The regional League of Legends rebranding will continue with the NA LCS (North American Leagues of Legends Championship Series acquiring a new name heading into the 2019 Season.
Due to the official franchising of the EU LCS and their rebrand to the LEC, it meant that it was no longer mandatory for the NA LCS to have to state the region in their official league name. The change is relatively simple, with no longer requiring the region in the name they’ve removed it and will now be called the LCS (League of Legends Championship Series).
Fans will have to wait until January 26th to see the action kick off in the LCS and they are truly set for an intense Spring Split, however, we are still awaiting details on the full schedule.
Cloud9 may head in as obvious favourites for the Spring Split following their impressive performances at Worlds where they made history for an NA team, but others like TSM, 100 Thieves and Team Liquid have made some major changes during the offseason.
Arguably the best moves were made by 100 Thieves, who acquired Huhi for their mid lane and two-time world champion Bang will be joining Aphromoo in the bot lane. Despite the strong performances Team Liquid had throughout the 2018 Season, they have opted to bring on three new additions; Jensen in the mid line, CoreJJ as support and the young jungler Mike Yeung.
A few years ago, some of these changes wouldn’t even be considered due to NA League of Legends typically being considered lower tier compared to other regions but since the transition to franchising and the higher budgets organisations now have, they are able to persuade higher level players from those top Chinese and Korean to make the move across the water.
Right now, there is no clear favourite for the Spring Split of the LCS and we should expect to be treated to many amazing games, so fans should sit back and enjoy what’s to come.