November 8, 2023
The LCS off-season is in full swing as the League of Legends season 13 comes to an end. Despite some challenges faced by the region, there is still a lot of potential for growth in the NA scene. In this article, we will take a look at the latest rumors and roster changes happening in the LCS.
The departure of the historic organization TSM is the most notable change in terms of participants. Shopify Rebellion will be joining the LCS as the new team, with anticipation on whether they can replicate the success of NRG, who won the LCS championship in their debut split.
On the players' side, there will be significant changes, especially in the mid-bottom tiers. It remains to be seen whether NA orgs will opt for importing players from other regions or focus on domestic talents, as NRG did this season. The free agency period starts on Nov. 21, and rumors are already circulating about potential roster moves for the teams this off-season.
NRG, fresh off their Worlds journey, is still uncertain about their roster for the upcoming season. Only two players, Dhokla and FBI, have contracts expiring this off-season, making them players to watch.
Golden Guardians had a strong season, making it to MSI and narrowly missing out on Worlds 2023. All players on their roster have contracts expiring next year, with no rumors circulating about their future.
Cloud9, on the other hand, will be making two changes to their roster. Jojopyun and Vulcan will be joining the C9 squad, while Zven and EMENES have left the organization.
Team Liquid is expected to make some changes as three players have contracts expiring this month. Impact, a former FLY player, is set to rejoin TL, but there are no rumors regarding the other four players.
FlyQuest is undergoing a complete rebuild, with departures from VicLa, Prince, and Vulcan. Bwipo and Inspired are rumored to join the team, along with Busio from 100T.
EG has multiple players with expiring contracts this year, with jojopyun and Armao set to join Immortals. No rumors have surfaced regarding the other three players.
The future of 100 Thieves is uncertain after a disappointing season. Only mid laner Quid has a contract until next year, leaving Ssumday, Closer, and Doublelift potentially becoming free agents soon.
Dignitas is undergoing a rebuild, with three players already leaving the organization and mid-laner Jensen rumored to leave as well. Rich is the only player with a contract running until 2025.
Immortals is also making major changes, with Tactical and Treatz's contracts expiring. Armao is rumored to join, but the rest of the lineup is still uncertain.
Shopify Rebellion, who acquired the TSM slot, has retained the entire TSM squad. However, three out of the five players have contracts expiring soon, so more changes may be on the horizon.
Stay tuned for more updates on active LCS roster moves!
Haruki Nakamura, affectionately termed "DataSensei" within the Esports universe, is EsportRanker's resident data wizard. Seamlessly merging his love for Esports with his knack for research, he provides insights and analysis that propel the industry forward.