4th – Globant Emerald
- Damian “Nate” Rea
- Fabian “Warangelus” Llanos
- Joaquin “Plugo” Perez
- Matias “WhiteLotus” Musso
- Leandro “Newbie” Marcos
Veterancy, that’s the best word to describe this new roster. Globant was one of the two new teams that won the LLA promotion tournament, the other one was Team Aze. The thing is that these two teams got opposite results in the spring season. On one hand, Aze won their first split in the league, and on the other, Globant tied for last place with All Knights. Now for this upcoming summer split, Globant will try a new approach.
The organization kept Nate, Plugo, and Warangelus on their roster, but they brought in WhiteLotus and Newbie, which might be arguably the strongest bot lane in the tournament. A lot of lol betting experts disagree with Globant’s approach this summer split, saying that this roster is made up of “washed up” players, but in reality, all of them, maybe except for the top laner, are among the best in their position.
I think that Globant has a huge potential with this roster because every single one of their players (except for Nate) has won an LLA title in the past. Both Warangelus and WhiteLotus have been regarded as the best ADCs in the entire region, and now, Warangelus will try to claim the title of best jungler in the league. The only thing that worries me about this roster is that they might be complacent early on in the split, but other than that, I see them getting at least a top-4 finish.
3rd – Team Aze
- Han “Lonely” Gyu-joon
- Dimitry “Dimitry” Hernandez
- Tomad “Aloned” Diaz
- Park “5kid” Jeong-hyeon
- Roberto “Straight” Guallichico
I might be wrong about this, but I think that their placement will fully depend on how much they learned from their 2022 MSI run. The biggest problem for Aze is that they didn’t make any roster changes while teams like Estral and Rainbow7 brought heavy reinforcements. It’s safe to say that Aloned is the weakest player in Aze’s lineup, and I don’t see him standing a chance against the likes of Ophelia and Mireu.
If teams like Rainbow7 and Estral Esports find their groove early on in the split, I don’t think that Lonely and 5kid are going to be able to carry the rest of the team. During the spring split, Straight didn’t show enough improvement and his performance at the 2022 MSI made this even more clear.
In the end, I think that their biggest mistake was keeping Aloned in the roster. But maybe, and just maybe, the coaching staff might be able to pull off a miracle and transform Aloned into the player they need him to be. The best thing that Aze got going for them is that 5kid is more motivated than ever because he wants to prove the rest of the world that he is an ADC worthy of playing in the LCK.
2nd – Estral Esports
- Emmanuel “Acce” Juarez
- Lee “Bugi” Seong-yeop
- Jeong “Mir” Jo-bin
- Diego “Lyg” Ulloa
- Facundo “Shadow” Cuello
- Emanuel “Fatorix” Mendez
There are two things that need to be mentioned before anything else, the first one is that Mir is Mireu, the ex-T1 Challengers mid laner, he just changed his name. The other thing is that I firmly believe that Fatorix will end up being the main ADC, not Lyg, although this might not happen until we are a couple of weeks into the split. This is because I think that Fatorix is one of the most undervalued players in the entirety of the LLA. During his short stint with KLG back in 2021, he proved to be an exceptional player and it was impressive to see considering that he was playing on a very shaky roster.
Shadow and Bugi are the other two new additions to the roster, and it’s safe to say that they’ll be able to perform up to the expectations, Both already have demonstrated that they are amongst the best in their roles, and I think that Fatorix-Shadow can be a deadly bot lane, although they clearly won’t be on the same level as Bvoy-Mia.
I think that Estral looks much stronger than Aze, and keeping Acce on the roster was the right decision. He’s by far the most solid top laner out there as he is able to play any kind of champion, and most of the time he can find success without needing a big amount of resources funneled into him. Acce has been constantly scrutinized for preferring to play tank champions, but in reality, that’s exactly what Estral has needed, and now it’s going to be even better for him as Bugi and Mireu will function as exceptional carrys.
1st – Rainbow7
- Kim “SoHwan” Jun-yeong
- Sebastian “Oddie” Niño
- Baek “Ophelia” Jin-seong
- Lorenzo “CEO” Tevez
- Eduardo “Slow” Garcés
This shouldn’t be a surprise at all, Rainbow7 was by far the most consistent team during the regular season, where they only dropped one game and it was against XTEN, a team that was considered a wildcard to confront. Unfortunately for R7, something happened in the playoffs that made them perform in a completely different way compared to the regular season. They basically played to lose as we didn’t see any sort of proactivity from Oddie and Slow, which was the complete opposite of their regular playstyle.
Rainbow7 dropped their mid laner Cepted, and in any other situation it would’ve been considered a bad move, but not in this one. The Mexican rainbow decided to bring Ophelia all the way from the GenG organization after they saw him play against the likes of Showmaker and showed a pristine understanding of his role. Ophelia could be considered a rookie, but he definitely didn’t play like one.
He played against Showmaker 3 games in a row, and he ended up outperforming him in 2 of those games against the lol odds. I think that Ophelia is going to completely dismantle every single mid laner in the LLA, except for maybe Mireu.
Another thing to take into consideration is that Bvoy and Mia are no longer playing in the LLA, and they were the strongest bot lane by far. Now I think that if Ceo and Slow end up performing like they did last split, they’ll be able to overcome Globant’s bot lane, which I consider is the strongest contender for best bot lane in the league.
Rainbow7 built a roster to completely dominate their domestic league, and I think that this time they won’t fumble during the later stages of the split. It might be easy to forget what they did earlier on in the spring split, but it’s clear that Rainbow7 was the best team for the most part of the split, and if they are able to fix the mistakes that caused them underperform in the playoffs, they are on the right track to obliterate the competition.