAL LEAVES GEN.G

What it means for GEN: Gen.G will have a new top laner for the first time in a while. They have parted ways with Kim “Rascal” Kwang-hee. Rascal has manned top lane for Gen.G since he arrived from DragonX in 2019. Gen.G has the rest of their team under contract through 2022, including stars Gwak “Bdd” Bo-Seong and Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk. Gen.G should be players for an expensive top laner in free agency.

BLANK AND DOVE LEAVE KT ROLSTER

What it means for KT: Jungler Kang “Blank” Sun-gu and mid laner Kim “Dove” Jae-yeon have left KT Rolster. Both are long-tenured players in the LCK who have been in part-time roles as of late. KT have no junglers or mid laners currently under contract. They could be looking to go younger after their team of veterans finished 7th place in both LCK splits this year.

EVIL GENIUSES PROMOTE JOJOPYUN, MOVE ON FROM JIIZUKE

What it means for EG: Evil Geniuses are going with a youth movement. Out goes Daniele “Jiizuke” di Mauro, in comes rookie Joseph “jojopyun” Pyun. Jojopyun clearly impressed in his stint with EG Academy to earn the call-up. This could also lead to more moves for the organization, as EG opens an import slot with this move. Support Lee “IgNar” Dong-geun currently occupies the second. EG has players under contract at the rest of their positions, but have not yet announced their intended starting lineup. They are typically big players in free agency, which makes the promotion of jojopyun more surprising. Perhaps the successful debut of ADC Kyle “Danny” Sakamaki played a role.

APHROMOO HEADLINES DIGNITAS DEPARTURES

What it means for DIG: Dignitas is getting a new support. Zaqueri “aphromoo” Black had been Dignitas’ support since the team rejoined the LCS in 2020, but he will not be part of the 2022 roster. Dignitas also announced the departures of top laner Samson “Lourlo” Jackson, jungler Matthew “Akaadian” Higginbotham, mid laners David “Yusui” Bloomquist and Max “Soligo” Soong, and support Juan “JayJ” Guibert. Only top laner Aaron “FakeGod” Lee and ADC Toàn “Neo” Trần remain on the roster. Both are signed through 2022. It will be interesting to see if Dignitas continue to field an all-NA roster next season, or if they are open to adding imports.

GOLDEN GUARDIANS RETAIN LICORICE, ABLAZEOLIVE; ADD OLLEH

What it means for GG: Golden Guardians’ 2022 roster will have a familiar feel to it. In addition to retaining solo laners Eric “Licorice” Ritchie and Nicholas “Ablazeolive” Abbott, GG have re-added support Kim “Olleh” Joo-sung. Olleh did not play professionally in 2021. Considering they’ve announced the return of Licorice and Ablazeolive, GG could be considering changes at jungle and ADC. Both Ethan “Iconic” Wilkinson and Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes remain under contract through 2023. GG also have support Jonathan “Chime” Pomponio signed through 2022.

DAMWON KIA RETAIN COACH DAENY

What it means for DK: DAMWON KIA have extended the contract of coach Yang “Daeny” Dae-in. Daeny rejoined DK after leaving T1 midseason. Daeny is expected to continue to play a supporting role on the staff of head coach Kim “kkOma” Jeong-gyun. With the staff remaining settled, DK will turn their attention to trying to retain their free agents. Kim “Khan” Dong-ha is already expected to leave to fulfill his military service.

FREDIT BRION EXTEND FOUR

What it means for BRO: Despite a pair of 5-13 finishes in 2021, Fredit BRION will keep most of their lineup intact. They announced extensions for jungler Eom “UmTi” Seong-hyeon, mid laner Kim “Lava” Tae-hoon, ADC Park “Hena” Jeung-hwan, and support Yoo “Delight” Hwan-joong. They will also bring back coach Lee “Drinker” Seung-hoo. The only starter to not be retained is top laner Yoon “Hoya” Yong-ho. With such little in the way of change, it would be surprising to see BRO be competitive next year. They will be banking on the development of their players.

NOVEMBER 14 ROSTER MOVES

TEDDY LEAVES T1 FOR FREE AGENCY

What it means for T1: In a gesture of goodwill, T1 have allowed ADC Park “Teddy” Jin-seong to explore free agency. T1 have committed to star rookie Lee “Gumayusi” Min-hyeong in bot lane, making Teddy expendable. Instead of forcing a team to buy Teddy out, T1 CEO Joe Marsh revealed that they wanted to allow Teddy to pick his next team. Many teams are sure to vie for Teddy’s services across the major regions. T1 may have the feeling that Teddy is looking to play abroad, as it would be a tough pill to swallow to let him leave to another LCK team for free. Gumayusi is signed through 2022.

EXCEL ESPORTS EXTEND PATRIK’S CONTRACT

What it means for XL: Excel Esports did not qualify for playoffs in either split in 2021, but the organization is not pinning that on their ADC. XL have extended Patrik “Patrik” Jírů’s contract for another two years. Patrik joins Daniel “Dan” Hockley, Mark “Markoon” van Woensel, and Henk “Advienne” Reijenga as players under contract for 2022. Patrik is the first to get extended through 2023, so he’s clearly a piece XL see worthy of keeping around. Patrik should expect to see changes around him after two consecutive 7-11 splits.

LIIV SANDBOX ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE OF SUMMIT, ONFLEEK

What it means for LSB: Liiv SANDBOX are moving on from two long-tenured players in top laner Park “Summit” Woo-tae and jungler Kim “OnFleek” Jang-gyeom. Both had been with the team since the inception of the organization in December 2018. However, OnFleek had been phased out of LSB’s plans in 2021. He started only four games all year after playing 87 of 102 in 2020. Current starting jungler Kim “Croco” Dong-beom remains under contract through 2022.

On the other hand, Summit started every game for LSB in 2021. LSB’s only top laner under contract is Jeon “Howling” Ho-bin. Howling spent two years with LSB’s academy team before joining the main roster for the Summer season. Howling is signed through 2023. LSB could also look to free agency to find their 2022 starter.

NOVEMBER 12 ROSTER MOVES

PERKZ LEAVES CLOUD9 AFTER ONE YEAR

What it means for C9: Only one year after a massive buyout, star mid laner Luka “Perkz” Perković is leaving Cloud9. Perkz’ results with C9 were a mixed bag. He did not dominate in his return to mid lane, but he did help C9 capture an LCS title and make it out of the Group Stage at Worlds. C9 will once again hunt for a prized mid laner in free agency, though Perkz’ quick exit may make them more cautious in their pursuits this year. C9 will open an import slot, so they can be players for stars from any region. The rest of their starting lineup remains under contract through 2023.

FORMER GOLDEN GUARDIANS TOP LANER NILES RETIRES

What it means for GG: Top laner Aiden “Niles” Tidwell has announced his retirement from competitive play. Golden Guardians originally brought Niles from collegiate straight to their LCS starting lineup in 2021 Spring. After a lackluster rookie debut, GG promoted Colin “Solo” Earnest before eventually acquiring Eric “Licorice” Ritchie. With Licorice signed through 2023, Niles did not have a path to the starting roster on GG.

GRABBZ AND DUFFMAN OFFICIALLY LEAVE G2 ESPORTS

What it means for G2: G2 Esports continue to make it clear they want a fresh start in 2022 by moving on from coaches Fabian “GrabbZ” Lohmann and Christopher “Duffman” Duff. GrabbZ and Duffman were both with the organization for more than three years. During that time, G2 won four LEC titles and MSI 2019. G2 will be trusting new voices to augment a revamped lineup based around Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski and Rasmus “Caps” Winther.

NOVEMBER 8 ROSTER MOVES

T1 INTERIM HEAD COACH STARDUST DEPARTS TEAM

What it means for T1: Son “Stardust” Seok-hee is leaving T1 after taking over as Head Coach on an interim basis in LCK Summer. Following the departures of Yang “Dany” Dae-in and Lee “Zefa” Jae-min, Stardust guided T1 to a 6-2 record in the second half of the split. T1 then won the LCK Regional Finals and made it to the semifinals of Worlds. Stardust was credited with improving T1’s team morale and draft phase. T1 will once again be looking to fill the gap left by  Kim “kkOma” Jeong-gyun’s 2019 departure.

OCTOBER 29 ROSTER MOVES

SWORDART LEAVES TSM AFTER ONE YEAR

What it means for TSM: Support Hu “SwordArt” Shuo-Chieh will not return to the team in 2022. The news comes less than a day after the team announced Bjergsen is also moving on. SwordArt is the first confirmed member of 2021’s starting lineup to officially move on. 2021 starting mid laner PowerOfEvil has previously been given permission to explore his options.

SwordArt leaves just one year after he was brought in as the most expensive player in LCS history. He and Lawrence “Lost” Hui’s struggles to cement themselves as an elite bot lane played a part in TSM missing Worlds. TSM looks to be in a state of total roster flux as free agency opens. SwordArt’s departure opens an import slot as TSM start to retool again. It will be interesting to see if SwordArt’s unsuccessful stint with TSM leads the organization to a thriftier approach this offseason.

OCTOBER 28 ROSTER MOVES

TSM ANNOUNCE BJERGSEN LEAVING TEAM TO PLAY

What it means for TSM: Former Head Coach and star mid laner Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg told TSM that he will be returning to play. However, it won’t be for TSM. Bjergsen hits the open market as the most desirable free agent in the LCS. He could also explore opportunities to head back home and rejoin the LEC.

For TSM, this is a huge blow. Not only are they losing their Head Coach, but their most storied player and the biggest free agent on the market. 2021 mid laner Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage earlier announced he was available on the market, but that was before Bjergsen decided to leave. TSM now have to patch things up with POE or risk losing two of the top mid laners available. PowerOfEvil remains under contract through 2022, so TSM may rescind their offer to let POE leave for a free buyout. TSM have all five starters from 2021 under contract, but the roster is in flux after failing to qualify for Worlds.

October 11 Roster Moves

G2 ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE OF WUNDER, REKKLES, MIKYX, AND COACHING STAFF

What it means for G2: It is almost a complete roster overhaul for G2 Esports. After failing to qualify for Worlds, only mid laner Ramus “Caps” Winther and jungler Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski will remain with the team in 2022. Long-standing members Martin “Wunder” Hansen and Miheal “Mikyx” Mehle are under contract through 2022, so G2 will attempt to sell them to other organizations. 2021 prize offseason acquisition Martin “Rekkles” Larsson is quickly moving on as well. Rekkles could command the largest fee, as he is under contract through 2023 and commands a large fan following. The success of G2’s coaching staff should make them desirable on the market as well.

No replacements have been announced for any of the departing players. Owner and CEO Carlos “ocelote” Rodríguez Santiago reiterated that the goal of the team is to win Worlds, so expect them to be major players on the free agent market. Their overall budget could be dependent on the fees they are able to get for their player and coach transfers. Playing with Caps and Jankos will also be a desirable destination for players looking to win.

UNICORNS OF LOVE RELEASE ENTIRE ROSTER

What it means for UOL: Unicorns of Love have decided it’s time for a change for both the organization and players. After winning five consecutive titles in the LCL, UOL will field an entirely new lineup in 2022. Top laner Vladisav “BOSS” Fomin, jungler Kirill “AHaHaCiK” Skvortsov, mid laner Lev “Nomanz” Yakshin, ADC Andrey “Argonavt” Yakoviev, and support Aleksandr “SaNTaS” Lifashin have been released from their contracts and are free agents. The players will likely look for roster spots in the European ERLs.

UOL fell flat in the Play-in Stage of 2021 Worlds after qualifying for the 2020 Main Event and coming within one game of the 2019 Main Event. While UOL’s statement was centered around giving their players a chance to move onto bigger stages, the step backward might have also convinced the organization that change was needed. The players were released into free agency, so there will be no influx of transfer fees. Unlike G2, UOL will have to rebuild without extra capital.


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