Not only is Christmas approaching, but the LEC has also planned for next year, launching three competitive splits and the LEC 2023 Winter Split.
Fans have been curious and waiting to see how the new split will affect the competitive scene. To fill you in, the LEC 2023 Winter Split is the first split of the newly changed EMEA League of Legends system. The first season of LEC’s fifth year includes the winter split. The new split will begin on January 21, 2023, and last until February.
Now that you know what the Winter Split is, let’s hop onto the teams that will be competing for the LEC 2023 Winter Split champion title.
Rosters Competing in the LEC 2023 Winter Split
With the signing of two more players, Top Laner Finn “Finn” Wiestål and Jungler Doğukan “113” Balcı, Astralis is now complete and ready for the 2023 Winter Split. Kasper Hvidt, Director of Sports, stated that 113 and Finn’s addition feels like a mixture of pure skill, experience, and great talent.
|Finn “Finn” Wiestå||Top Laner|
|Doğukan “113” Balcı||Jungler|
|Oliver “Dajor” Ryppa||Mid Laner|
|Kasper “Kobbe” Kobberup||Bot Laner|
|Lee “JeongHoon” Jeong-hoon||Support|
In hopes of performing well with a brand new roster, Excel Esports aims to finish in the top 3 of the regular season.
After achieving his first LEC championship with Rouge in 2022, Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu signed with Excel. Reunited with his former teammate Andrei “Xerxe” Dragomir, Excel will shine in a new light.
|Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu||Top Laner|
|Andrei “Xerxe” Dragomir||Jungler|
|Vincent “Vetheo” Berrié||Mid Laner|
|Patrik “Patrik” Jírů||Bot Laner|
|Raphaël “Targamas” Crabbé||Support|
Fnatic fans are in for a treat as Martin “Rekkles” Larsson comes back to Fnatic for the second time after playing for Karmine Corp. Rekkles is a key member of the team and one of the most recognizable veterans in the competitive League of Legends scene, having established a name for himself.
Joining him in the bot lane is rookie support Rúben “Rhuckz” Barbosa. Rhuckz had the chance to prove himself back in Worlds 2022 with a promising performance as a substitute Support. From Fnatic’s academy team to its main roster, we’ll see what Fnatic has in store for the Winter Split 2022.
|Martin “Wunder” Hansen||Top Laner|
|Iván “Razork” Martín Díaz||Jungler|
|Marek “Humanoid” Brázda||Mid Laner|
|Martin “Rekkles” Larsson||Bot Laner|
|Rúben “Rhuckz” Barbosa||Support|
|Gonçalo “Crusher” Pinto||Head coach|
|Aleksi “Hiiva” Kaikkonen||Assistant coach|
A new team? KOI and Rouge ally, allowing KOI to enter the LEC and Rouge to rebrand under its name. Even under a new name, the team managed to keep their former roster except for their former Top Laner, Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu. However, despite having to meet the standards of Odoamne, the new Top Laner, Mathias “Szygenda” Jensen, is sure enough to compensate for those expectations.
|Mathias “Szygenda” Jensen||Top Laner|
|Kim “Malrang” Geun-seong||Jungler|
|Emil “Larssen” Larsson||Mid Laner|
|Markos “Comp” Stamkopoulos||Bot Laner|
|Adrian “Trymbi” Trybus||Support|
|Simon “fredy122” Payne||Head coach|
|Danusch “Arvindir” Fischer||Assistant coach|
The MAD Lions, who have a strong roster, could dominate the Winter Split 2023. Its talents are famously known, especially its new bot lane featuring Matyáš “Carzzy” Orság and Zdravets “Hylissang” Iliev Galabov.
The two are icons in the LEC. Carzzy was one of the first players on the MAD Lions roster after its rebrand. On the other hand, Hylissang, the former Fnatic Support, is known for his aggressive playstyle.
Fans are excited to see how things will turn out in the Winter Split 2023 for the MAD Lions.
|Kim “Chasy” Dong-hyeon||Top Laner|
|Javier “Elyoya” Prades Batalla||Jungler|
|Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer||Mid Laner|
|Matyáš “Carzzy” Orság||Bot Laner|
|Zdravets “Hylissang” Iliev Galabov||Support|
Sertuss, the only remaining player from SK Gaming’s previous roster, will now be playing with new teammates, top Laner Joel “Irrelevant” Miro Scharoll, Jungler Mark “Markoon” van Woensel, bot Laner Thomas “Exakick” Foucou, and support Mads “Doss” Schwartz.
While SK Gaming finished eighth in both the LEC Spring and Summer 2022 splits, the Winter Split will showcase the team’s strength in the hopes of moving up while also building team chemistry.
|Joel “Irrelevant” Miro Scharoll||Top Laner|
|Erberk “Gilius” Demir||Jungler|
|Mark “Markoon” van Woensel||Jungler|
|Daniel “Sertuss” Gamani||Mid Laner|
|Thomas “Exakick” Foucou||Bot Laner|
|Mads “Doss” Schwartz||Support|
|Erik “Treatz” Wessén||Support|
A new team with a new light and an old soul. Team Heretics makes its debut in the Winter Split 2023. consisting of a strong roster.
Team Heretics features two veteran players to keep an eye on and rookies to avoid. Jankos, the former G2 star Jungler, is going to play with LJL (League of Legends Japan League) star top Laner Evi. Fans are excited to see how the two players will bring out their best performance in order to help the team get stronger and move up in the competition.
|Shunsuke “Evi” Murase||Top lane|
|Marcin “Jankos” Jankoswki||Jungle|
|Lee “Ruby” Sol-min||Mid lane|
|Jakob “Jackspektra” Gullvag Kepple||Bot lane|
|Mertai “Mersa” Sari||Support|
We know how exciting this news might be for you League Fans. You can watch the LEC 2023 Winter Split live from the LEC Channel on twitch once it starts.
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