* = Speculated
TL: Alphari, Santorin, Jensen, Tatical, CoreJJ
I just want to thank TL for saving Alphari, if you watched any of the LEC last year you know it was painful to see Alphari stuck on that Origen roster. We saw what TL's carries could do/ Core's leadership at worlds and now adding arguably the best jungler and a force in the top lane I think its safe to say I am excited for TL.
Prediction: TL wins the split in a great finals match 3-2 over C9.
C9: Fudge, Blaber, Perkz, Zven, Vulcan
C9 moved on from Licorice, arguably the best NA Top last year, because they know what they have in the future star top laner Fudge. This move gave C9 the capital to go out and win the Perkz sweepstakes.
Prediction: C9 takes home 2nd in the split.
TSM: Huni*,Spica, PowerOfEvil, DoubleLift, SwortArt*
Alot to unpack here, the loss of Bjergsen was a tough blow but signing PoE is a nice consolation prize. If SwordArt and Huni both end up signing with TSM (rumored that the Huni/Lost deal has been called off) they will have the perfect leadership to help develop a young star, this young star being Spica. It will be intresting to see TSM's 1st year with North Americas most storied player at the helm.
Prediction: TSM finishes 3rd-4th, Huni/DL gradual decline will start to show but will still be in the 1st tear of LCS teams.
EG: Impact*, Svenskeren, Jiizuke*, Lost*, Ignar
Well the majority of their roster is up in the air its hard to say too much, I do feel like they will be the "Gatekeeper", in terms of we beat the bad teams and are competitive against the good teams, again this split though. Signing Ignar is under appreciated and his playmaking/shotcalling will deffently help this squad.
Prediction: Finish 4th-7th.
100T: Ssumday, Closer, Damonte, FBI, Huhi
Can you say Golden Guardians 2.0 ? With the only difference being Ssumday instead of Hauntzer I love this team. After getting the best laning ADC, retaining their superstar Top, locking down a top 3 Jungler 100T looks like they are in for a very solid year.
Prediction: 100T didn't make the F/A splash like C9 but instead took a promising team and made an upgrade. Finish top 3.
FlyQ: Licorice, Josedoedo, Palafox, Johnson*, Diamond
FlyQ took the C9 package deal of Licorice,Palafox, Diamond and also brough