League of Legends roundtable — Big moves, risky signings and a 2020 lookahead


This year’s League of Legends free agency started off Monday with a whole host of Wolf Bombs, with phrases like “TSM Kobbe” and “Immortals Xmithie” becoming a reality. As the dust settles, who’s come out on top? We’ve got Jacob Wolf, Emily Rand, Tyler Erzberger and Arda Ocal to give their takes on the burning questions after Day 1 of the free agency period.

Who was the biggest signing?

Jacob Wolf: Former Team Liquid jungler Jake “Xmithie” Puchero was the most sought-after free agent in the North American offseason, and his deal with Immortals was the most surprising of the Day 1 moves. Among teams with interest in Xmithie there was Liquid — who offered a renewal deal for him to split time with Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen, sources told me — as well as Team SoloMid, Dignitas and others. TSM seemed like the obvious option, but his former team, Immortals, made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.

Emily Rand: The largest signing by far was Xmithie. We were waiting for that name to drop for a reason: He was the cornerstone of many free agency discussions. Xmithie has proven to be the most stable and consistent jungler in North America, and Immortals have a solid foundation to build their lineup around in their return to the LCS.

Tyler Erzberger: I have to go with Broxah heading over to Team Liquid. It remains to be seen if the move will be more TL bringing in Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen and Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in last year or TSM’s failed gambit of signing decorated European bottom lane of Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen and Alfonso “mithy” Aguirre Rodriguez, but Broxah’s move to Liquid is a transfer that we’ll look back at the end of 2020 that defined the year in North America. Either TL will continue their domestic dominance and possibly pull off an unprecedented six-peat, or, like when TSM tried to trade in domestic titles for international results with Zven and mithy, will see their gamble come back to bite them.

Arda Ocal: The entire free agency show we were waiting for news on Xmithie (of course it dropped 20 minutes after we went off the air), who we thought was going to lead the way for all other deals at the jungler position. Instead, we got Broxah to Team Liquid first, and that completely caught us off guard — not the signing itself, but the fact that it happened before we heard about Xmithie. Big moment for sure.

Which team is going to be the strongest going into 2020?

Wolf: Origen made a big splash on Monday with the signings of Andrei “Xerxe” Dragomi, Elias “Upset” Lipp and Mitchell “Destiny” Shaw, but I have to tip my hat to Team Liquid. Losing Xmithie is a big deal, but the acquisition of Broxah makes for a great replacement. Team Liquid now have a chance to get better than last year — after becoming the greatest North American team of all time but failing to find success at worlds.

Rand: I think the answer without a doubt is the new Origen lineup. Xerxe was my pick for one of the strongest free agents out there, and the addition of Xerxe and bot laner Upset makes this team remarkably strong on paper. The pickup of Oceanic support Destiny is surprising, but with Xerxe, Upset and two powerhouse carries in top laner Barney “Alphari” Morris and mid laner Erlend “Nukeduck” Våtevik Holm, this Origen roster is looking to contest G2 Esports for the LEC title.





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