The end of the year is fast approaching and with it the start of a new LEC season is approaching. With all the new listings announced, some of the roster changes are, at least, surprising.
The most prominent trend for the new season, however, is Europe’s seemingly bold decision to bet on young talent, something we’ve seen across all teams. Misfits won the unlikely contest and is currently the youngest LEC team by average age, but other teams like Vitality, BDS or Astralis have also decided to bet on talent no older than 19.
These are the LEC’s youngest players for the 2022 season.
Oliver “Dajor” Ryppa is one of the players with the shortest trajectory in the LEC but has a bright future. Having previously played at Fnatic Rising, Dajor joins Astralis as the starting mid laner in 2022. Despite having only played professionally less than a year, the German has impressed with world at the EU Masters, where he beat teams like Movistar Riders or Misfits Premier, reaching second place after only losing to Karmine Corp.
Ilias “NUCLEARINT” Bizriken is the newly signed mid laner with BDS for the 2022 season. NUCLEARINT made his LEC debut against Schalke 04 last season, and now he has joined the team that acquired the position. position of Schalke 04 in the tournament. The young and talented French mid laner came on for Abbedpris, who signed for 100 Thieves.
Vincent “Vetheo” Berrié is a 19-year-old mid laner who made his professional debut in 2019 and will lead the Misfits roster in the 2022 LEC season. He joined Misfits in December 2020, but his performance this past Summer was stellar, leading the LEC mid laner with the highest KDA and kill participation rate of 71.8%, according to Oracle’s Elixir.
Mark “Markoon” van Woensel is one of the youngest junglers in the LEC. Markoon made a name for himself in the Spanish league under teams like UCAM Esports Club and G2 Arctic before joining EXCEL’s academy roster in December 2020 and the main team last June.
Labros “Labrov” Papoutsakis is one of the youngest players in the LEC and also the oldest member of Vitality’s current roster. Labrov is one of the players that the LEC has long been keeping an eye on. He joined Vitality in May 2020 after competing in different national leagues for the previous three years. Starting out in his home country of Greece with teams like Other Dimension and Panathinaikos, Labrov started out as a professional player at the age of 15, then played in Spain under KYIF Esports and BIG in the German league.
Labrov is known to be a talented support with impressive mechanical skills and joins Perkz, Selfmade, Carzzy, Alphari and LIDER in Vitality for one of the most popular LEC lists of 2022.
Matyáš “Carzzy” Orság, along with Labrov, is one of the youngest stars in Vitality’s new lineup. He joins as the new ADC after spending the last two years playing under the MAD Lions banner. Despite his young age, he is one of the players with the most international experience, having qualified for Worlds with the MAD Lions over the past two years. Carzzy was just 14 years old when he first came to Challenger, and although he’s been playing competitively since 2017, he’s been playing League since Part Two.
Adam Maanane officially joined Team BDS as their new top laner just a few days ago. He was joined by Cinkrof, NUCLEARINT, xMatty and LIMIT. Dubbed “Le Petit Prince” by the French players, Adam is known for his aggressive play and his top performance with Fnatic last summer, when the rookie top laner was on the same team. his team earned a place at Worlds after knocking out G2 eSports in the knockout round.
Mertai “Mersa” Sari is a young Greek talent who will start as a support for Misfits in 2022. Before officially joining Misfits just a few days ago, Mersa previously played for gamers at Start in LFL and for the Serbian team ŠAIM SE SuppUp.
Mersa joins HiRit, Shlatan, Vetheo and Neon in the youngest LEC squad for 2022.
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