LPL Free Agency Breakdown – 2021/22 LPL Roster Updates
To round off our roster tracker and our updates in the off-season, we have the LPL with another explosive transfer window. A lot of teams still hold the cards close to their chests, but from what we’ve seen so far, we’re facing a frantic off-season reorganization of the squads.
LPL off-season squad changes 2021
Many players became free agents at the end of the season and thus spiced up the strongest league in LoL Esports. Here are all of the major LPL squad transfers for this off-season. Let’s go over the top transfers that spice up this off-season.
Doinb, LvMao on LNG
After a disappointing run at the 2021 World Cup, Kim “Doinb” Tae-sang FunPlus left Phoenix. The mid-laner has played for the organization for the past three years and won the 2019 World Cup with the team. Doinb received the LPL residence in 2019 after playing in the league for five years, so his value skyrocketed since it would not count as an import.
Doinb will join LNG Esports for 2022, along with former JDG backer LvMao. The organization is putting together a really strong team as the Korean compatriot Tarzan will stay on the team as a jungler. Not only he, but also Top-Laner Ale made a name for itself at the recent LPL All-Star Event. LNG has created a very impressive lineup so it will be interesting to see how the team will fare in 2022.
The legendary mid-top duo has been playing together at Invictus Gaming since 2017. Her insane individual talent led her to a World Cup victory in 2018 and defeated Fnatic 3-0 in the world final. However, the team was unable to defend the title a year later and did not make it to the World Cup in 2020 and 2021.
Both Rookie and TheShy became free agents very late in the off-season, as most of the teams had already confirmed their roster. As a result, Rookie is still FA while TheShy has been able to switch to Weibo Gaming, formerly known as Suning. He will replace Bin in the top lane as the rest of the line-up will be taken over. After reaching the world finals in 2020, the organization had a bad summer split in 2021.
After TheShy and most recently SwordArt have been announced to the team, Weibo Gaming will at least try to fight more in the playoffs.
Uzi would like to return to professional sport and should join the BLG
One of the greatest players of all time and arguably the best ADC in League of Legends history wants to be competitive again … Rumor has it that Uzi is playing for BLG as the organization has a very exciting squad for 2022 has not yet been confirmed, rumors speak of a line-up with the former TES mid-laner Knight, the former FPX jungler Tian and Support Crisp. If the squad is actually banned, BLG will have a very intimidating team. It may not be fighting for the top of the table straight away, but it’s definitely a playoff-level squad.
Nuguri is planning a sabbatical
According to sources close to Korizon Esports, Korean top laner Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon will take a break from the competitive league in 2022. Despite offers from some LCK teams, including T1 and DAMWON Kia, Nuguri will be taking a sabbatical year.
Nuguri’s decision could likely be due to the disappointing run of the 2021 World Cup with FPX as the team was eliminated in the group stage. Coupled with Nuguri’s past health issues, the top Korean laner wants to recover both physically and mentally for a comeback in the near future. Despite the hiatus, Nuguri will still remain a highly competitive target and will likely receive offers if he is looking to return to professional sports next year.
The LPL off-season is not over yet: a lot of announcements are pending and who knows what surprises we might get … Anyway, the LPL looks very competitive again as the LPL Spring Split will start in January. (not a confirmed date, but it should be around early January)
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