League of Legends 2016 Offseason Roster Tracker

theScore esports Staff
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As the temperatures get colder and the snow begins to fall, we're entering the most wonderful time of the year — the League of Legends roster shuffle period. From Korean players returning home from China to North American superstars taking a break, the offseason has gotten off to a wild start, and it's likely going to get even more chaotic as the weeks go by.

Check back here whenever you're lost to keep track of the latest League of Legends roster moves in all five major regions and the IWC regions.

Editor's note: The following lists only roster changes that have been officially announced or verified by theScore esports. It does not include unconfirmed reports.

North America:

Team SoloMid

Top Jungle Mid ADC Support
Hauntzer Svenskeren Bjergsen WildTurtle Biofrost

Immortals

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Flame Dardoch Pobelter Cody Sun Olleh

Cloud9

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Impact Contractz Jensen Sneaky Smoothie

Counter Logic Gaming

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Darshan Xmithie Huhi Stixxay Aphromoo

Team Liquid

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Lourlo Reignover Goldenglue Piglet Matt

Dignitas

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Ssumday Chaser Keane LOD Xpecial

Phoenix1

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Zig Inori Ryu Arrow Adrian

Team EnVyUs

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Seraph LirA Ninja Apollo Hakuho

Echo Fox

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Looper Akaadian Froggen Keith Gate

FlyQuest (Formerly Cloud9 Challenger)

Top Jungle Mid ADC Support
Balls Moon Hai Altec LemonNation

Misc. News

Europe:

G2 Esports

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Expect Trick Perkz Zven Mithy

Splyce

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Wunder Trashy Sencux Kobbe Mikyx

Giants Gaming

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Flaxxish Memento NighT HeaQ Hustlin

H2k-Gaming

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Odoamne Jankos Febiven Nuclear Chei

Fnatic

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sOAZ Amazing Caps Rekkles Jesiz

Unicorns of Love

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Vizicsacsi Xerxe Exileh Samux Hylissang

Team Vitality

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Cabochard Djoko Nukeduck Steeelback Hachani

Origen

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Satorius Wisdom NaeHyun Tabzz Hiiva

Team ROCCAT

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Phaxi Maxlore Betsy Hjarnan Wadid

Misfits

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Alphari KaKAO PowerOfEvil Hans Sama IgNar

Misc. News

Korea:

ROX Tigers

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Lindarang SeongHwan Mickey Sangyoon Key
Shy

SK Telecom T1

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Huni Peanut Faker Bang Wolf
Profit Blank Sky

KT Rolster

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Smeb Score PawN Deft Mata

Samsung Galaxy

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CuVee Ambition Crown Ruler CoreJJ
Haru Stitch Wraith

Afreeca Freecs

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MaRin Spirit KurO Kramer TusiN
  Mowgli  

MVP

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ADD Beyond Ian MaHa Max

Jin Air Green Wings

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ikssu Umti Kuzan Teddy Snowflower
SoHwan Raise

Longzhu

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Expression Crash Fly PraY Gorilla
Cuzz Bdd Zzus
Justice  

bbq Olivers (Formerly ESC Ever)

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Crazy Bless Tempt Ghost Totoro
Part (Firetrap)  

Kongdoo Monster

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Roach Punch Edge Ssol GuGer

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China:

Taiwan:

IWC:

Pulse leaves EU LCS, joins LPL

eu.lolesports.com 3d ago

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Richard "Pulse" Kam announced that he would be departing EU LCS to cast the LPL from Riot's Oceania office.

"When people see me on screen, the automatic reaction is negative," Pulse stated on Facebook, "and regardless of whether that’s justified or not, that sentiment won’t change if viewers insta-mute the stream or have already decided that anything I say will be garbage.

"This is a big step for me and my career and at the end of the day it’s to provide more and better entertainment to the fans and audiences that watch the shows I’m on," said Pulse on what it means to be a caster.

He will be joining the LPL effective immediately, casting the first matches of the LPL season on Jan. 19.

"Consider this my training arc. Every half decent anime protag has to go through one and 2017 will be mine."

Click here for the full article via eu.lolesports.com

ESPN Survey: Average NA LCS player salary approximately $105K, EU salary $81K

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An anonymous survey by ESPN of of 33 LCS players from Europe and North America released Friday provided a rare glimpse into the state of salaries in both regions, along with further details on the life of a pro gamer.

The average salary of a North American LCS player is $105,385, according to the survey, while the European average is $80,816.

Riot's 2017 NA LCS rules state that the minimum player compensation is $12,500 per split per starting player and coach with a stipend for substitutes. Their goal in implementing LCS salaries was to ensure that players could live comfortably without fully relying on tournament earnings. The EU LCS rules have yet to be released.

LCS players also gave unique insight into the life of a professional League player. All players stated at least one of their parents approved of their career choice. 27 percent of players believed their parents fully backed their career, while 61 percent admitted that their parents did not initially approve but have since come around.

The time needed to compete in the LCS seems to strain relationships, according to the survey. Only 33 percent of players responded that they were in a relationship.

Another question brought validation to this opinion — the longest play session by a player was 80 hours, with the average longest play time in one sitting reaching 21 hours.

The survey also found that 27 percent of players admitted they know of players who take amphetamines or Ritalin to stay sharp for competitions, with 21 percent acknowledging they've seen at least one player compete while high or inebriated. In addition, 24 percent of players have been injured as a direct result of gaming.

Kristine "Vaalia" Hutter is a news editor for theScore esports. You can find her on Twitter.

2017 NA LCS Spring Finals to be held in Vancouver

by 3d ago
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Get your raincoats, the 2017 NA LCS spring finals will be taking place at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, BC from April 22-23, according to an announcement on lolesports.com.

The third place match will take place on Apr. 22, followed by the Grand Final on Apr. 23. Both matches will be best-of-five. All four teams will receive a hefty share of championship points with the first place team automatically qualifying for the Mid-Season Invitational.

The Vancouver event will be the second consecutive NA LCS finals held in Canada, following the summer finals in Toronto in August. The event was a roaring success, with a sold-out crowd filling 15,000 seats in the Air Canada Center.

Team SoloMid defeated Cloud9 3-1 in the August finals to claim a spot at the 2016 World Championship. Meanwhile, Immortals edged out Counter Logic Gaming 3-2 to take third place.

According to the announcement, tickets will go on sale in mid-February but an exact date wasn’t specified.

Sasha Erfanian is a news editor for theScore esports. Follow him on Twitter.

Misfits' Alphari: '[Flaxxish] didn't really pull out anything that made me not confident'

by 12h ago
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Misfits had to overcome some stage jitters in their first LCS series against Giants Gaming, they said in their post-game interview. Not only that, but the nerves came from a couple of the more experienced members of the team.

Tristan "PowerOfEvil" Schrage explained how he and Lee "KaKAO" Byung-kwon were nervous as they went on stage to play with their new teammates. "It was the first time won stage with me and KaKAO, like we were playing too scared in the first game... We just started Baron and we were like, 'Oh, how do we engage now?' It was just a little bit like first game, first time in LCS in a long time."

Barney "Alphari" Morris, when asked about the weird Illaoi pick seen by Olof "Flaxxish" Medin in Game 1 of the series, noted that "[Flaxxish] didn't really pull out anything else that made me not confident," and was worried about the lack of strong blind picks in the top lane.

IgNar was the player of the series in Misfits' 2-1 series victory, going 1/2/26 and having 69 percent Kill Participation over three games.

Gabriel Zoltan-Johan is a News Editor at theScore esports and the head analyst for the University of Toronto League of Legends team. His (public) musings can be found on his Twitter.

Crumbzz will not be part of the NA LCS broadcast 'until further notice'

by 16h ago
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Alberto "Crumbzz" Rengifo will not be part of the official NA LCS broadcast team, the analyst announced Friday.

On both Twitter and his Facebook page, Crumbzz stated that he would not participate in the upcoming NA LCS broadcasts.

In a response to the Reddit thread discussing his Facebook post, Crumbzz said that he "wanted to clarify that this has nothing to do with either party wanting to discontinue the relationship and it is in fact quite the opposite. There are other factors in play that are causing this and will have to be waited out."

The former Renegades jungler was a guest analyst for the 2015 World Championship and then, after Renegades was forced to sell their LCS seed by Riot in May 2016, he became an assistant coach of Apex Gaming while also appearing on Riot's NA LCS broadcasts during the summer season.

Crumbzz's post did not specify why he would be absent from NA LCS broadcasts.

Josh "Gauntlet" Bury is a news editor for theScore esports. You can find him on Twitter.

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