What to watch for as the LCS and LEC summer splits start

11:52 AM ETESPN Esports StaffFacebookTwitterFacebook MessengerPinterestEmailprintThe League of Legends Championship Series and League European Championship kick off Friday with high-profile matchups between LCS champion Cloud9 and runner-up FlyQuest and G2 Esports facing MAD Lions to debut the LEC summer split. Here's what our experts think of both leagues going into the summer and what they expect to play out as we get closer to the League of Legends World Championship. On a scale of 1 to 10, how is North America doing at fostering new domestic talent?Jacob Wolf: I'll go with 2/10. We've seen Greyson "Goldenglue" Gilmer, although not a new talent, get replaced in favor of Tanner "Damonte" Damonte, and we've seen Evil Geniuses pick up Heo "Huni" Seung-hoon to likely, next split when he is a North American resident, replace Colin "Kumo" Zhao full-time. He and Kumo will likely rotate this split, with South Korean AD carry Bae "Bang" Jun-sik swapping out and Matthew "Deftly" Chen starting to conform to the LCS rule that three domestic players must start each game. The only teams that are investing in North American talent are Team Liquid, Dignitas and Team SoloMid, partly because they want to, partly because they're forced to by the limited availability of foreign players due to the coroNorth Americanvirus pandemic.

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