I started this article last year, loved it, and could not wait to continue it in 2018. If anyone was wondering how the idea came to mind, I was huge into fantasy sports since 2007.
This week in esports, there was a lot of anticipation for various events and the amount of hype flowing throughout was contagious.
#4 Counter Logic Gaming
New players, new jerseys, and new management. CLG revamped their organization for the new LCS. With that said, they are poised for victory. Historically, CLG was known for developing homegrown talent. Last year, we saw Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes flourished in the AD Carry position and hanging with the best in the position. After Jake “Xmithie” Puchero departed from CLG in the midseason, Omar “OmarGod” Amin replaced him with hopes of helping CLG to a Summer Split championship. After CLG failed to qualify for Worlds, they had to get better.
It is time to fly high (not Hai) for FlyQuest. Last year, FlyQuest signed 3 of the old Cloud9 players and got to the Spring Playoffs. In effect, they qualified for the regional playoffs where they came close to qualifying for Worlds.
In order to improve, they released the roster minus Jason “WildTurtle” Tran and signed former Immortals players — Lee “Flame” Ho-jong, Andy “AnDa” Hoang, and William “Stunt” Chen. Last year there were internal issues where FlyQuest had no support staff.
#10 OpTic Gaming
A new challenger approaches in the NA LCS with OpTic Gaming. Even though OPT is new to the NA LCS, its players are not rookies. This team consists of an experienced mid laner from the EU LCS, an up and coming jungler, a veteran support, and a top laner and AD Carry who are familiar with each other.
Its staff, however, is relatively new to the NA LCS. Their general manager, Romain, found success with Unicorns of Love in the EU LCS. You may remember him parading around during games without a shirt cheering enthusiastically for UOL. Perhaps, he will bring the same hype and get the fans and players riled up during OpTic’s games.