Despite several years in the then-EU League of Legends Championship Series and a proven record for making playoffs, the 2019 Spring Split will be difficult for Splyce. The team had to hastily rebuild their roster and competition for playoff spots will be fierce – but they might just make it.
The team’s striking yellow and black viper logo has been a part of the LCS since late 2015. It was then they acquired the recently qualified roster of Team Dignitas EU under the rules forbidding the same organization to have two teams in the pro leagues, even if it is in different regions. Ironically, while Dignitas chose to sell their roster and LCS spot in Europe, it would be the European team that performed much better. They were routinely making playoffs and even went to Worlds in 2016. After reportedly making it in the LEC in the last minute, Splyce were left in a precarious position, having lost a large part of their 2018 roster and having to rebuild the team.
Here is what the roster looks like for the 2019 Spring Split:
- Top laner: Tamás “Vizicsacsi” Kiss
- Jungler: Andrei “Xerxe” Dragomir
- Mid laner: Marek “Humanoid” Brázda
- Bot laner: Kasper “Kobbe” Kobberup
- Support: Tore “Norskeren” Hoel Eilertsen
- Head Coach: Peter Dun
As noted, expectations were that Splyce would not be accepted in the LEC, and the team did not renew the contracts of most of their 2018 players. This led to having to rebuild the squad. Out of the 2018 roster, Splyce retained jungler Xerxe and Kobbe. In the top lane, Vizicsacsi comes from FC Schalke 04. The two teams essentially traded players, with the German organization taking former Splyce player Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu. Splyce also parted ways with mid laner Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer, who left for the LCS to play for Cloud9, and picked up former Illuminar Gaming player Humanoid, who is seen as one of the best regional-level pros. In the support position, Norskeren replaces British veteran player Raymond “kaSing” Tsang, who left for exceL Esports.
With these players, Splyce are likely to be around the middle of the table, but they might struggle to make the playoff. Norskeren had looked like one of the stronger players on his former team, and Humanoid has shown good signs from his regional teams and the Turkish Champions League. In the other lanes, Splyce look good, but not stellar. Vizicsacsi has generally been a good top laner throughout his career, but he did not impress last year. Xerxe can be very scary when his team is leading, but there have been some issues with how deep his effective champion pool is and how well he can lead the game from behind. Kobbe has been a good, if not overly flashy, AD carry.
Overall, it looks to be a solid, mid-tier team, not having the greatest talents but with sound preparation. Last year, the organization managed to get good results, all things considered. They took the third place in spring and made the playoffs in summer, so in the mid-term, they look good. The reason why we are placing them so far back in the table is that Splyce will need time to hit their stride. They are also unlikely to be able to just brute-force their way to the top based on raw talent. In addition, the talent pool in the LEC looks to be more evenly distributed. If everything – or mostly everything – works out, Splyce could well be in the playoffs, but for now, we’d put them narrowly in seventh place. Keep an eye on this team, however – they can be a serious dark horse.
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