LCS 2020 Summer Split: Storylines to Watch for Each Team

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The LCS returns and with it a set of storylines we should follow for every team.

Dignitas: All the roster shakeups

Dignitas had in my opinion an unsurprising split missing out on the playoffs after losing a tie breaker. So this offseason they made a couple of moves to try and make it into the playoffs during the summer.

New jungler Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett should help and I think V1per will play ok as well, so this might be a roster as good, or slightly better, than the one they fielded during the spring. With eight playoff spots up for grabs during the summer, Dignitas will benefit as they would have made the playoffs in spring under that playoff format.

I’m more interested in if this team can match last year’s Clutch Gaming run though. That team went from ninth to fifth, then won a regional qualifier out of nowhere to take the third spot at Worlds. I don’t know if that kind of lightening may strike again in the now Dignitas organization, but it would be something to see.

CLG: Nowhere to go but up

CLG had high expectations coming into 2020, but they completely fell off and finshed dead last in the LCS with three wins. They also saw prize free agent Lee “Crown” Min-ho struggle and leave the team during the split. Needless to say, CLG is not looking to repeat their performance during the summer.

Last year they were in a similar spot after finishing seventh in spring, but then had a great split, finished third in the regular season, and entered the regional tournament as the favorites.  Does CLG have another run in them? I think that’s worth watching to find out.

Golden Guardians: Can they keep defying expectations?

Heading into the Spring Split I think the one agreed upon ranking of the teams was that the Golden Guardians were the worst the LCS had to offer. Well after a playoff birth last split we are now eating our words. So what will Golden Guardians do this spilt to build off a successful spring split?

In the offseason, they added Tanner “Damonte” Damonte to be their starting mid laner. They also have Choi “huhi” Jae-hyun back at staring support, which should be an upgrade to their roster.

I think this team should be able to make the playoffs, maybe even win a series or two. I just wouldn’t put the expectations too high for this team yet.

I also want to keep seeing the continued growth of jungler Can “Closer” Çelik after a strong first spilt in the LCS. If he keeps playing well Golden Guardians should be set in the jungle for a few years.