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One of the more exciting teams in the EU LCS has its core back. Lucas “Cabochard ” Simon-Meslet and Jakub “Jactroll” Skurzyński are staying with Team Vitality for the next two years.
We have another exciting news to share today!
— Team Vitality (@TeamVitality) November 21, 2018
This news comes off the back of a huge day of roster moves in the newly-minted League of Legends European Championship, or LEC. Multiple European stars are coming back home after spending a year overseas. However, instead of making any big changes to their lineup, Team Vitality is sticking to what was working last year. Can they have the same success that they had this past year with Cabochard and Jactroll back on the team?
Paving the Way for Europe
Team Vitality’s would have a pretty decent 2018 EU LCS run. The team would field a roster with Erberk “Gilius” Demir as the jungler, which would net them fourth place in the Spring Split’s regular season. Unfortunately, they would drop out of the playoffs in the semifinals against Fnatic. Vitality would make a change for the Summer Split, switching out Gilius for veteran jungler, Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek. They would do even better with Kikis in the Summer Split, finishing in second for the regular season. They would also take down Misfits to capture themselves a third-place finish and a berth at the World Championships.
There, Team Vitality would begin a revolution amongst the Western teams at Worlds. They would be placed into the supposed “Group of Death”, with Royal Never Give Up, Gen.G and Cloud9. However, both Vitality and Cloud9 would go against all expectations. On day five of the Group Stage, Vitality would defeat both RNG and Gen.G, while Cloud9 would do the same. It was an uprising that no one saw coming. Although Cloud9 would end up eliminating Vitality, their aggressive style of play would inspire the other European teams to do the same. They would begin the Western revolution against the East and would help close the gap between the regions.
With the majority of Team Vitality’s core returning for 2019, their chances of success are very high. The LEC has seen multiple new teams come about, with multiple roster shuffles across the league. Consistency and familiarity will be Vitality’s friend in the upcoming year, as the whole team has already built comradery and synergy together. There are only two issues that Vitality needs to address. One is the fact that many of these LEC teams are now familiar with their playstyle. They will need to adjust themselves accordingly, in order to stay ahead of the curve.
Second, Vitality still needs to address their jungler position. The addition of Kikis for the Summer Split of 2018 was beneficial for the team. His experience and veteran knowledge would help the plethora of rookies get through the season. However, there have been multiple new organizations added to the LEC, plus the homecoming of multiple stars from North America. They might need to look for more firepower in the jungle position for 2019 and beyond. Kikis is good, but there may be a better long-term option for the team in free agency.
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