Many players announce agency as the LoL transfer period opens
The period after Worlds is traditionally the most active one for transfers and new signings. The new franchising model in the EU LCS has certainly heated things up. Rumors of five new teams making the scene mean that we can expect to see a lot of moves as new teams are looking for rosters and a lot of players will be looking for new teams to stay in the LCS.
Indeed, the last few days have not been short on such announcements from Europe, other regions have provided a few big surprises as well.
Expectedly, all five members of Unicorns of Love have confirmed they are open to offers from the last few days: midlaner Fabian “Exileh” Schubert, jungler Jonas “Kold” Andersen, toplaner Matti “WhiteKnight” Sormunen, AD Carry Samuel “Samux” Fernández Fort and support Eun “Totoro” Jong-seop. Finally, Giants Gaming, which announced that they will not be part of the 2019 LCS early in October, has released coach Ramón “Naruterador” Meseguer Fructuoso. Splyce, another team that is not expected to remain in the EU LCS, has given permission to Nisqy to look for other options on November 6, after support KaSing announced that roughly a year ago. Surprisingly, despite being expected to remain in the league, Misfits Gaming appears to be planning a significant reshuffle of their roster, with Obsess, Maxlore, Alphari and MikyX all receiving the permission to look for new teams. Finally, former G2 toplaner Ki “Expect” Dae-han, who had joined Fnatic as a substitute in August, has left the team as well, possibly indicating that Fnatic may attempt to keep both their toplaners Paul “sOAZ” Boyer and Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau.
Meanwhile, over in North America, 100Thieves appears to be planning something as well, as recently three members have announced they are open to new options as well: Academy jungler Đỗ “Levi” Duy Khánh, formerly of the Gigabyte Marines, as well as AD Carries Cody “Cody Sun” Sun and Richard “Rikara” Samuel Oh. Finally, Topsports Gaming has parted ways with Jang “MaRin” Gyeong-hwan, former SKT toplaner and world champion. The team had been third in the West Conference, but lost to future champion Royal Never Give Up in the second round of playoffs. MaRin last played for Topsports in June; so far, there is no news about if, and where, the 27-year-old veteran will play next.