The League of Legends Championship Series will see both new and familiar faces when the nine-week spring split kicks off on Jan. 26. While many of the players will seek redemption from previous years, others will look to etch their names into the league’s history books as they join the North American region for the upcoming season.
Here are five players to watch during the 2019 League of Legends Championship Series spring split.
5. Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage
As one of the longest tenured teams in the North American region, Counter Logic Gaming found themselves at the bottom half of the region's standings in 2018. The team has since welcomed German mid laner Tristan "PowerOfEvil" Schrage, who previously showcased his dominance in the European region. PowerOfEvil failed to transfer those skills over to the NA LCS for his debut year on OpTic Gaming but will now seek to redeem himself and his new team going into the 2019 season.
4. Henrik “Froggen” Hansen
Golden Guardians ended both the 2018 spring and summer splits in last place. The team has since picked up major improvements in three roles, with Henrik “Froggen” Hansen taking over the position of mid lane. Froggen has consistently reached the highest ranks of competitive play, but many question his ability to play at the professional level due to his lack of success in the North American region. With his new team, the Danish mid laner now has his chance to prove his critics wrong in the spring split.
3. Bae “Bang” Jun-sik
100 Thieves entered their debut year last season with a bang after they became one of the most anticipated of the league’s newer franchises. However, as the year progressed, the team slowly lost steam over the course of the season, qualifying for Worlds based on its spring split but showcasing a lackluster performance during the group stage. 100 Thieves now looks to make their return this season with a different type of bang, picking up former world champion Bae "Bang" Jun-sik in the role of AD carry.
2. Yasin "Nisqy" Dinçer
Cloud9 lost its star mid laner Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen after the Danish mid laner moved to Team Liquid during the off-season. The 2018 World Championship semifinalist team has since welcomed former Splyce mid laner Yasin "Nisqy" Dinçer to its lineup, but the player will have big shoes to fill if the team is to make it to the international stage once again in 2019.
1. Sergen "Broken Blade" Çelik
Team SoloMid failed to qualify for a World Championship for the first time in the organization’s history in 2018. During the off-season, the team released its tenured top laner and signed Sergen "Broken Blade" Çelik in his place. Broken Blade will enter his first year in the LCS after competing in the Turkish region, and while he’s known as a mechanically gifted player, it’s still yet to be seen if he can transition those skills to the North American region.