Today was the NBA trade deadline day, which got us thinking: What if big-time trades were more of a thing in League of Legends? Obviously, trading is tough with the specific roles players take up and the international slot limits.
The LCS has a March 7 trade deadline, but there's never been a notable, game-changing move made near that time by any team. Still, we can dream, so here's our look at three trades that just might work out for LCS squads in North America and Europe.
Cloud9 and Immortals
The trade: Juan "Contractz" Garcia and cash to Immortals for Joshua "Dardoch" Hartnett
Cloud9 has one of the best rosters in the NA LCS, if not the best overall, but it's become clear that its young jungler just isn't on the same level as his veteran teammates. He has a bright future ahead of him, but trading Contractz for a player capable of hard-carrying a game, such as Dardoch, would give Cloud9 more threats than other teams could possibly deal with. If Jung "Impact" Eon-yeong has a bad game, he can let his aggressive jungler do the heavy lifting, rather than forcing Cloud9 to sub Impact out for Jeon "Ray" Ji-won.
For Immortals, this deal represents looking to the future. Is Contractz better than Dardoch right now? No. Could he prove to be a better player in two years? I'd say that's likely. Getting some money to spend to find a long-term solution at the other spots on the roster wouldn't hurt, either.
FlyQuest and Team Dignitas
The trade: Jang "Keane" Lae-young and Kim "Ssumday" Chan-ho for An "Balls" Le and Hai "Hai" Lam and cash
I don't think anyone would disagree that FlyQuest has overachieved relative to its skill level this season, but it's hard to see the team falling too far down the table. Still, FlyQuest could use more talent, and it could come at the expense of creativity and shot-calling. A world-class player like Ssumday would outclass anyone currently on the roster in terms of mechanics, but it would cost FlyQuest some leadership. Still, keeping Daerek "LemonNation" Hart would provide a veteran voice with a coaching experience to keep things on track with an influx of new talent (and a midlaner with a diverse champion pool).
For Dignitas, Hai would provide the sort of in-game leadership the team needs so badly. Dignitas would need another trade to pick up an import with carry potential, but a stable top laner and a leader in the middle of the map would help pull together a team that seems lost at times.
Team Liquid and Fnatic
The trade: Kim "Reignover" Yeu-jin for Rasmus "Caps" Winther
Although both teams would leave this trade with holes to fill in their lineups, the benefits outweigh the need to make more moves. For Fnatic, the most questionable position on its roster is filled by bringing back Reignover to carry out of the jungle and join Martin "Rekkles" Larsson as the leaders on a team now suddenly set to contend with Unicorns of Love and H2k-Gaming for the title of second-best in Europe.
For Liquid, it means the addition of a promising young player nicknamed "Baby Faker" who hails from the same nation that's produced three of NA's best midlaners (Soren "Bjergsen" Bjerg, Nicolaj "Jensen" Jensen and Henrik "Froggen" Hansen). Lyonel "Arcsecond" Pfaender could step in at the jungle position for the rest of the season with an eye on pursuing a long-term talent for the summer split.