After quite a while of pure uncertainty around the organization’s next steps, Team Vitality has at long last published their new LEC roster going into the 2023 LEC season.
As predicted thanks to a plethora of offseason leaks and rumors, Team Vitality’s new League of Legends lineup was built around their superstar player from the 2022 LEC season: Luka “Perkz” Perković. The remaining 4 players include 3 brand new signings to the organization and 1 player who has not been able to showcase his true talent in the LEC, these players are: Matúš “Neon” Jakubčík, Norman “Kaiser” Kaiser, Kyeong “Photon” Gyu-tae, and Zhou “Bo” Yang-Bo.
Three of these players watched with anxiety their contracts run off this year, and all 3 of them were already rumored to be in talks with Team Vitality’s back office. Zhou “Bo” Yang-Bo has a different story, he signed with Vitality as an active substitute back in June of 2022 and has now been at last promoted to the main jungler spot for the team. He previously played for a resurgent FunPlus Phoenix squad and eStar Young. It is important to showcase just how good he is mechanically, he simply rushed to rank 1 in the Challenger EU West ladder without any sort of trouble. However, we will need to see if his solo queue aggression can transform into a competitive environment such as the LEC.
Bo isn’t the only player from the outer seas on Vitality’s 2023 squad. Photon signed with the squad after a 1 year playing period with T1 Challengers, while also previously playing with the academy of Liiv SANDBOX and Gen.G. A young and confident player that should definitely have the hunger to finally play in the top flight of League of Legends.
Both of the European players coming into Vitality are Neon and Kaiser. The former was without a team after Misfits decided to no longer participate in the LEC in 2023. The latter represented the MAD Lions’ brand for the last couple of years, managing to grab 2 LEC championships in that time frame. He later cut ties with MAD Lions back in November even after technically having 1 year left on his contract, with his replacement on the Spanish side being another experienced European support in Hylissang.
As a whole Vitality has focused on younger hungry imports for this season, however with 2 experienced players in Perkz and Kaiser to guide them through the LEC. Time will tell if the language barrier will be a problem once the season starts.
The LEC is set to start on January 21st with the 2023 Winter Split competition, which was published on November 18th alongside other smaller format changes.
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