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The 2021 League of Legends offseason has started ahead of its official date, Nov. 15, as teams and players agree verbally to region-altering deals in North America. Indeed, a huge influx of top European players and the odd LCK import have turned this offseason into a spicy one across the Atlantic.

Below are the projected League of Legends lineups, with teams sorted by the order in which they finished the summer split.

Last updated: Nov. 21 @ 8:30 p.m. CET

Player ID Status Former team First report
Top Ssumday Under contract 100 Thieves
Top Tenacity Under contract 100 Thieves
Jungle Closer Under contract 100 Thieves
Mid Abbedagge Under contract 100 Thieves
AD Carry FBI Under contract 100 Thieves
Support Huhi Under contract 100 Thieves
Head coach Reapered Under contract 100 Thieves
Assistant coach Freeze Under contract 100 Thieves
Assistant coach mithy Verbal agreement Cloud9 Dot Esports

All is quiet in 100 Thieves land as they showed promise at Worlds 2021 despite spending relatively little time with mid laner Abbedagge on the lineup. Considering how close they came to causing a ruckus at Worlds, an offseason move from their end would be a surprise.

Timeline:

Player ID Status Former team First report
Top Bwipo Rumored Fnatic Travis Gafford
Jungle Santorin Rumored Team Liquid
Mid Bjergsen Rumored TSM FionnOnFire
AD Carry Hans sama Verbal agreement Rogue Travis Gafford
Support CoreJJ Under contract Team Liquid
Support Eyla Under contract Team Liquid
Head coach Guilhoto Confirmed Team Liquid dGon
Assistant coach H4xDefender Under contract Team Liquid
Assistant coach Kold Under contract Team Liquid

Timeline:

  • Oct. 28: Upcomer’s Tyler Erzberger (FionnOnFire) reports that Team Liquid is eyeing Bjergsen as he unretires from pro play. He also notes that Jensen is trying out at AD carry.
  • Oct. 29: Travis Gafford’s sources note that Bwipo is heading to Team Liquid as a top laner. Anonimotum doubles down on Nov. 2, reporting that a verbal agreement has been reached. Bwipo would replace Alphari, who is close to returning to Europe.
  • Nov. 4: Beyond the Bwipo rumor, Travis Gafford adds that Hans sama may be joining Team Liquid—a monumental move for North America. Support CoreJJ is in the process of acquiring NA residency as he applies for a green card, making this almost full-European lineup a force in the LCS. If he is unsuccessful, or if there are delays in the procedure, Eyla may take over the spot.
  • Nov. 15: Guilhoto is Team Liquid’s primary coaching target. Indeed, dGon’s sources are adamant that he will take over Kold’s interim spot, allowing Kold to slide back to assistant coaching duties.
  • Nov. 16 @ 1:15 a.m. CET: Dot Esports’ Bloop with the Guilhoto scoop: he and Team Liquid have agreed to a two-year deal. Kold may return to the assistant coach role under these circumstances.
  • 7:00 p.m. CET: Guilhoto has officially joined Team Liquid, as initially reported by Dot Esports’ Bloop. Later, Team Liquid confirms that Kold will remain as their assistant coach.
Player ID Status Former team First report
Top Summit Signed Liiv SANDBOX Upcomer
Jungle Blaber Under contract Cloud9
Mid Fudge Role swap Cloud9 Upcomer
Mid Copy Promoted Cloud9 Academy Travis Gafford
AD Carry Zven Under contract Cloud9
AD Carry Berserker Signed T1 Challengers Dot Esports
Support Isles Promoted Cloud9 Academy Travis Gafford
Support Winsome Signed Shadow Battlica (South Korea) Dot Esports
Head coach LS Possibility T1 (streamer) Dot Esports
Assistant coach Reignover Under contract Cloud9
Assistant coach Westrice Under contract Cloud9

This style denotes uncertainty.

Timeline:

  • Nov. 1: Perkz is on his way out, likely headed to Team Vitality alongside Team Liquid’s Alphari. The two players would be returning to Europe after spending a year in the LCS.
  • Nov. 9: As Nisqy seeks a future outside Fnatic, Cloud9 are reportedly pursuing him, according to Anonimotum.
  • Nov. 11: Travis Gafford uncovers that Cloud9 may be planning to trade support Vulcan to Evil Geniuses, and that Isles is set to replace him. Upcomer’s Isaac McIntyre confirms Isles’ promotion on Nov. 15.
  • Nov. 11: Travis Gafford further adds that Copy is a possible option for Cloud9—a promotion from Cloud9 Academy to the LCS. Isaac McIntyre later notes that the Nisqy option is losing steam.
  • Nov. 15: Call it the oddest move of the offseason in North America: Upcomer’s FionnOnFire reports that Liiv SANDBOX’s Summit is inbound, and that Fudge will be swapping to the mid lane. Travis Gafford also speaks on the topic.
  • Nov. 16 @ 2:25 a.m. CET: According to Dot Esports’ Bloop, mithy has left Cloud9 to join 100 Thieves’ coaching staff. Later on, Dot Esports highlight that the mid lane situation is unclear.
  • Nov. 17 @ 6:41 a.m. CET: Dot Esports’ Jacob Wolf reports that Winsome will join Cloud9 and compete for the starting support position. Winsome will count as a North American resident as he is a citizen of the United States of America, and as he has not played in the LCK or at Challengers. The team is also eyeing former T1 Challengers AD carry Berserker and coach LS.
  • Nov. 17 @ 4:59 p.m. CET: Cloud9 and South Korean AD carry Berserker have agreed to terms according to Dot Esports’ Jacob Wolf.
  • Nov. 20 @ 9:00 p.m. CET: Cloud9 confirm their roster and add a layer of complexity. Many players will be fighting for the starting spots during Cloud9’s upcoming boot camp in South Korea.
Player ID Status Former team First report
Top Huni Under contract TSM
Jungle Spica Under contract TSM
Mid ? ? ? ?
AD Carry Tactical Rumored Team Liquid Travis Gafford
Support mikyx Possibility G2 Esports Dot Esports
Support IgNar / Life Possibilities (Various) Travis Gafford
Head coach Chawy Rumored HK Attitude Dot Esports
Assistant coach ? ? ? ?

This style denotes unconfirmed or volatile situations.

Timeline:

Player ID Status Former team First report
Top Revenge Renewed Immortals Dot Esports
Jungle Xerxe Under contract Immortals
Mid PowerOfEvil Verbal agreement TSM dGon
AD Carry WildTurtle Verbal agreement Counter Logic Gaming dGon
Support Destiny Under contract Immortals
Head coach ? ? ?
Assistant coach ? ? ?

Timeline:

Player ID Status Former team First report
Top Impact Under contract Evil Geniuses
Jungle Inspired Confirmed Rogue Travis Gafford
Mid jojopyun Promoted Evil Geniuses Academy Travis Gafford
AD Carry Danny Under contract Evil Geniuses
Support Vulcan Confirmed Cloud9 Travis Gafford
Head coach Peter Dun Under contract Evil Geniuses
Assistant coach Artemis Under contract Evil Geniuses

Timeline:

Player ID Status Former team First report
Top Licorice Under contract Golden Guardians
Jungle Pridestalkr Confirmed MOUZ Travis Gafford
Mid Ablazeolive Under contract Golden Guardians
AD Carry Lost Confirmed TSM Travis Gafford
Support Olleh Confirmed Travis Gafford
Head coach Inero Under contract Golden Guardians
Assistant coach ChuChuZ Under contract Golden Guardians

Timeline:

  • Sept. 21: Top laner Solo is removed from the Global Contract Database.
  • Nov. 11: A golden day for Golden Guardians fans, as Travis Gafford reveals that three players are inbound: Pridestalkr, Olleh, and Lost.
  • Nov. 15: Isaac McIntyre (Dexerto) adds another report on Lost’s impending arrival to Golden Guardians.
  • Nov. 16: Olleh has returned to pro play and has joined Golden Guardians in the LCS.
  • Nov. 17: Golden Guardians announce their LCS roster, and it is as previously rumored.
Player ID Status Former team First report
Top FakeGod Signed Dignitas Dot Esports
Jungle River Signed PSG Esports Travis Gafford
Mid Blue Verbal agreement SK Gaming Travis Gafford
AD Carry neo Signed Dignitas Dot Esports
Support Biofrost / Zeyzal Possibilities Travis Gafford
Head coach Enatron Signed NASR eSports Travis Gafford
Assistant coach ? ? ? ?

This style denotes massive uncertainty.

Timeline:

Player ID Status Former team First report
Top Jenkins / Hauntzer / Kumo Possibilities (various) Travis Gafford
Jungle Josedeodo Under contract FlyQuest
Mid Toucouille Verbal agreement GameWard (ERL) Wooloo
AD carry Johnsun Verbal agreement Dignitas Travis Gafford
Support Aphromoo Verbal agreement Dignitas Travis Gafford
Head coach ? ? ? ?
Assistant coach Phantiks Under contract FlyQuest
Assistant coach Sharkz Under contract FlyQuest

This style denotes more uncertainty than usual.

Timeline:

  • Oct. 28: An unlikely turn of events for a promising European prospect: according to Wooloo, French mid laner Toucouille is headed to FlyQuest.
  • Nov. 4: Travis Gafford reports that FlyQuest are in the process of acquiring Team Dignitas’s bot lane duo, Johnsun and Aphromoo. He also notes that Palafox is on his way to another LCS team.
  • Nov. 11: A tricky situation is unfolding in the top lane as FlyQuest are considering three top laners: Jenkins, Hauntzer, and Kumo. As for Josedeodo, his future within FlyQuest is uncertain.
  • Nov. 16 @ 1:43 a.m. CET: Dot Esports’ Jacob Wolf breaks that French mid laner Toucouille has joined FlyQuest on a three-year deal, and that Aphromoo will join him on a two-year deal.
  • Nov. 17 @ 6:14 p.m. CET: FlyQuest have announced the departures of head coach Kanani, mid laners Triple and Palafox, and support Dreams.
Player ID Status Former team First report
Top Jenkins Confirmed Team Liquid Travis Gafford
Jungle Contractz Confirmed Evil Geniuses Travis Gafford
Mid Palafox Confirmed FlyQuest Travis Gafford
AD Carry Luger Confirmed 100 Thieves Academy Travis Gafford
Support Poome Confirmed 100 Thieves Academy Travis Gafford
Head coach Thinkcard Confirmed Golden Guardians Academy
Assistant coach Croissant Confirmed Golden Guardians Academy

We will not include reports of departures as CLG is rebuilding its team from the ground up.

Timeline:

  • Nov. 4: Travis Gafford reports that Counter Logic Gaming are building on a budget. In come FlyQuest mid laner Palafox, and 100 Thieves Academy’s bot lane duo, Luger and Poome. Finn was an option at the time.
  • Nov. 9: Counter Logic Gaming announces that they have signed Golden Guardians Academy’s coaches, Thinkcard and Croissant, for their LCS team.
  • Nov. 15: After Finn’s free agency results in a potential Excel Esports pickup, Travis Gafford reports that CLG have shifted their attention to Team Liquid’s substitute top laner, Jenkins.
  • Nov. 16 @ 2:00 a.m. CET: Counter Logic Gaming officially parts ways with its entire 2021 LCS starting roster.
  • Nov. 17 @ 2:15 a.m. CET: Dot Esports’ Jacob Wolf reports that Contractz has joined Counter Logic Gaming as their starting jungler.
  • Nov. 19 @ 6:00 p.m. CET: Counter Logic Gaming have announced their roster for 2022, confirming all rumored moves. They have also won the Jenkins sweepstakes in the top lane.

Adel primarily covers League of Legends, with a particular emphasis on League of Legends esports competitions. He has over 10 year of experience covering the LEC and other LoL competitive events across Europe.