League of Legends LEC Summer Split roster change rundown

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The wait for European League of Legends is finally over as the LEC summer split begins this week!

In the past, every League of Legends transfer period came with an influx of roster changes and new faces to the European scene. However, with the threat of relegation no longer looming, and the focus on young, talented rosters with a lot of potential being allowed to grow on the LEC stage, it’s time we became accustomed to quieter breaks with far fewer transfers.

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Summer 2019 is the first step towards that direction. While several teams have been active and updating both their main and academy rosters throughout the last few months, we could potentially only see two or three new faces on the LEC stage this weekend. Nonetheless, that’s not to say there aren’t plenty of transfers to run down, and so we’ll be explaining each and every one below:

Excel Esports

Top Lane: Dae-han “Expect” Ki
Top Lane: Rosendo “Send0o” Fuentes

Jungle: Marc “Caedrel” Lamont
Jungle: Christian “Taxer” Jensen

Mid Lane: Young-Min “Mickey” Son
Mid Lane: Fabian “Exile” Schubert
Mid Lane: Joran “Special” Scheffer

AD Carry: Petter “Hjarnan” Freyschuss
AD Carry: Jesper “Jeskla” Klarin Strömberg

Support: Raymond “kaSing” Tsang
Support: Patryk “Mystiques” Piórkowski

Mid Lane: Son “Mickey” Young-min (APK Prince)
AD Carry: Petter “Hjarnan” Freyschuss (Ad Hoc Gaming)

AD Carry: Nihat “Innaxe” Dzhelal Aliev (Unicorns of Love)

Excel had a shaky start in their debut season at the highest level of competitive League of Legends, finishing 5-13 and looking rather unimpressive along the way. All through spring, the team weren’t scared to tweak their roster in order to change their form and did so by swapping out mid lane and support about half-way through the split. Once again they’ve fiddled with their ten-man roster during the mid-season break and have brought in two experienced carries to help guide the team in summer.

Former Afreeca Freecs and Team Liquid mid laner, Mickey, is expected to be the starting mid laner for Excel Esports heading into the second half of the season. While Exile and Special both showed promise at points in their first run of games at Excel, it seems the team – with a renewed line-up of coaching staff – have opted for more experience in the middle lane in hopes of bringing more stability to the centre of the map.

As for the bottom lane, Innaxe left for Unicorns of Love, and Jeskla has moved to Excel UK to make space for 2018 Worlds semi-finalist Hjarnan. Yet again this move looks like Excel attempting to create a more experienced roster in order to make a run for playoffs in summer, while putting their lacklustre spring performance behind them.


Top Lane: Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau
Top Lane: Jordan “Shikari” Pointon

Jungle: Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen
Jungle: Daniel “Dan” Hockley
Jungle: Cantoursna “Nji” An

Mid Lane: Tim “Nemesis” Lipovšek
Mid Lane: Felix “MagiFelix” Boström

AD Carry: Martin “Rekkles” Larsson
AD Carry: Matthew “xMatty” Coombs

Support: Zdravets “Hylissang” Galabov
Support: Tom “Prosfair” Willis

Jungle: Cantoursna “Nji” An (ROG Esport)

Support: Raphaël “Targamas” Crabbé (Free Agent)

With rookie mid laner, Nemesis. taking the place of Fnatic’s 2018 Worlds MVP, the team were always expected to take time to gel and regain some their quality from the previous year. That being said, there’s no doubt that Fnatic will be disappointed with a 3rd place finish in the spring split considering their tremendous run of form at the back end of the regular season.

As a result, the team have chosen to shake things up in the jungle role going into summer. Fnatic Rising’s Dan will make the move to Fnatic’s main roster to provide competition for Broxah heading into LEC matches. To fill the gap left by the British jungler, Nji was signed from ROG Esport and will join Fnatic Rising in the UKLC summer season.