After a short playoff battle that only covered their 3-0 loss to TSM, Dignitas finds themselves out of Worlds contention, and their 2020 season is officially over.
Dignitas have had quite the rough year after acquiring Clutch Gaming and then completely demolishing the roster, despite its success of the previous year where they made it to Worlds. Only keeping Heo "Huni" Seung-hoon in the top lane, they struggled to sign others to the team due to the massive $2.3 million contract they used to keep Huni.
They finally filled the roster with Henrik "Froggen" Hansen in the midlane, Zaqueri "aphromoo" Black and Johnson "Johnsun" Nguyen in the botlane, and Jonathan "Grig" Armao in the jungle. Although they started strong in the first few weeks, the wins quickly began to be few and far between as they finished in 7th place, a rough end to a rough split that also had LCS production changing entirely when COVID-19 cases began.
In the time before Summer Split began, it was announced Huni would be leaving Dignitas, and then eventually revealed he would be moving to Evil Geniuses. This scratched some heads as due to import slot rules, you could only have two imported players on a main roster at one time.
Unfortunately our #LCS 2020 journey has come to an end. It wasn't the result we hoped for, but we're proud of the individual progress our players made to secure a playoff spot.— Dignitas (@dignitas) August 15, 2020
GGWP to @TSM. We can't wait to be back on the Rift in 2021. Thank you for your continued support. pic.twitter.com/7XURYXOc06
Since they already had Daniele “Jiizuke” DiMauro and Bae “Bang” Jun-sik on the team, Huni would play on academy for the time being.
With Huni gone, Dignitas would split a small amount of time between Omran "V1per" Shoura and Samson "Lourlo" Jackson in the top lane, as well as in the jungle with Matthew “Akaadian” Higginbotham and now Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett, who they acquired after his short run on TSM. However, V1per and Dardoch would see the most stage time in the Summer Split, including in today’s games.
It's the end of the road for Dignitas (Picture: Lolesports)
The team had a terrible Summer, losing their first 8 games in a row before seeing a win against Immortals. They won a total of 6 games throughout the split, and scraped into 8th place after a tiebreaker match against CLG.
Now, with playoffs over and no longer with a chance at Worlds, Dignitas have time to regroup and rework their team and hopefully do so, if they want a better shot at 2021.