The off-season has been turbulent to say the least in the NA League of Legends scene. Renegades and Team Impulse both received bans in the wake of misconduct scandals, as well as three new teams forming, and many other teams receiving major changes in line-ups. Team Solomid With Yellowstar moving back to Fnatic TSM CEO, Reginald had an important decision to make. To bring in a big name, an established professional, or try their luck by bringing in a rookie player as they have done in the past? TSM have historically had success in raising rookie players into the pro scene, as they have done with players such as Santorin and Bjergsen in seasons past. They now hope to continue this legacy with their new support, Biofrost. Biofrost has played in several challenger teams in the past, but this will be his first split of LCS. There are also unconfirmed rumours that Liquid jungler Dardoch could be joining TSM in the wake of his suspension from TL due to insubordination. Cloud 9 The team that’s perhaps receiving the most changes is Cloud 9. Balls, Rush and Hai have stepped down from the main roster to join Cloud 9’s challenger squad. Hai will be returning to the midlane after a year of filling support and jungle roles, whilst Balls and Rush will reprise their roles in Top and Jugle respectively. The reason Rush has moved down to challenger is so that the orginisation does not violate the “two imported players per squad” rule – the other two imports being midlaner Jensen and new toplaner Impact. Anyone familiar with competitive League of Legends will know Impact as a former member of SKT T1’s Worlds 2013 winning squad, as well as a staple of the NA LCS for the past two years. Impact has played on a multitude of NA teams and is widely considered to be one of the region’s best toplaners. Returning to the jungle after a break from competitive play is fan favourite Meteos. Meteos has been a member of Cloud 9 since it’s inception and earned a list of accolades in his time as jungler, such as the highest regular season KDA of any player in NA LCS history (12.7). He has also earned nicknames such as “Unkillable”, “The KDA King”, and of course “Memeos”. Although Meteos hasn’t played in an LCS team, Meteos did make an appearance in the 2015 All-Stars event where he helped “Team Fire” reach a first place finish. Returning to the botlane is Sneaky, and last split’s substitute support player, BunnyFuFu. Bunny only played two games last split – both of which went down as losses – but he has spent the last few months learning shotcalling and leadership from former captain Hai, and will surely come into the 2016 summer with something to prove. He is a mechanically gifted player and never passes up a chance to play in his favourite champion, Thresh. NRG esports During the off-season, NRG parted ways with four of their five players, with only Korean midlaner GBM remaining on the roster. However, from the ashes, a new team has risen – albeit a team of misfit players with a wealth of experience. In the toplane we have former Liquid player Quas. Quas is a diverse player who has been on the scene for many years and left TL about a year ago for personal reasons. Quas hopes that he can establish himself once more in his new home at NRG. Former TSM jungler Santorin joins as NRG’s jungler. Once staring as 2015 Spring’s “Rookie of the split”, Santorin’s career took a nosedive after a poor performance at the 2015 Worlds, which resulted in him getting dropped from the squad. Since then he has played for various challenger teams. During the end of his TSM career he was criticised for his predictable map movements and low strategic diversity, a problem which he will have no doubt worked on during his time off. Rounding out the botlane there’s former Dignitas man Kiwikid and Korean AD Carry Ohq. Kiwikid is one of the NA LCS’s longest standing residents, known for his Alistar and over-aggression. Ohq has played on a number of small Challenger teams in Korea and NA. Interestingly, one of his biggest career accolades is finishing second place in the Korean 2015 1-v-1 tournament, losing in the final to NRG midlaner GBM. Apex Apex gaming have announced a massive ten man rotating roster. As expected, a huge roster like this is packed full of highs and lows. Highlights include former Gravity midlaner Keane, who will be sharing the midlane with Shiphtur. Keane is a Korean player known for his unconventional champion pool as well as his control mage play. He was responsible for popularising Urgot mid last season, and has also brought Jarvan and Malphite into the midlane. Shiphtur has always been the bright spark on a struggling team and hopefully Apex will give him the chance to finally reach his potential. European legend Diamondprox will be sharing the jungle role with Shrimp. Diamond is a former member of the famous season two squad Moscow 5, and was at one point considered the best jungler in the world. After the disbanding of Gambit, Diamond was released, and this will be his first pro team since his brief stint on Europe’s UoL. Ever the innovator and never afraid to bring out something new, it will be a pleasure to see Diamond back on the rift again.