League of Legends LCS: breaking down all the offseason roster rumors

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Smoothie to CLG, Biofrost to TSM

In a 1-for-1 trade, old rivals TSM and CLG will be making a swap of supports, according to Travis. Andy “Smoothie” Ta will join CLG ADC Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes while Vincent “Biofrost” Wang will make a return to TSM after being dropped two years earlier, with his AD partner still unknown.

Winners: The only definite winner from this swap, in my opinion, is TSM. They get the better support in this deal as Biofrost was easily the second or third-best support in the LCS last season.

Losers: Well CLG loses by losing maybe their best player and getting a player in Smoothie who, while highly regarded, was statistically towards the bottom of the pack for supports. Smoothie loses out because he’ll no longer be paired with one of the stronger ADCs in the LCS and have to bot lane with a bottom-tier AD in Stixxay. Finally, Biofrost doesn’t necessarily win because TSM may not be a huge upgrade over CLG and we don’t know who his bot lane partner would be.

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Crown leaving Immortals

Another Travis rumor. Now that Immortals bough OpTic’s LCS spot, they might be looking to blow up their roster and mid laner Lee “Crown” Min-ho could be set free.

Winners: Crown, for sure, but also any team that could be looking to add an import mid laner. With either Crown or Froggen or both being available this offseason, you have two of the top foreign mid laners available to drive the other’s price down as they compete for available slots. If I was Steve, I would be salivating as both Crown and Froggen would be clear upgrades over Jensen.

Losers: Immortals. Like with Golden Guardians and Froggen, Immortals should be looking to build a team with Crown as a centerpiece.

Dardoch to Immortals, replacing Meteos

As part of this big roster shift for Immortals, Travis reports that William “Meteos” Hartman could also be set free with OpTic/Immortals Academy jungler Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett taking his spot.

Winners: Dardoch, obviously, as he’ll get the starting job after losing out to Meteos in the competition last spring. However, I think this is also a clear win for Meteos, who will be one of the best native junglers available and should command a big salary for teams who have needs at that position (Evil Geniuses if Svenskeren doesn’t get transferred, TSM, Dignitas, 100 Thieves would all be possibilities).

Losers: My gut tells me this is a net negative for Immortals. Dardoch, while skilled, has always been a volatile player, especially when he’s on teams that aren’t as talented. Right now, we can’t say for sure how good Immortals might be and Dardoch could lead this team into a death spiral.