017 Spring Split has officially wrapped up for most of the teams involved. Coming into the split, a lot of hype surrounded some of the biggest roster moves in League of Legends history, and certainly for the NA LCS.
To much dismay, however, a lot of that hype fizzled away as we were left watching a lot of lackluster play from what should have been the new best players in NA.
Here’s a look a some of the most anticlimactic roster moves that preceded the 2017 NA LCS Spring Split.
4. Chaser to Dignitas
Dignitas did fine this split. They do get props for mounting a legendary comeback to make it to the playoffs after an abysmal start. All that aside, though, I cant help but thinking they did all this despite Lee “Chaser” Sang-hyun.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying Chaser was bad this split. I’m saying he was wildly inconsistent in a role that demands the most consistency out of a player.
Seemingly continuing the disappointing stint he had through Champions 2016 with Longhzhu Gaming, Chaser doesn’t look like he’s getting back on track, and I think Dignitas would be better off looking elsewhere.
3. Looper to Echo Fox
Echo Fox… The most consistently mediocre team in the history of the NA LCS.
Bringing in a former world champion always seems like a good idea on paper, but just ask Team Liquid how that is working out for them.
When the split started, Echo Fox seemed like a team to watch out for. We all expected Jang “Looper” Hyeong-seok to smash every top laner in his path. I guess he didn’t necessarily do poorly, but definitely not how we expected.
Echo Fox just doesn’t have the support in other roles for Looper to succeed, and I hope they do some soul searching before the next split starts so we can see what Looper can actually do.
2. Flame to Immortals
Immortals tried playing the good guys. Before the 2016 offseason, the IMT management told the players they could field other offers without repercussion because they were confident the team atmosphere they had created would retain their players.
Well… At least Eugene “Pobelter” Park stayed.
In an attempt to lighten the blow of losing their star bot lane combo, and their all-stars in the top lane and jungle, Immortals singed once iconic top laner Lee “Flame” Ho-jong to the roster.
Unfortunately, he looked a bit washed up.
Flame is one of the most dominant top laners to ever play the game. It’s a shame so little can be said about Flame’s time in the NA LCS other than, “Oh well.”
1. Reignover to Liquid
The 2017 Spring Split didn’t quite go as planned for Team Liquid, after what seemed like a successful offseason.
TL brought back Chae “Piglet” Gwang-jin, replaced Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett with Kim “Reignover” Yeu-jin, and then went 5-13 during the regular season.
Liquid then had to temporarily sign Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng, the best player North America has ever produced, in order to avoid relegation.
Not all of TL’s failure should rest on Reignover, but after being the best jungler in Europe, and then in North America the following year, Reignover just wasn’t playing like himself.
Perhaps the loss of long time teammate Huni was too much for him, because Reignover looked lost all split.