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With the offseason well underway, rosters have already started to transform completely, with many teams opting for at least one change. We’ve put together a quick guide by region, and will be adding the LMS soon. In the meantime, here is the current state of the 2015/2016 Offseason.

 

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LCK

TEAM TOP JUNGLE MID ADC Support
SKT Marin Bengi Faker (Confirmed for 2016) Bang Wolf
KOO Tigers (renamed to just the Tigers) Smeb Hojin Kuro Pray Gorilla
KT Rolster Ssumday Score Nagne Arrow Piccaboo
SBENU Soul CatchFlaw SaSin Nuclear Secret
Najin e-mFire Duke Watch Ggoong Ohq Pure
CJ Entus Shy(Tryouts) Ambition (Tryouts) Coco (Tryouts) Space (Tryouts) Madlife (Tryouts)
Jin Air TrAceSoHwan Chaser GBM Pilot Chei
Rebels Anarchy ikssu Lira Mickey Sangyoon Snowflower
Longzhu IM Expression TusiN Frozen Roar IgNar
SSG CuVee Eve Crown Fury Luna

 

 

 

LPL

TEAM TOP JUNGLE MID ADC Support
LGD Acorn TBQ(Leaving after IEM) GodV Imp Pyl
EDG Koro1 Clearlove Pawn Deft Meiko
IG Zztai Kakao Rookie KidTime KittiesMo
Qiao Gu V Swift DoinB TnT TcT
Snake Flandre Beast U kRYST4L Ella
Vici Dandy World6 Peng Xuan Mata
OMG gogoingxiyang LovelingJuejue COOL UziNorth sanLuo
Master3 Looper Condi dade smlz lovecd
RNG Letme mlxg xiaohu wuxx ley
Unlimited Potential Loong Eimy Jiaoyang Skatch Heart
Team WE Aluka SpiritWuShuang Xiye Mystic sukiM Conan
King Cola insec Corn Namei Zero

 

NA/EU LCS Free Agency Tracker

  • Wildturtle
  • Xpecial
  • Freeze
  • Forg1ven
  • Vardags
  • H0RO
  • Jwaow
  • Loulex
  • Freddy112
  • Dexter
  • GBM (Previously Mid Laner for Jin Air Green Wings, heading to NA)
  • GosuPepper/Edward
  • Goldenglue
  • Porpoise

 

NoL will continue to provide updates to each list as well as the status of free agents as information becomes available. Watch out for more in depth offseason coverage starting with IEM San Jose.

 

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The TSM roster is now wide open as the team has announced they will be holding tryouts for the ADC position. With last week’s roster shuffle, and the ADC slot also up for grabs, Team SoloMid looks to rebuild over the next few weeks in preparation for upcoming IEM San Jose in November.

“We are announcing tryouts for the AD Carry role on our League of Legends roster. As we are in the process of restructuring our management and rebuilding the team, we would like to explore more talent, new or old, in hopes of finding the best roster possible. Our current AD Carry Jason ‘WildTurtle’ Tran will be participating in these tryouts. The position will go to whomever we feel to be the best suited for it.

Like the other tryouts, every applicant must have the following requirements:

  • Fluency in English
  • Challenger ranking in NA, EU, KR, CN, or TW
  • Willing to relocate to the TSM Gaming House in California, USA
  • A positive mind set, which includes but is not limited to the following:
    • Willingness to learn from others
    • Competitive spirit
    • The ability to accept criticism and be self-critical
    • Cooperative and willing to adapt to and work within a team environment

 

As a side note: we are still accepting applicants for all the previous positions listed.”

 

Application details

 

 

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In September speculation rose surrounding the roster of North America’s Team Liquid. After support player Alex ‘Xpecial‘ Chu confirmed he would be stepping down from the roster rumors began circulating on who would fill the void in the bottom lane. Now, Team Liquid has released an announcement video confirming that Andy ‘Smoothie‘ Ta will be joining the teams starting lineup.

 

Smoothie previously played support for Team Dragon Knights, who were eliminated from the LCS in the Summer Split via auto-relegation. With the duo of Smoothie and current AD Carry Chae ‘Piglet‘ Gwang-jin Team Liquid looks to improve their synergy in the bottom lane after former support Xpecial revealed that him and Piglet were having trouble getting along.

 

 

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Touted as one of the worlds premier eSports organizations, Natus Vincere (Na’Vi) has announced that they will be returning to League of Legends after a brief stint in 2012.

Na’Vi will begin it’s search for a roster from the top down, opting to approach the process from a traditional sports perspective. From the announcement:

 

We will use the experience of traditional sports: first employ managers and then form our League of Legends team, using their recommendations. The more eSports evolves, the more it approaches the rules and principles of traditional sports. We sincerely hope that our decision to go down this traditional path is a step in the right direction.

 

In a couple of days we will publish an announcement with the details concerning the vacancy of League of Legends head coach, so follow the updates on our website. You are most welcome to send your CV, especially if you consider yourself a competent professional, capable of accomplishing all important tasks of this position!

 

Na’Vi CEO Alexander “ZeroGravity“ Kokhanovsky had this to say:

eSports does not stand still, and we also move forward. I am sure that this innovation will prove how effective the sports approach can be for the formation of the League of Legends team.

 

While Na’Vi is based in the Ukraine, there is no guarantee the team will be. In 2012, Na’Vi competed in Korea’s OGN The Champions before falling to 11th place. With the 2016 Spring Season already locked in, Natus Vincere may look to enter the LCS through purchasing of the Dignitas EU roster, who recently qualified for the 2016 European LCS. As Dignitas already has a team in the NA LCS, one of the two must be sold before the start of the season.

 

NoL will continue to provide updates as further details become available .
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After a series of roster related rumors, Team Liquid support player Alex “Xpecial“ Chu has confirmed that the team is searching for another support player.

In a video update, Xpecial offered insight into the change, citing personal and performance related issues:

There are two big reasons why this roster change is happening:

The first one is Piglet just doesn’t like me. He doesn’t think I’m that good anymore and he wants a new support. The second reason is the TL staff has been questioning my performance as of late. They don’t know where its heading and they want to look for a new option and because of piglet’s preference, we decided to go with that.

 

Team Liquid considered various options, including trying a new AD carry, before settling on their decision to replace the veteran support. Xpecial says though unsure of his future, he wants to continue competing.

I’m going to make sure people remember why I was one of the best, and once I have a platform to stand on, I’ll show them again why I was one of the best.

– Alex “Xpecial” Chu

 

It is rumored that Andy “Smoothie” Ta will take Xpecial’s place on the roster. NoL will continue to watch the story as things develop.

 

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After Team Liquid’s finish at the top of the standings in the Summer Split, fans were let down when the team faltered in the semi-finals and fell to the Gauntlet, losing a 3-1 series to Cloud 9 and failing to make the 2015 World Championship. Now, a month after the end of the 2015 Summer Split, Team Liquid head coach Peter Zhang has announced that he will be leaving the team and will continue to pursue a career in coaching.

 


 

Peter took to social media to share his thoughts on his departure. Excerpt:

 

Future plan

 

It’s been a long time i write about this. First of all , I want to thank big Steve for helping me
improved as a person also as a coach, and thank mark/joka for helping me all the time managing team.
Thank all 5 player’s and TL staff work with me, especially Dom.Dom helping me lot to coach the team in the beginning of the spring split. Really appreciate the time spend with all of you guys.

Team Liquid
TL is the first foreign team I joined. I have never been to a different language team, it
hurts a lot in the beginning, especially we still have 2 Koreans on the team. But I think we fixed
these issues in the end of spring split which we eventually break the curse. But also there is lot
issues we didn’t fix as a team which I don’t want to mentioned here, I hopefully they will fix in
the next split. They are all talented player, i wish them best of luck and do well in the next split.

 

In more Team Liquid related news, the organization recently shared that on September 21st, AD Carry Chae “Piglet” Gwang-jin’s had his contract extended to November 20, 2016. Co-owner Steve Arhancet said the team will share full roster details after the 2015 World Championship.
 


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Team Liquid has not officially commented on the coaching situation. NoL will continue to provide updates as information surfaces.
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Two weeks ago, Counter Logic Gaming announced that in lieu of visa issues, jungler Jacob “Xmithie” Puchero would be ineligible to compete at the 2015 World Championship. Now, those issues have been resolved, and CLG has announced that Xmithie will be starting for the team in the Group Stages in Paris.

From the announcement:

Several members of the community reached out to us after the announcement that Jake’s VISA wasn’t possible to complete in the time allotted. These people were instrumental in advising and rushing the process at critical areas to get it completed. We couldn’t have done this VISA without them and Xmithie wouldn’t have gone to group stages.

We are so grateful for their help and wanted to list them below:

  • Paolo Bago from the Philippine Esport Organization
  • Michal Meduna from the European Commission
  • Also the Philippine Esports Team, Philippine Senator Bam Aquino and his office, and Norman E. Cualteros.
  • Our local advisor Joyluck

 

Xmithie expressed his gratitude on twitter:

 

Official announcement by CLG

 

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Finishing first place in the regular season yet failing to qualify for the 2015 World Championship, Team Liquid looks to replace veteran support player Alex “Xpecial” Chu for the 2016 Season.

Originally reported on by the DailyDot, one source close to the organization has said that after being handed control of the roster, Jungler Christian “IWillDominate” Rivera wishes to “reinvigorate the line-up with some young blood.” Xpecial has been playing competitively for the past five years, and has been hailed as one of the top supports in North America for a large part of his career.

Off the back of an average performance in the 2015 Summer Split, another source close to Dominate has said that “Xpecial has been around for so long that there’s a feeling he might not be able to perform at the level you need to be the best in North America. Dominate seems to have made up his mind that Xpecial has to be the one to go if they are to improve as a team.”

The player in mind? Dominate is apparently quite fond of the skill in Team Dragon Knights own Andy “Smoothie” Ta, who was just relegated after his first split in the LCS.

It is unclear whether Xpecial would remain with the team, or play elsewhere, or possibly even retire. While nothing has been confirmed, NoL has reached out to both Team Liquid and TDK, and will continue to provide updates as the story develops.

 

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With the World Championship set to kick off on October 1st in Paris, the 16 qualified teams have been drawn into four groups of international competition. The group stage will take place over two weeks in a double round robin style tournament, with teams playing against each other in two best of 1’s, for a total of 12 matches per group plus any necessary tiebreakers. Read the complete World Championship format.

 

Teams competing at the 2015 World Championship

 

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2015 World Championship Groups

 

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2015 ALL-STAR EVENT

After the confetti descends at the 2015 World Championship, we’ll head into the offseason with players around the world setting their sights on our last international event of the year. The 2015 All-Star Event (ASE) will bring the unexpected to the Rift featuring a clash of the regions, epic 1v1 matches, fan-voted comps, fun game modes, and mixed region roster showdown.

As we announced earlier this year, we’re hosting two large-scale international tournaments outside of Worlds. Before Summer Split, there was the intense and competitive Mid-Season Invitational which hit Tallahassee in May. After Worlds, we’ll be hosting the All-Star Event, a new exhibition at the NA LCS Studio in Los Angeles from December 10-13. The ASE will bring beloved players from around the world together, all in a revamped “theatre-in-the-round” studio layout to accommodate more fans than ever before.

Evolving from 2014’s All-Star voting format, fans will vote in five players to represent their regional “dream teams” for the NA LCS, EU LCS, LCK, LPL, and LMS this year. With IWC’s top team added to the mix, these six teams will be assigned to Team Fire or Team Ice based off their region’s performance at Worlds. The teams will battle for fame, fun, and player rewards for their region. Want to send Rush Hour or see Sneaky Bunny represent the NA LCS? Global voting will open in November and we’ll share more information about how to cast your votes when we get closer to the event.

The International Wild Card teams will also be getting in on the ASE action, just as they participated in MSI and Worlds. Before the All-Star Event, there will be the first ever International Wild Card All-Star which will be held in Australia in November. The winners of this tournament will represent IWC at the ASE. We’ll share more details about this new event soon.

We look forward to welcoming stars from Leagues around the world to Los Angeles in December to close out the year in style. Want to join us in the studio? We’ll be sharing ticket information in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

 

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