This LEC off-season has been a bit dull when compared to other regions when it comes to roster changes. Over in North America, we saw Cloud9 completely revamp their roster after a failed experiment. In Latin America, the 2020 Spring Split Champions All Knights announced a completely new roster after a disappointing 7th-place finish.
Today we’ll go over the most exciting roster change this LEC off-season has seen so far. A few days ago we talked about Xerxe and Vizicsacsi joining Astralis, but that’s nothing compared to what’s coming next.
After 1 split of inactivity, Nisqy leaves Fnatic and joins Mad Lions
Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer’s career is quite an interesting one. While he hasn’t managed to win an LEC title, he is one of the few European players that has championed in the North American LCS. He achieved this with Cloud9 back in the 2020 Spring Split, and that was one of the best splits Cloud9 has ever had in the history of the organization.
After his run with Cloud9, Nisqy decided to return to his home back in Europe and join Fnatic. In 2021, Fnatic found mixed success with Nisqy as they had a poor performance in the spring split. Heading into the summer split, not many people had high expectations of Fnatic because of their recent results.
During the 2021 Summer Regular Season, Fnatic had a mediocre performance where they finished 5th place. But they managed to qualify for the 2021 World Championship as they reached the grand finals but ultimately lost 3-1 against Mad Lions. Fnatic had a very disappointing worlds run where they only picked up 1 win in the entire tournament.
Now Nisqy will try to prove that Fnatic made a mistake benching him. He joins the 2022 LEC Spring Split 7th-place team Mad Lions, hoping to perform well enough to carry his team into playoffs.
2017 World Champion Haru joins Vitality
This is just a rumor, but if it turns out to be true then it might be one of the most unexpected signings in this off-season, not only in Europe but in the whole world. Kang “Haru” Min-seung was last seen playing at the European Masters with NLC team X7 Esports, where they got knocked out in the quarterfinals by finalists LDLC.
It’s very strange to see Vitality go from a jungler like Selfmade, who has been performing really well throughout his career, to someone like Haru who hasn’t played in a major region since 2020. Although it’s safe to say that he was the best player in X7 Esports by far.
In 2021, he had a short run with LLA’s KLG, but that team was a sinking boat and Haru was unable to save them from relegation. Seeing Haru play in the LEC might be a good thing for everybody, after all, he is definitely not a bad player.
The only question that remains unanswered is if he really was the best option for Team Vitality. Let’s remember that they had built a “superteam” for the 2022 Spring Split, so it’s clear that a 5th-place finish is a failure for them. Haru might be the final piece this superteam needed for them to win their first LEC title.