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7 NA/EU players to watch in this summer's LCS split

It has been a hot summer for League of Legends. After an exciting end to the spring split, several teams in both North America and Europe announced big shifts to their rosters. 

The leaderboards reveal just how far the aftershocks of those team shuffles will be felt, with new faces and old veterans alike delivering strong performances out on the Rift.  

Here are the top players to watch from NA and EU for the remainder of the summer split.  

Team SoloMid is unstoppable this split for NA. The members have all been putting out excellent individual performances, particularly out of the bottom lane with Doublelift on AD carry and newcomer Biofrost at support. 

But the mid-lane is where TSM continues to shine with Bjergsen. He’s been a monster on Azir and crushed it with Zilean, making a case that he’s still one of the top mid-laners in North America, if not the world.  

The prodigal support player has returned! After a stint playing in North America, Yellowstar is back home with EU’s Fnatic. He’s a long-time League player with many years of experience and multiple world championships under his belt. That guidance has been serving the organization well thus far, with Fnatic vying with G2 for the top spot in the standings for most of the summer. 

Sometimes his play falls short of the current meta shifts, but there’s little question that he would be the one who could rally Fnatic’s members when the chips are down. 

Immortals may not be matching their undefeated spring split run, but the team is still turning in dominant performances against just about everybody else in North America. Pobelter's clutch mid lane play has been a big factor in getting those wins. 

He has made smart plays in critical moments, and showed serious improvements over his already strong spring performance. The meta is shifting to a mid-lane focus, and Pobelter is proving that he can not just hold his own in that position, but run clinics for aspiring players.

In the spring, G2 was a group of scrappy upstarts who defied expectations and took the EU crown. But after a disappointing MSI showing, the once rag-tag team is back for the summer with a massive roster shake-up.

 The new bottom lane – Zven and Mithy, formerly of Origen – are a known quantity, but the new top laner is still a bit of a mystery. Expect didn’t officially become a starter until week 3, and while he seems talented, he’s not consistently in sync with his teammates. If G2 wants a repeat performance from spring, Expect will be the one to watch. 

Elements was a peculiar team in the spring, with some moments of brilliance coupled by just as many instances of poor choices. They’re back this summer with a new team name and a new face in the mid-lane. But the heart of FC Schalke 04 is still in its top-laner, the ever-chipper Steve. 

Who else gets such an impassioned crowd response every time he’s on screen? Aside from his happy personality, Steve has been stepping up his work in-game this summer, with good play-making and split-pushing in some difficult matches. With several teams jockeying for position in the No. 3-6 spots halfway through the summer, Steve will need to keep delivering to get Schalke into the playoffs.  

Team Liquid had a rough start to the split. Once the final roster settled in, though, Liquid quickly started snowballing wins. The returning players are still turning in excellent games, which means all eyes are on the new guy. 

Fabbbyyy is the third player to come up to the big leagues from Team Liquid Academy, along with Dardoch and Matt. In his AD carry position, Fabbbyyy has been taking advantage of all the setups from his fellow TLA crew and scoring impressive skill shots. If he keeps up the good work under pressure, Liquid will be in good shape to match or exceed its spring performance. 

Like Elements/Schalke, Splyce has been on the bubble since the start of the year. So far, the team’s summer performance has been positive, particularly with the impact of new support member Mikyx. But the core of Splyce lies with Trashy in the jungle. 

He has a high kill participation, one of the best in the EU, and is able to funnel lots of resources to his teammates. When he’s on point, Splyce can hold their own against the other mid-tier teams and is making its case as a serious playoff contender.  

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