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Vitality to shake things up in the bot lane after rumored transfers

Team Vitality is reportedly making a trade at the support position, signing MAD Lions’ veteran League of Legends supports Kaiser for the 2023 season, according to a report from Marián Stoica. At the same time, reporting the team’s 2022 active support, Labrov would be joining Team BDS.

Kaiser has spent the entirety of his LEC competitive tenure with MAD Lions, joining the team before the start of the 2020 season. Kaiser helped the team qualify for the League of Legends World Championship on 3 occasions. MAD Lions was knocked out of the event in the play stage in 2020 and 2022, but managed to achieve the coveted top 8 at Worlds in 2021.

Vitality logo created by organization
Vitality logo created by organization

That season, MAD Lions found their mojo both locally and internationally. The team won both Spring and Summer splits in the LEC, becoming the first team outside of G2 Esports and Fnatic to ever win the modern era of the league.

This time around, Vitality struggled to meet their high expectations as the LEC’s “super team”. After being blessed by viewers and analysts around the globe as the best West side roster, Vitality failed to reach the LEC Summer Split playoffs, and of course, were not able to qualify for the World Championship.

At the same time, apparently, Vitality and MAD Lions reached an agreement to transfer bot laner Carzzy back to his old team.

The 3-year veteran has reached an agreement to play for MAD Lions during the 2023 LEC Spring Split, according to a report from independent League of Legends journalist Brieuc Seeger.

Carzzy played for MAD Lions throughout most of his LEC early career, helping the organization to back-to-back World Championship appearances in 2020 and 2021. After his strong start with the team on both the domestic and international events, Carzzy decided to join Team Vitality at the start of the 2022 season, a “superteam” alongside other Tier 1 players like Alphari and Perkz.

Carzzy had narrowed his 2023 team down to 2 possible options: MAD Lions and Fnatic. In the end, he chose his former team over Fnatic. If Fnatic is reportedly in the market for a new ADC, their staple bot laner Upset could also be on the way out, creating switches across multiple bottom lanes around the LEC ecosystem.

It is important to keep in mind that Carzzy also signed a contract with Vitality that would see him play with them until 2024. So any team interested in picking up his contract would have to do so by either attempting a buyout or trade.

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