I went to the family home for a few days for my mum’s birthday. A lot has happened in League of Legends in those days, so let’s get back up to speed.
On Thursday, SKT T1 confirmed their roster for the next season. Notably, the team hasn’t signed a substitute mid-laner which could indicate a desire to build the team around Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok . SKT was criticised last year for not giving Faker the tools he needed to build a championship winning team.
Elsewhere in Korea, GenG signed jungler Han ‘Peanut’ Wang-ho, formerly of KingZone Dragons. This move gives GenG a fieldable five-man team, but they are likely to make some additional changes.
Hanwha Life picked up a pair of top-laners, former SKT player Park ‘Thal’ Kwon-hyuk and Kim ‘SoHwan’ Jun-yeong from Jin Air.
Worlds quarter-finalists Afreeca Freecs have signed ex-kt rolster mid-laner Son ‘Ucal’ Woo-hyeon.
In Europe, Misfits secured Paul ‘Soaz’ Boyer and Kang ‘Gorilla’ Beom-hyeon to round out their squad for the first LEC season.
Former Splyce player Yasin ‘Nisqy’ Dinçer has completed a move across the Atlantic. He has signed with Cloud9 to replace long-standing mid-laner Nicolaj ‘Jensen’ Jensen who joined Team Liquid last week.
Fan favourites TSM have signed support Andy ‘Smoothie’ Ta from Echo Fox. TSM still have duo partners Alfonso ‘mithy’ Aguirre Rodríguez and Jesper ‘Zven’ Svenningsen under contract so this could be the first of many transfers for the side.
Echo Fox have swooped to sign a trio of players from Clutch Gaming. Colin ‘Solo’ Earnest, Apollo ‘Apollo’ Price and Nickolas ‘Hakuho’ Surgent have all made the switch. Echo Fox remain without a mid-laner after the departure of both their players in the offseason.
100 Thieves have signed two-time world champion Bae ‘Bang’ Jun-sik from SKT T1. They have also picked up mid-laner Jaehyun ‘Huhi’ Choi from CLG. CLG have wasted no time in announcing a replacement, they have signed Tristan ‘PowerOfEvil’ Schrage from OpTic Gaming.
That’s pretty much everything. Don’t blink, you’ll miss two official announcements and seven rumours.
STOP PRESS: While I was writing, Fnatic announced that Rasmus ‘Caps’ Winther will not be playing with the team next season. Caps has been strongly linked to G2 Esports but this hasn’t been confirmed.