In Pictures: NA LCS Teams Beginning To Stockpile Talent For Academy League

With the announcement of franchising for the 2018 season, the North American Challenger Series as we have known it will cease to exist. In its place, Riot Games has announced they will be instituting an academy league, where each permanent partner in the North American League Championship Series will be able to field a team to continue to develop talent and foster growth.

Currently, Only two organization in the NA LCS field a team in the NACS, Echo Fox and Counter Logic Gaming. While there have been other teams who have fielded rosters such as these in the past (Team Liquid and Cloud9 most recently), many teams had instead chosen to only field a few substitutes and forego the cost and time required to run a challenger organization alongside their main squad.

Yet with the Academy League looming, teams must quickly begin to acquire talent to lead their squads or risk being left behind. Some teams have already signed players as “positional coaches” who will likely lead their future academy teams, an obvious example being Cloud9’s recent addition of jungler Jean-Victor “Loulex” Burgevin.

Other teams are stockpiling multiple players on a “ten man roster” that will likely find their way to the Academy team in the future. With this in mind, CLICKON eSports explores a few players who will likely become faces of the Academy League next season: