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LGD Turn Over a New Leaf for 2021

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While the other top-four teams didn’t make many changes, LGD have all but reset their roster. Peanut returned to the LCK, while LangX, Xiye, and Mark joined other LPL teams. Only Kramer remains from the 2020 squad that went from fifteenth in spring to Worlds. Without any further ado, here is the new squad that will compete in the LPL in 2021.

Top Lane: Cult

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Since the start of 2020, Cult has jumped around between LGD’s main roster and their academy team. Last spring, he shared time with Lies on the main team, but Lies was the starting top laner. Last summer, he returned to the academy team, where he had quite a solid showing.

While Garvey is still on the team and could return to the top lane, Cult may be getting his first real chance. As mentioned, he had a good showing in the summer of 2020 and looked really good on the carry orientated bruisers. And of course, in true LPL tradition, his most played champion is Renekton.

Jungle: Flora

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Flora is another rookie that joined LGD from their academy team. In fact, he was part of the same roster that Lies was on during summer. He also was on the spring roster that made second place in the LDL spring.

Flora fits into the current meta like a glove. He is a high tempo jungler and his most played champion is Graves, who is currently the king of the jungle. However, Flora does seem to struggle to perform on the tanky junglers, which could lead to problems in case of a meta shift.

Mid lane: Uniboy

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A face that fans will recognize from last Worlds, Uniboy’s performance earned him a spot in the LPL. Previously on teams like Ahq and MAD, not to be confused with the LEC’s MAD, Uniboy has consistently performed in the LMS and PCS.

Known for having a large champion pool, Uniboy should fit right in with the other LPL mid laners. From Syndra, to Irelia to Kalista, Uniboy can fit into any team comp or meta, which in a long tournament like the LPL, is key to success.

Bot Lane Carry: Kramer

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The only returning player, Kramer will once again be the team’s bot lane carry. While he will absent for the first couple of matches, he is expected to start as soon as he rejoins the squad.

Despite the team’s good performance in 2020, he had quiet performances. As the meta dictated, he played mostly utility carries. As such, he usually played weakside, and so his performance reflected this. While it is unknown if this will continue in 2021, the question remains if he can continue to hold the fort, or if he will buckle under the pressure.

Support: Peace

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Another rookie that joined LGD, Peace used to play on JD, as LvMao’s substitute. Prior to that, he was on Rogue Warrior’s academy team, so he has vast experience on academy teams.

Peace was one of the better Lux players in the LDL. Last spring alone, he played 14 games on her, winning 10 of those 14. Other than Lux and Yuumi, he plays mostly disengage supports like Braum or Tahm Kench.

 

This current iteration of LGD is totally different than anything we’ve seen in recent years. With 3 rookies on the roster and Uniboy who is still a young player who is new to the LPL, this LGD has a lot to prove. With all these changes to the roster, this roster shouldn’t be held to the same expectations as the previous roster.

 


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