Things we need to see in the NA LCS 2019 Season
The World Championships is over with and we are months out from the next season of the NA LCS. The 2018 Season was one that was wrought with different developed metas. One thing the 2018 Season brought us was a large number of roster changes. Being the first full season of franchising, it appears that franchising has actually worked, to a point. It appears as if the level of competition finally leveled out towards the end of the summer split. No longer do you have the large difference between the top teams and the worst teams. Things are going as we had hoped. However, things could be different, and below I will list the things I believe they need to change coming into 2019.
First off, the NA LCS has a ton of talent and the teams should flaunt that talent, at least in the Spring Split. For example, 100 Thieves could bring in their imported star jungler Đỗ Duy “Levi” Khánh into the roster to get some stage time against the other teams. The best way to build rookies or integrate players into a team environment is to have them play on stage. Call me crazy, but why shouldn’t TSM start their Academy midlaner Nicholas “Ablazeolive” Abbott. The guy will likely not be seeing any play time as long as Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg is on the team who happens to be the arguably best midlaner in NA. This way he can get some recognition and experience, and it gives Bjergsen a break for a game or two.
Secondly, Clutch Gaming should rip it all down and start all over again. If Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten stays with Clutch, they should build a seriously aggressive team around his solidarity in the midlane. They can keep Colin “Solo” Earnest, but they really should get rid of most of their previous roster. The fact that the trio from Team NV from pre-franchising are still on the team baffles me. NV was constantly in last place while Clutch finished the summer split in ninth. Something is wrong with the team and it points to one common source, the trio from NV. They are simply sub-par to the current talent level of the NA LCS.
In 2018, Counter Logic Gaming fell to the lowest average rank that they had ever been in. That was partially due to the seeming lack of direction on how to play the game. The CLG team should work. What the team lacks in mechanics, they use to make up for in planning and execution. However, with the loss of Tony “Zikz” Gray and the new acquisition of Weldon Green, that planning likely will go by the wayside. New help coach Weldon Green will assist the CLG players in the mental aspect of the game. He will also teach the players to be responsible and aware of their actions. I want to see Coach Green bring his trademark mental strength and resiliency training into CLG and make sure they come into 2019 stronger than before.
Team Liquid is without a doubt the strongest team in the North American region. This of course is against the other North American teams where they have perfected a style to beat them. We’d want to see Team Liquid change things up. Team Liquid needs to figure out a way to play if their star AD Carry Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng gets behind. This will not only help build their team as a regional powerhouse, but also bolster their playbook for international teams in 2019.14
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