During this past offseason, the North American League of Legends scene received one of the biggest influxes of international talent across the world. With 12 new imports making their way to the League Championship Series (LCS) and multiple other big-name players finding new homes, 2022 is shaping up to be one of the most exciting years in the region’s history.
The LCS is used to seeing star players enter its ranks from across the globe, but the level of talent acquired for 2022 is impressive. From European superstars to promising young Korean and Chinese prospects, the LCS has opened its door to a diverse cast of new players that could build a legacy with their respective organizations.
There will be a handful of players whose spotlight will be burning much brighter than others, however. With so many imports joining the league, NA’s own resident players—veteran superstars and young prospects alike—will need to step up even more to avoid being overshadowed by the new blood joining their ranks. As a result, the race is on for these players to stand tall at the peak of the mountain once the Lock In begins Jan. 14.
Team Liquid’s Bjergsen, Evil Geniuses’ Jojopyun,100 Thieves’ Tenacity and TSM Spica.
As mentioned before, the departure of Bjergsen sent shockwaves across the NA League community. After a tumultuous year and offseason period, the reigning LCS MVP and superstar jungler Spica now finds himself at the forefront of this organization’s next rebuild as the face of the franchise.
The team has been thrown into a new era—whether it was by choice or forcefully—and with Spica remaining as the longest tenured member of the roster, it’ll be on him to help lead a team where multiple members have only started to stretch their wings out.