With the NA LCS about to be in full swing, we thought we'd go ahead and put out what we're expecting from this season -- and what you should be expecting, too.
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10. Golden Guardians
Golden Guardians do not look set to be the golden boys of the LCS for their first season on the Rift. While all members of the team have plenty of experience on the Rift and mid laner Hai "Hai" Du Lam is known to be nothing short of a legendary shotcaller, Matthew "Deftly" Chen and Matthew "Matt" Elento are arguably one of the worst bot lanes of the teams on this list.
Juan "Contractz" Arturo Garcia can hold his own coming from Cloud9, though the same can't be said for Samson "Lourlo" Jackson.
9. OpTic Gaming
With names like Tristan "PowerofEvil" Schrage, Daerek "LemonNation" Hart, Now "Arrow" Dong-hyeon, Derek "zig" Shao, and Matthew "Akaadian" Higginbotham making up their roster, OpTic barely scrapes by being last in this list. All in all, the lineup for this team looks quite mediocre and, quite frankly, they would've placed last had it not been for GG's own subpar team.
8. Clutch Gaming
With Fabian "Febiven" Diepstraten coming from H2K and the rest of the roster from Gold Coin United and Team EnVyUs, Clutch Gaming seems as though their team will be painfully mediocre this season, which isn't that great of a thing.
When speaking of team energy and smarts, Clutch Gaming doesn't really make the cut.
FlyQuest has traded off all of their former roster except for Jason "WildTurtle" Tran for a semi-fresh start this season. Having acquired Lee "Flame" Ho-jong from Immortals alongside other names like Andy "AnDa" Hoang, Song "Fly" Yong-jun, and William "Stunt" Chen, it seems as though FlyQuest isn't set to do exceptionally well this split, but, at the very least, not incredibly terrible either.
6. Echo Fox
Echo Fox has acquired familiar names like Heo "Huni" Seung-hoon and Joshua "Dardoch" Hartnett this season, and just with that Echo Fox has taken a huge leap forward from their previous season. This season they look to be a mid-tier team with some potential but nothing particularly extraordinary.
5. 100 Thieves
One of the three entirely new teams in the NA LCS, 100 Thieves appears to be starting off on a strong note by signing players like Kim "Ssumday" Chan-ho, Cody "Cody Sun" Sun, and Zaqueri "aphromoo" Black. While they might not break into the ranks of the top four powerhouses of NA, that doesn't mean there's not a possibility of that happening in the long run.
4. Counter Logic Gaming
In the past year, Counter Logic Gaming wasn't their usual top-tier self. They're looking to hold their own once again by strengthening and eliminating their weakest links and building for the long-term. By acquiring Kim "Reignover" Yeu-jin and Vincent "Biofrost" Wang to add to the pool that includes Darshan "Darshan" Upadhyaya, Choi "Huhi" Jae-hyun and Trevor "Stixxay" Hayes, CLG looks to be one of the best teams in NA this season.
Cloud9 is one of the most consistent and top teams in NA LCS. It's because of incredible teamwork and game smarts that Cloud9 has made it where not many other teams could in past seasons. Expect the same results from them this season, if not slightly more.
2. Team Liquid
Coming off of being the laughingstock of the LCS, Liquid is looking to dominate this season with an entirely new roster made up of exceptional veterans like Jung "Impact" Eon-yeong, Eugene "Pobelter" Park and Yiliang "Doublelift" Peng. Team Liquid is definitely expected to make it to finals, if not to win the whole thing.
1. Team SoloMid
Team SoloMid is expected to conquer the NA LCS just as they have in seasons past, even with their half-new, half-old roster. Having kept Søren "Bjergsen" Bjerg and Kevin "Hauntzer" Yarnell, TSM has brought Michael "MikeYeung" Yeung, Jesper "Zven" Svenningsen, and Alfonso "mithy" Aguirre Rodríguez on board.
TSM is, without a doubt, the most intimidating and fearsome team to hit the NA LCS yet.