The League of Legends season is now over, but there have been plenty of moves by teams during the closed season in terms of beefing up their rosters for next season, either by the signing of new talent, or re-signing their best players from last year to new deals.
Big Moves for SK Telecom T1
One of the most famous, and arguably one of the best, LoL players in the world, Lee “Faker’ Sang-hyeok has agreed a new two-year extension to remain with his team SK Telecom T1. The Korean team, who bounced back from a poor start in 2019 to claim a semifinal finish at the LoL World Championships, had let support player Cho “Mata” Se-hyeong leave the team after his contract came to an end.
The reason for that was that the player who kept ‘Mata’ on the bench for much of last season, Lee “Effort” Sang-ho has also agreed a new deal, keeping him at SK Telecom T1 for an additional two years.
FNATIC set for new Head Coach
It is not just players on the move, after its manager Joey “Youngbuck” Steltenpool left the organisation last week to team up with EXCEL Esports, FNATIC are reportedly in talks with the newly-retired Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre Rodriguez to become their new head coach.
After a tough couple of years, support player Mithy is reportedly ready to hang up his joypad to take up the coaching role with the European team, who have been beset with reported internal problems over the past year.
Cloud9 Exchange Goldenglue for Palafox
In other trade news, Golden Guardians and Cloud9 have agreed a trade of players that will see Cloud9’s veteran mid-laner Greyson “Goldenglue” Gilmer move to Guardians, while in exchange Cloud9 will receive Christian Palafox. Palafox won’t head straight into the starting roster for Cloud9 however, but will instead play in the C9 Academy squad, with Cloud9 believing the pick up will benefit them more in the future.
At Golden Guardians, Goldenglue’s arrival could be the end of the road for current mid-laner starter Henrik “Frogger” Hansen, who may well now leave the organisation to find a starting place on another squad.
Team Liquid Set To Sign Broxah
One of the biggest free agent names in LoL Esports has reportedly agreed a new deal as Fnatic wave goodbye to their talented jungler Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen. The in-demand player is reportedly set to be snapped up by Team Liquid, who needed a jungler following the expiry of Jake “Xmithie” Puchero’s contract following the culmination of the 2019 season.
Fnatic have moved quickly to fill the considerable void left by Broxah’s departure, with reports suggesting that the organisation is set to buy out the contract of SK Gaming’s Oskar “Selfmade” Boderek.
Also, in the LEC, EXCEL Esports have made moves to improve on a roster that only recorded a disappointing 7-11 record at the Summer Split by snappijng up 19-year-old bot lane star Patrik Jiru from Origen. He is the second change to last year’s roster with the team also signing up support player Tore “Norskeren” Hoel Eilertsen from Splyce.
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