League of Legends teams have been rushing to make signings as players from all over the world enter free agency.
The biggest signing so far occurred in North America. LCS champions Team Liquid moved to sign midlaner Nicolaj ‘Jensen’ Jensen from runners-up Cloud9. He will replace Eugene ‘Pobelter’ Park whose contract has been left to expire.
Jensen had played his whole professional career for Cloud9, having signed for the team in 2015 after his ban was rescinded. Cloud9 are yet to announce a replacement for their outgoing star.
Team Liquid has also signed support player Jo ‘CoreJJ’ Yong-in who won the 2017 World Championship with Samsung Galaxy. CoreJJ has been a free agent since his contract with GenG expired last week.
Korea saw widespread cuts as teams look to recover from a disappointing performance at Worlds this year. SKT T1, kt rolster, Afreeca Freecs, Jin Air Green Wings, Hanwha Life, Kingzone DragonX and GenG have all confirmed the departure of three or more players in the last week.
Meanwhile, SKT T1 announced that the contract of superstar midlaner Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok has been renewed. They have also retained bottom lane duo Han ‘Leo’ Kyeo-re and Lee ‘Effort’ Sang-ho. All other players have been cut.
In Europe, the returning Origen have made their first signings. They have secured midlaner Erland ‘Nukeduck’ Holm from FC Schalke, toplaner Barney ‘Alphari’ Morris from Misfits and marksman Patrik ‘Sheriff’ Jírů from h2k.
Misfits have made a signing of their own, they have brought in former Worlds semi-finalist midlaner Fabian ‘Febiven’ Diepstraten from Clutch Gaming. A report by ESPN claims that Paul ‘sOAZ’ Boyer could soon join his former Fnatic teammate at Misfits, but this is yet to be confirmed.