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All of the confirmed LCS 2020 rosters ranked

The eighth year of the LCS will see both familiar and new names set to play on the starting rosters for the likes of Team Liquid, Immortals and Evil Geniuses.
The professional League of Legends 2020 rosters for the LCS are now fully reported. All ten teams rounded out and we now that we know all the players (some pending Riot approval or pending team official announcement) so here’s how we rank the squads on paper from one to ten.

 

1. Team Liquid

Jung "Impact" Eon-yeong

Mads "Broxah" Brock-Pedersen

Nicolaj "Jensen" Jensen

Yiliang "Doublelift" Peng

Jo "CoreJJ" Yong-in

 

How could we not rank this team number one? Although Liquid has done incredibly well domestically, winning the last four splits in a row, they have not quite been able to make it far internationally. The addition of Broxah could change this, who saw decent success not only domestically in EU on Fnatic, but also making it to Finals for Worlds 2018.

It will not be surprising if this roster begins to steam roll the other LCS teams during the 2020 season.

 

2. Cloud9

Eric "Licorice" Ritchie

Robert "Blaber" Huang

Yasin "Nisqy" Dinçer

Jesper "Zven" Svenningsen

Philippe "Vulcan" Laflamme

 

Despite the roster changes, this team still seems solidly at the top of the list. Licorice and Nisqy have both played well in their own right, and Blaber has played enough with the team during their use of substitutions that he is fully aware of the team’s dynamic, but his immediate "jump in" attitude may need to be tamed.

Although Zven’s gameplay on TSM fell to mixed reviews - particularly after 2019 Spring Finals when a misplay by Zven in Game 5 caused them to lose against Team Liquid - there is hope that a different environment could prove better for him as a replacement for long-standing C9 member Zachary "Sneaky" Scuderi.

 

3. Evil Geniuses

Colin "Kumo" Zhao

Dennis "Svenskeren" Johnsen

Daniele "Jiizuke" di Mauro

Bae "Bang" Jun-sik

Tristan "Zeyzal" Stidam

 

Despite being a brand new team to the LCS, Evil Geniuses has brought us three familiar faces from Cloud9 in Kumo, Svenskeren, and Zeyzal. While Kumo’s short time subbing for Licorice shows promise, we also look to veteran Svenskeren to be the star player for this team. Jiizuke now joins the LCS from the LEC and Team Vitality.

With former SK Telecom T1 and 100 Thieves AD Carry Bang to round out the roster, Evil Geniuses could be a promising addition to the LCS.

 

4. TSM

Sergen "Broken Blade" Çelik

Joshua "Dardoch" Hartnett

Søren "Bjergsen" Bjerg

Kasper "Kobbe" Kobberup

Vincent "Biofrost" Wang

A strong team that has faltered a bit, TSM is looking to a successful 2020, bringing back Biofrost and adding Kobbe from Splyce and Dardoch from OpTic Gaming. Bjergsen - who has been a mainstay on the team since 2013 - and Broken Blade are the only remaining members from the 2019 roster.

Despite placing third in Spring 2019 and fourth in Summer 2019, they have not been to Worlds since 2017, and the team is apparently eager to change that this year. The team has a decent lineup, but still untested, so they’re being ranked 4th on this list.

 

5. 100 Thieves

Kim "Ssumday" Chan-ho

William "Meteos" Hartman

Tommy "ry0ma" Le

Cody "Cody Sun" Sun

William "Stunt" Chen

It is hard not to have high hopes for this team. Bringing back Ssumday, Meteos, and Cody Sun, Chris “PapaSmithy” Smith - new 100 Thieves General Manager - certainly has an idea for the direction he wants this team to go, and it should be interesting and exciting.

Given how Meteos’ and Cody Sun’s departures were received by the community, this seems to be their redemption arc, and we’re looking forward to seeing if this iteration of the roster could bring back the successes of their debut split in Spring 2018 when they finished in first place.

 

6. Golden Guardians

Kevin "Hauntzer" Yarnell

Can "Closer" Çelik

Greyson "Goldenglue" Gilmer

Victor "FBI" Huang

Yuri "Keith" Jew

Another team pulling from the Cloud9 organization, Goldenglue and Keith join Hauntzer, FBI, and Closer, who joins NA from the TCL. The team has struggled since their debut in 2018, finishing in 10th in both Spring and Summer, but moving up to fifth in Spring 2019 and then seventh in Summer 2019.

None of the current roster was a part of the team in 2018, which leads us to believe there may be an upward trend, however, they’re being placed sixth on this list.

 

7. Immortals

Paul "sOAZ" Boyer

Jake "Xmithie" Puchero

Jérémy "Eika" Valdenaire

Johnny "Altec" Ru

Nickolas "Hakuho" Surgent

Immortals joins the LCS again after buying out OpTic Gaming with an entirely new roster. Like with Evil Geniuses, we turn to the jungler as the possible star player as Xmithie just came from a powerful run on Team Liquid, but sOAZ is also a strong player in his own right.

He joins fellow EU player Eika and Hakuho previously from Clutch Gaming and Echo Fox respectively. Another Echo Fox alum is Altec, who has not played competitively since 2018. Given these factors, Immortals is seventh on this list.

 

8. Dignitas

Heo "Huni" Seung-hoon

Jonathan "Grig" Armao

Henrik "Froggen" Hansen

Johnson "Johnsun" Nguyen

Zaqueri "Aphromoo" Black

 

After a Worlds 2019 run as Clutch Gaming, Dignitas completely demolished their roster except for Huni, and until very recently no one had any idea who would fill the remaining four spots.

Taking Grig and Johnsun from TSM and TSM Academy respectively, Froggen from Golden Guardians, and Aphromoo from 100 Thieves, this group of players from all over the LCS have come together to form a team that no one really has any idea how it is going to do.

However, given each player’s own strengths, and pulling from Huni’s history as well as Aphromoo’s shotcalling, they cannot be placed last.

 

9. Counter Logic Gaming

Kim "Ruin" Hyeong-min

Raymond "Wiggly" Griffin

Lee "Crown" Min-ho

Trevor "Stixxay" Hayes

Andy "Smoothie" Ta

 

While CLG has been a strong team in the past, they have been inconsistent in 2019, finishing 7th in Spring but finishing third in Summer, and finishing third in the 2019 Regional Qualifier. Keeping Ruin, Wiggly, and Stixxay from Summer 2019, Smoothie from TSM and Cloud9 join as their support, as well as former OpTic Gaming mid laner Crown.

Despite a better showing in 2019, they played seventh and eighth in 2018, and more information is needed with this new roster. Hopefully, an upward trend continues, but for the time being, Counter Logic Gaming is ninth on this list.

 

10. FlyQuest

Omran "V1per" Shoura

Lucas "Santorin" Tao Kilmer Larsen

Tristan "PowerOfEvil" Schrage

Jason "WildTurtle" Tran

Lee "IgNar" Dong-geun

 

A team has to be last, and unfortunately, FlyQuest is it. They’ve been all over the map in placements since they joined the LCS in 2017, mainly finishing in the bottom half of the standings except for Spring 2019 when they finished fourth. Adding IgNar from FC Schalke 04 and PowerOfEvil from Counter Logic Gaming could help them see a change, but it is too early to tell at this point.

 

There you have it. These are your LCS players and teams for 2020. Despite the placements as they are now, if you’ve watched LCS before, you know that upsets do happen, and given the smattering of LEC players to some of these rosters, we expect that 2020 should be quite interesting.