- Team Dignitas made big moves in the League of Legends space by acquiring some top talent from around the league. Here are the latest moves in their roster.
Former Clutch Gaming team, now Dignitas, will likely have a finalized Spring 2020 roster soon, according to an ESPN source. Clutch Gaming had previously announced its rebranding as Dignitas, a household name to hardcore North American fans. They have acquired the following players in separate arrangements:
- mid laner Henrik “Froggen” Hansen from Golden Guardians
- support Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black from 100 Thieves
- Jonathan “Grig” Armao from Team Solomid.
Recently, they have announced the re-signing of star top laner Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon to a controversial, record-breaking multi-million dollar contract. Then, they reported that former TSM Academy bot laner Johnson “Johnsun” Nguyen will be their starter in Spring 2020.
Froggen recently played for Golden Guardians but failed to qualify for the playoffs in 2019. He went to North America back in 2016 to play for then-newcomer Echo Fox. Despite playing relatively well, he didn’t see much success in NA and even played in relegations at one point. After several years, he’s now in a team that will likely make a push for playoffs with its veteran-laden roster.
Meanwhile, Aphromoo left 100 Thieves after three disappointing splits following their 2nd place finish in Spring 2018. He was even relegated to the academy team at one point, along with two-time World Champion Bae “Bang” Jun-sik. The benching shocked most fans. Analysts wondered how dysfunctional 100 Thieves could have been internally given such a talented roster. Recently, 100 Thieves decided to promote academy support William “Stunt” Chen, which meant they will no longer field Aphromoo in their lineup.
Similarly, TSM benched Grig after he suffered an injury in favor of Matthew “Akaadian” Higginbotham. After Grig recovered, the duo split playing time with each other up until the playoffs for the summer split. Then, in a stunning turn of events, both junglers were benched in favor of academy jungler Mingyi “Spica” Lu. This offseason, TSM announced that they would be giving the position to Spica full-time.
Along with the news, the source reported that Dignitas was in talks with long-time Cloud 9 bot laner Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi. However, they failed to reach an amicable agreement with him. Sneaky is currently still under contract with Cloud 9 as of the moment. He will not be starting over newly acquired bot laner Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen.
Several teams, and the LCS in general, are under fire from some fans who are not in favor of some of the acquisitions LCS teams made this offseason. One particular issue is the lack of native NA mid laners this coming spring split. Of the 10 starting mid laners, only Greyson “Goldenglue” Gilmer is a native of North America. Veteran Eugene “Pobelter” Park and the up and coming to Tanner “Damonte” Damonte are two controversial names that will likely sit out the spring split. Two new imports, Jérémy “Eika” Valdenaire (from La Ligue Française) and Tommy “ry0ma” Le (from OPL), will instead start for Immortals and 100 Thieves, respectively.
In other news, former Vitality mid laner Daniele “Jiizuke” di Mauro will be the new Evil Geniuses mid laner. This development came after the confirmation that Griffin star Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon will not be leaving Korea and will instead play for DragonX.
EG was reportedly in talks with Chovy but his coach, Kim “cvMax” Dae-ho convinced him to stay in Korea. Chovy and cvMax will play together in DragonX, along with former Griffin top laner Choi “Doran” Hyeon-joon.