Following multiple roster changes and questionable decisions, the 2022 LCS Summer split is set to begin.
Teams will take the battle to the rift on June 17, 2022, with the first game being between the current title holder Evil Geniuses and the budget roster of Cloud 9.
One thing is certain, the split will be exciting. TSM will be looking to redeem themselves after their disastrous 9th place Spring split finish.
Can their import strategy finally pay off or is it time to witness one of the longest-lasting AD carries supports, Zven, take over the league? We don’t know, but what we do know is that it will be funny; as the LCS always delivers. Of course, in a fiesta way. Don't count on them for gameplay.
Oh boy, where to begin? In just a single split, Cloud 9 have disbanded one of the most exciting rosters in the LCS ever.
People would think that they have something in mind but what ended up happening is Zven roleswapping to support, Fudge going back to top lane and Jensen coming back to Cloud 9. Definitely a bruh moment.
C9 really demolished one of the most exciting projects in less than a split lol....😶😶😶— Yohan Markov (@Esports_Person) May 3, 2022
TSM went on with their “surprising” strategy of counting on imports. The team added mid laner Huang "Maple" Yi-Tang and support Choi "Mia" Sang-in. At least, they won't have much pressure on them since you can't go lower than their current state. There will always be a CLG in 10th place.
A rather exciting team was born in the name of Immortals. They have acquired talented jungler Shane Kenneth "Kenvi" Espinoza, as well as a new bot lane duo of Lawrence "Lost" Sze Yuy Hu and Lee "IgNar" Dong-geun. They have the potential to upset and nothing to lose after finishing 10th in Spring.
The biggest winner of the offseason has to be Team Liquid, who decided to keep their current roster. I mean, they were one smite away from taking advantage in the series against EG, which they eventually lost 0-3. In an alternate universe, they did make MSI.
The key to our roster has arrived.— TSM FTX (@TSM) May 4, 2022
Please join us in giving @TSMMaple a warm welcome to the TSM family! We're incredibly excited for him to take on the starting position as our LCS mid laner.
His experience and leadership will be pivotal to the success of our roster. pic.twitter.com/k14lswRBSf
When and where to watch
The 2022 LCS Summer kicks off on June 17, 2022 and ends on August, 14, 2022. Following that, the playoffs will be introduced and their date is yet to be announced.
The first week of the LCS will bring us many exciting games. The opening match will be between Evil Geniuses and Cloud 9, followed by the merchandise derby between 100 Thieves and TSM.
On Saturday, June 19, the battle of the bottom will feature TSM versus CLG and C9's Jensen will try to wreck his old organization Team Liquid.
No teams were changed after the 2022 LCS Spring split and the exact same ten will participate in the competition. Here is a list of all the teams:
- 100 Thieves
- Cloud 9
- Evil Geniuses
- Golden Guardians
- Counter Logic Gaming