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LEC roster moves heading into the 2021 Spring Split
Stay up to date with roster changes moving forward towards the start of the 2021 season.
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Unfortunately, the LEC’s top teams, Fnatic and G2 Esports, failed to make it to this year’s League of Legends World Championship finals, exiting the tournament early following disappointing spells in the competition.
Considering the competition and by overall standards, their achievements were not terrible but teams like Fnatic and G2 would definitely have seen themselves as contenders to win the entire thing, hoisting the Summoner’s Cup in the process.
The past two years for Worlds have seen European representatives in the finals, in the form of G2 last year and Fnatic in 2018, dramatically failing to jump over the final hurdle; Invictus Gaming crushed Fnatic’s hopes of a second Worlds title and FunPlus Phoenix ordered the same execution for Europe’s best team in history, G2.
FPX's mid laner "DoinB" at the World Championship finals in 2019 vs G2. (Image Credit: lolesports)
As the saying goes, history tends to repeat itself, and it was in fact the Westerners who fell short to East Asian superiority once again. After going up 2-0 in the best of five quarter final series, Fnatic were reverse swept 3-2 by China’s first seed Top Esports.
Similarly, G2 were met by LCK first seed and eventual winners DAMWON Gaming, who dismantled Caps and Co 3-0, in another humiliating loss for the Europeans.
Worlds drawing to a close means this season’s global action has now been wrapped up, teams and players will indulge in much needed breaks, and public players will begin to experience the newest changes made to the game during the preseason.
LIke for many sports, this is now the time that teams can look to make amendments and adjustments to their rosters, staff and organization. 2021 will be a new year, a new season for the game and a new LEC Spring Split.
With that being said, here are all of the LEC roster moves that have been confirmed ahead of the 2021 season.
Astralis (formerly Origen)
Sept. 15 - Astralis signed former Nordavind coach Bjørn-Vegar “iHansen” Hansen as the team’s assistant coach alongside head coach Baltat “AoD” Alin-Ciprian.
Oct. 1 - After finishing in last place in the 2020 LEC Summer Split—Astralis’ worst performance to date—the team parted ways with Australian support player Mitchell “Destiny” Shaw.
Nov. 6 - Head coach André “Guilhoto” Pereira Guilhoto leaves the team, joins the LCS’ Immortals.
Oct. 8 - Alejandro “Mapache” Parejo Martinez, assistant head coach of Excel Esports, entered free agency after the team finished in seventh place in the 2020 LEC Summer Split.
Nov. 3 - Marc Robert “Caedrel” Lamont retired from professional League of Legends.
Nov. 6 - Mid laner Joran “Special” Scheffer entered free agency.
Fnatic has yet to announce any changes for the 2020-2021 offseason.
G2 Esports has yet to announce any changes for the 2020-2021 offseason.
Oct. 20 - Head coach Peter “Peter Dun” Dun parted ways with MAD Lions after a disappointing Worlds 2020 performance, falling short in the play-in stage of the tournament.
Oct. 21 - Misfits confirmed the departure of top laner Danny “Dan Dan” Le Comte.
Nov. 6 - Support Mads “Doss” Schwartz parted ways with Misfits.
Rogue has yet to announce any changes for the 2020-2021 offseason.
Schalke 04 has yet to announce any changes for the 2020-2021 offseason.
SK Gaming has yet to announce any changes for the 2020-2021 offseason.
Team Vitality has yet to announce any changes for the 2020-2021 offseason.
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