The KeSPA Cup will start tomorrow and the teams have officially announced their rosters. T1 and Gen.G decided to compete with their academy rosters, so young Korean talents will be able to compete against the best players in the region with this move. Despite these two teams, all the others are going to participate with their main rosters.
The Afreeca Freecs did not make any moves on the upper side of the Rift, but signing Bang and Lehends to the bottom side is actually HUGE. Former World Champion Bang is back and Griffin’s talented player Lehends will accompany him at the bot lane.
Latest World Champion DAMWON Gaming managed to renew almost all of its players except Nuguri, who decided to join LPL giant FunPlus Phoenix, and in exchange, DAMWON Gaming signed Khan.
DRX added two talented youngsters to the Korean player pool with Pyosik and Keria last year. Pyosik and Keria played alongside Deft and Chovy and learned a lot. After the disbansion of the roster, Pyosik was the only name who remained with the organization. All the other names are either new in the scene, joined from another team or are the academy players DRX already had.
LCK’s new member Fredit Brion did not really put big names together while forming the roster. Most of the players that were announced on the roster are barely known in the scene and young. These youngsters will try proving their names before the start of LCK.
Gen.G will be participating in the tournament with the academy roster. This means we won’t be able to see Clid, Bdd or Ruler play before the start of the LCK. In Korea, teams develop well from within, which means we might see some future LCK superstars in this seven-player roster.
Hanwha Life Esports formed a champion contender roster. Morgan, Chovy and Deft look like the main pieces for the team and we will happily watch how they perform together.
KT Rolster’s 10-man squad looks challenging. Except for Doran, HyBriD and Ucal, the other two players might get benched, because the skill gap between them and the substitutes looks a little low.
If you are asking yourself, “Where the hell did this team come from,” Liiv SANDBOX used to be known under the name of SANDBOX Gaming. The roster looks like a serious competitor for the trophy. Liiv Sandbox did a good job adding Effort to replace retired ex-support GorillA.
Nongshim Red Force (a.k.a. Team Dynamics) signed Peanut from LGD Gaming during the offseason. This move made the team look good on paper to be honest. Ex-Heroes of The Storm legend Rich looks solid on the top side. On the other hand, Peanut and Bay’s harmony would be the most important point on the roster’s future success.
T1 will also participate in the KeSPA Cup with the academy roster just like Gen.G. Unlike Gen.G’s academy, T1 signed pretty experienced players such as Asper, Hoit and Mowgli, as well as adding substitute top laner Roach.