Who’re the LCS import gamers in 2023?

In 2023, 9 gamers from outdoors North America are bringing their abilities to the League Championship Sequence. The splashiest worldwide participant signing this 12 months is Hong “Pyosik” Chang-hyeon, who’s becoming a member of Workforce Liquid contemporary off successful the League of Legends World Championship with DRX final 12 months. Workforce Liquid additionally introduced again an import participant who performed in NA final spring, Summit.

Whereas TL’s additions is perhaps acquainted to North American followers, FlyQuest added somebody who would possibly develop into a family identify, Lee “VicLa” Dae-kwang. He is the reigning Rookie of the 12 months from Korea’s LCK. It is not simply Korean gamers coming to NA although. One veteran from Europe and two younger European abilities additionally joined North American groups within the offseason.

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Earlier than the LCS season begins on Jan. 26, this is all the things it is best to find out about all 9 import gamers set to compete in North America this 12 months.

Dimitri “Diplex” Ponomarev

Cloud9

mid laner

This younger 19-year-old mid laner is the one new participant on Cloud9’s roster this 12 months. He replaces veteran Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen who was the group’s mid laner final summer season and on the League of Legends World Championship. Diplex arrives in North America after spending the final two years on Vitality. Bee, Workforce Vitality’s academy group. He had one of the best KDA of any participant final summer season within the LFL, which is the French league that Vitality. Bee competes in. He follows within the footsteps of Loïc “toucouille” Dubois, who equally made the soar from the LFL to the LCS final 12 months.

İrfan Berk “Armut” Tükek

dignified

prime laner

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Armut joins Dignitas after spending the previous two seasons in Europe with MAD Lions. He is initially from the Turkish area the place he performed professionally from 2015 to 2020. Armut has gone to Worlds every of the previous 4 seasons. He is a part of a veteran-laden Dignitas lineup with plenty of Worlds expertise who shall be trying to take this group to Worlds for the primary time since 2012.

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Lee “VicLa” Dae-kwang

FlyQuest

mid laner

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VicLa is perhaps probably the most impactful import participant within the LCS this 12 months. Hailing from South Korea, he was the LCK Rookie of the 12 months in 2022 whereas enjoying for KT Rolster. Signing the reigning Rookie of the 12 months from South Korea, one of the best League of Legends area on the earth, he’s an enormous W for FlyQuest. His most performed champion is Sylas, and he has posted a 5.3 KDA in 15 video games on this champion.

Lee “Prince” Chae-hwan

FlyQuest

AD carry

Not solely did FlyQuest signal the reigning LCK Rookie of the 12 months, the group additionally snagged one other standout LCK participant. Prince was named to the LCS second group final summer season after ending with the third-best KDA within the league, simply behind star gamers Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk and Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon. In an interview with Ashley Kang, Prince revealed that he began enjoying AD carry due to legendary LCS AD carry, Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng. In truth, Prince even teased that he desires to play so effectively towards Doublelift that he makes him retire. FlyQuest performs 100 Thieves and Doublelift for the primary time this 12 months on Jan. 27.

Learn extra: LCS 2023 rookies: Gamers who bought promoted from LCS Academy

Kim “Gori” Tae-woo

Golden Guardians

mid laner

Gori has performed all around the world with some legendary organizations: in Korea (with T1), China (with EDward Gaming and FPX) and Southeast Asia (with PSG Talon). He has principally been a substitute all through his profession, however now, the 22-year-old will attempt to stick round as a starter with Golden Guardians in North America. Amongst gamers within the PCS final summer season who performed at the least 12 video games, Gori was first in XP distinction at 10 minutes and third in gold distinction at 10 minutes.

Kadir “Fleshy” Kemiksiz

Immortals

help

Fleshy is a younger help who involves North America from Turkey. The 22-year-old started his professional profession with NASR Academy at first of the 2022 season and was promoted to NASR’s predominant group in February. He had one of the best KDA of any help in Turkey’s TCL final summer season. His most-picked champion of him has been Nautilus.

Park “Summit” Woo-tae

Workforce Liquid

prime laner

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Not like the opposite gamers on this listing, Summit is not new to North America. The 2022 LCS spring MVP is again in NA. The Korean prime laner received the award whereas with Cloud9, however shockingly, he was certainly one of three gamers who have been dropped within the group’s midseason roster shakeup. He spent final summer season in China with FunPlus Phoenix and can now man the highest lane for Workforce Liquid. He is clearly confirmed he can carry out at a excessive degree within the LCS, and instantly raises the ceiling on Workforce Liquid’s potential this 12 months.

Hong “Pyosik” Chang-hyeon

Workforce Liquid

jungler

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Pyosik returns to North America contemporary off successful Worlds with DRX. He racked up one of the best KDA of any DRX participant through the Worlds predominant occasion. The 22-year-old jungler will kind a part of Workforce Liquid’s revamped roster, which options an all-Korean lineup for 2023. He joins fellow world champion Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in, who received Worlds in 2017 with Samsung Galaxy, on this group. Over the course of his profession, Pyosik has gravitated towards Lee Sin, who he has performed greater than twice as many occasions as some other champion.

Lee “Bugi” Seong-yeop

TSM

jungler

Bugi involves North America after having performed in Japan, Southeast Asia and, most not too long ago, Latin America. Bugi was the jungler for a dominant Estral Esports group final summer season. Estral completed first in Latin America’s LLA and second within the playoffs, simply wanting qualifying for Worlds. Bugi does have some Worlds expertise, having gone in 2020 with Japan’s V3 Esports. He had the second-best KDA of any participant with at the least a dozen video games performed within the LLA final summer season. Traditionally, his most-picked champion by far has been Xin Zhao.

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