Welcome to the new Age: Which young NA players will face LCS in 2022 and beyond?

Welcome to the new Age: Which young NA players will face LCS in 2022 and beyond?
Photo by Oshin Tudayan/Riot Games via ESPAT

It is time to find the new leaders of the league.

Last year, there was a significant change within the North American League of Legends scene. Many well-known players from the early days of the LCS have already retired or been out of the limelight as a handful of young players from the emerging academy and the region's amateur scene have started to take their places.

The next generation is taking its first steps to write a new chapter in this league when confidence in NA appears to be at an all-time low. Fans and aspiring pros need new heroes to renew their hopes as the global league community turns to the future, and these new stars prepare to make their mark on a scene seeking new leaders.

But which players should North American fans consider as faces of the new era of the LCS? From rising stars to fiery academy talents, these are some of the most promising prospects that could help see the next superstars explode in the area.

TSM Spica

TSM Spica
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As the reigning MVP of the LCS, Spica is very straightforward when it comes to talking about the future of NA in league esports. The 20-year-old has already established himself as one of the league's top talents and is also the oldest reigning player at TSM after the departure of veteran legend Bjergsen.

According to the statistics site Games of Legends, Spica had a whopping 70.5 percent kill participation rate with a 3.7 KDA in both the spring and summer 2021 divisions. His group of champions was relatively unique at 19 picks. different throughout the year, but the most frequent options played were Udyr, Lee Sin, and Olaf.

A new era has finally begun for one of the oldest teams in esports history, and as arguably the greatest juggler in the LCS, Spica will have a wide range of new responsibilities. Not only will he have a high leadership position in TSM, but he will have to improve his own game if he becomes the face of the franchise.

Fortunately, he has faced many adversities during his game for TSM, including several early failures in the playoffs and constant changes of teammates. But that also means that he can lead this new list through all the ups and downs of 2022. Spica may be young, but he has gained the experience of being a veteran.

C9 Fudge

TSM Spica
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It's only been a year, but Cloud9's rookie Top Laner Fudge went from teasing LCS to becoming the best top laner in the league. When he entered the league, he was quick to throw combative words at his opponents, only to be nullified by many of them during the event. It was a humbling experience that only made him stronger in the long run.

In late 2021, Fudge turned out to be a calm, cool and collected personality ready for the bright lights of whatever stage you cast him on. During the summer division, Fudge had the seventh most kills in the league and was the only top layer in the top 10 for this stat, based on Oracle's Elixir aggregate league stats. Whether at the LCS Championship, the Mid-Season Invitational, or the 2021 World Championship, the 19-year-old superstar was on par with the best in her role and did not hesitate to draw people into her outstanding role.

However, a new challenge awaits next year. Not only will Fudge debut in an entirely new role, but he will also have to be a leader of the revamped C9 roster as they attempt to regroup after losing a handful of talented veterans like Perkz, Zven, and Vulcan.

EG Danny

TSM Spica
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Billed as the next double promotion, Danny burst onto the pro league scene with rage and fire last summer. Originally, fans and analysts questioned promoting such a young player to Evil Geniuses' starting XI, especially since he wasn't even on the team's academy roster. He came from the amateur team and he was only 17 years old. When he designed 100 Thieves in the playoffs with one of the most exciting Pentakills we've ever seen, NA fans saw stars in his eyes.

Daring and confident in his abilities, Danny surged forward to lead the league with 111 kills last summer, according to Oracle's Elixir. In those gritty moments, he had the stance of a veteran while displaying some of the best mechanical skills of his class. With stars like Vulcan, Inspired, and Impact helping him get even stronger, we've seen Danny become one of the best players in the region.

EG Jojopyun


Speaking of appearances on the scene: EG has another chance by promoting their Academy Mid-Laner Jojopyun to the main cast. The organization now has two 17-year-old prospects hoping they will become leaders for the next generation of stars in the region.

Many people have hailed Jojopyun as one of the best mid-laners in the academy, and for good reason. He has a diverse group of champions with selections like Lulu, Akali, Lee Sin, and Lucian and he plays to win game moments. He's mechanically very strong and wants to create action every time he gets a shot at the third-highest percentage of murder participation in his role last summer, according to Oracle's Elixir. Whether he's attacking the enemy jungle after pinching his lane or wandering his jungle to find a trap, this budding pro is pushing his limits in most of his games.

He sometimes gets a little overzealous, which comes with inexperience. He suffered his fifth-most deaths at LCS Academy last season, but with more time and guidance from his experienced teammates, his position and decision-making should improve as the season progresses. The other problem he could run into is the nerves he will face when he makes his major league debut. They should also fade away over time, but it will be interesting to see how long it takes for him as he adjusts to a higher level of play.

100T Tenacity

It could split time in the top lane for 100 Thieves, but Tenacity is another young player to watch out for in 2022. The 18-year-old is a product of the team's thriving development programs, having played for 100 Next and 100 Thieves Academy. . He helped the young team get into the top four in every tournament they played.

At the 2021 World Cup, 100T also took him to a training ground in Europe. At times, he was the top-ranked boot camper on the EUW server and was also the first to reach the top 50 solo queue leaders in the region. His potential is limitless and he helps him learn from one of the best top laners in the world, Ssumday.

If he seizes the opportunity from him, he is likely to become the team's best lane in the near future. But now he has to work harder than before to face other leading LCS top laners like Summit, Huni, Bwipo, and Impact.

100T Kenvi

Surprised to see that Kenvey is not in the 2022 LCS starting lineup, considering that he is one of the most talented resident players in the NA. But it makes sense that 100 Thieves isn't giving upon him. In a region where there are only three native jungles in the LCS, the 19-year-old would be a future gem for any organization.

Young, smart and aggressive, Kenvi was the best juggler in the academy last year. He had the second-highest number of kills in the league in the 2021 summer division, a 70.3 percent kill rate, and even averaged 503 damage to champions per minute, according to Oracle's Elixir.

He has a wide variety of champions in his arsenals, such as Lee Sin, Xin Zhao, Rumble, Diana, and Kindred, and he's not afraid to challenge other players. But he knows better when to get involved than to plan with his teammates. It's only a matter of time before Kenvi finds a team in the LCS, even if he's not with the robbers.


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