The North American League of Legends league LCS kicks off its second season of the year later this week. As one of the major League of Legends regions, North America will determine its representatives for the Worlds 2022 through the LCS Summer Season where ten teams will compete for a ticket.
In the spring season, Evil Geniuses pulled off a miracle, winning the championship with two rookies and representing the region at MSI 2022. Although they were consistently beaten by G2 Esports from Europe, EG actually put up an honourable fight against RNG in the semi-finals, only to be beaten 3-0.
LCS 2022 Summer notes
The LCS 2022 Summer regular season begins on June 17 and runs until August 14. After that, the LCS 2022 Championship will be played. The exact dates for this tournament are not yet available, but it will be the tournament that decides North America's representatives at Worlds 2022.
LCS franchise partners 100 Thieves, Cloud9, CLG, Dignitas, Evil Geniuses, FlyQuest, Golden Guardians, Immortals, Team Liquid and TSM will be competing in the LCS 2022 Summer competition. There have been some roster changes and news about the teams. Let's take a look at what we will see in the coming LCS season.
LCS 2022 Summer news
Immortals made the first announcement of the season: They have brought in IgNar to replace Destiny. After leaving EG, IgNar missed the spring season but was able to find a team before Worlds 2022. Immortals also brought in young Filipino jungler Kenvi from 100 Thieves to replace Xerxe, who returned to Europe, and New Zealander ADC Lost from Golden Guardians.
Cloud9 parted ways with Summit and Isles, bringing Fudge back to the top lane, while Zven switched roles to support. Berserker remains as the main ADC, while C9's legendary mid laner Jensen returns to the team after spending the spring season out of work.
Taiwanese legend Maple has joined TSM after being unsuccessful with Anyone's Legend in China. Another legend from the early days of LoL esports, Gamsu, joined Dignitas to become their new top laner. Stixxay left the Golden Guardians coaching position to come out of retirement and become the team's new ADC.
Dhokla joined CLG's main squad to replace Jenkins as their top laner. Similarly, Kumo is replaced by Canadian Philip as FlyQuest's new top laner. Tenacity returned to the 100 Thieves Academy team after spending a season in the main roster, and WildTurtle left Immortals, not being able to find a new team for himself in the offseason.
So much has changed since the spring season, especially for Cloud9 and TSM. We will see if these changes will help teams punch their tickets to the Worlds 2022.
LCS 2022 Summer first week schedule and betting odds
LCS 2022 Summer will start with a super week, take a look at the schedule:
June 17, Friday
Evil Geniuses vs Cloud9 - 23:30 CEST
June 18, Saturday
Golden Guardians (1.85) vs FlyQuest (1.85) - 00:30 CEST
100 Thieves (1.35) vs TSM (3.00) - 01:30 CEST
Immortals (4.20) vs Team Liquid (1.20) - 02:30 CEST
Dignitas (1.35) vs CLG (3.00) - 03:30 CEST
Cloud9 vs Golden Guardians - 22:30 CEST
Dignitas (3.00) vs Team Liquid (1.35) - 23:30 CEST
We won't have to wait for a long time before a good match, Evil Geniuses will face Cloud9 in the first game of the first week. MSI 2022 must have affect EG either positively or negatively, and Cloud9 went through important changes during the offseason, make sure to check that one out. EG will also face 100 Thieves on Sunday, another great series that shouldn't be missed.
On Sunday night CEST, Team Liquid will face Cloud9 in the third most important game of the week. The outcome of that series might decide the fate of both these teams, and they will work hard to show something good. Make sure to tune in for that one also.
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