With the 2022 World Championship firmly in the rearview mirror, League of Legends teams around the globe now face another challenge—free agency. In Oceania, that means sweeping roster shuffles, new-look groups, and a rush to build a title-worthy lineup before Split One in January.
Last time out, The Chiefs won handily. The team’s maiden League loss of the entire split came in the grand finals, when Pentanet.GG took a game off them in a 3–1 battle at Melbourne Olympic Park. Before that, they’d run 24–0.
That near-historic run was dampened a little by the squad’s winless campaign in North America at Worlds, but their domestic dominance cannot be ignored.
2023 marks a period of change for Oceania as a region too.
Starting from LCO 2023 Split One, any Australian team hoping to play internationally faces a tougher road. As confirmed by Riot last month, Oceania will send two seeded teams to the PCS playoffs. (This marks the first time in League history Australia hasn’t had a direct pathway to international events.)
The competition also has two new faces: Ground Zero Gaming (replacing the defunct ORDER) and Team Bliss (replacing Gravitas).
Here’s all the 2023 roster news ahead of January’s start date.
Finished 1st in LCO 2022 Split Two
The Chiefs will always have their 27–1 run in Oceania, but a sobering Worlds sweep in Mexico City has led the reigning champions to another roster reshuffle. Their eyes will be on retaining their crown after snapping a six-year wait to ascend the Australian throne for the fifth time.
According to early LCO reports, the champs will be retaining AD carry Raes for their 2023 lineup. The org will add ex-ORDER duo BioPanther (top lane) and Kisee (mid lane).
Coach Babip will also return to a playing role as CHFs jungler.
How CHF will lineup in 2023 League season
- Top — Brandon “BioPanther” Alexander
- Jungle — Leo “Babip” Romer
- Mid — Ronald “Kisee” Vo
- ADC — Quin “Raes” Korebrits
- Support — Ryan “Aladoric” Richardson / Andrew “Cupcake” Van Der Vyver
- Coach — Mike “Mirin” Le
Finished 4th in LCO 2022 Split Two
The once-reigning kings of Oceania enjoyed two postseason runs in 2022 but were punted out of contention in fifth both times. Heading into the new season, the Wolfpack has shuffled four of its five playing pieces.
Returning PGG trio Jesse “Chazz” Mahoney, Mark “Praedyth” Lewis, and Daniel “Decoy” Ealam will make up the core of the Dire Wolves roster next year. This reunion marks the first time any of the three PGG stars have played together since the end of the 2021 LCO season. That year’s campaign—and especially their MSI 2021 run in Reykjavík, Iceland—won them League fans across the globe.
Zorenous in the top lane is Dire Wolves’ other pick-up.
The legacy OCE org also retained jungler Poltron for another campaign.
How DW will lineup in 2023 League season
- Top — Cameron “Zorenous” Abbott
- Jungle — Kim “Poltron” Nicholls
- Mid — Jesse “Chazz” Mahoney
- ADC — Mark “Praedyth” Lewis
- Support — Daniel “Decoy” Ealam
- Coach — Joseph “Valixas” Tselios
Ground Zero Gaming
First season, acquired ORDER LCO slot
Ground Zero Gaming is replacing ORDER in the LCO. The long-standing Oceanic org acquired the franchise slot after ORDER went into administration.
- Top — Thomas “Tron” Garnsworthy / Rhys “Toppy” Topham
- Jungle — Jason “Gooby” Nguyen
- Mid — An Quoc “mfis” Phan
- ADC — Alvin “Danteh” Wong
- Support — Drekani “Bulldawg” Akuhata / Sean “Ali G” Lancaster
- Coach — Aarsh “Aarsh” Nagpal
Finished 5th in LCO 2022 Split Two
Kanga snuck into the LCO postseason last split with a mixed 10–11 record and contested their first League finals bracket. They knocked fourth-seeded Dire Wolves out in four before a finals-bound PGG swept them out of finals.
- Top — Juhyoek “Blue” Eum / Daniel “Papryze” Francis
- Jungle — Bryce “Meifan” Zou
- Mid — Dmitry “Fighto” Botov
- ADC — Dai Phu “Hoopa” Mong
- Support — Brendan “Shinki” Ngo
- Coach — Eliot “Eagz” Eagle
Finished 7th in LCO 2022 Split Two
Since representing Oceania at Worlds in 2019, Mammoth has finished eighth, seventh, eighth, eighth, seventh, and seventh, in that order. Between 2022’s two splits MEC scored 11 wins amid a series of lineup shuffles.
- Top — Chai-Chi “Ch1Chi” Hsu
- Jungle — Shao “Akano” Zhong / Benny “District” Nguyen
- Mid — Da Woon “DaJeung” Jeung
- ADC — James “Voice” Craig
- Support — Benson “Entrust” Tsai
- Coach — Sahil “Sahil” Amlani
Finished 6th in LCO 2022 Split Two
Despite boasting a strong lineup, PEACE slid to sixth with a 9–12 record in Split Two last season and failed to contest finals. The question of player pay (they have failed to pay a host of their players from the 2021 and 2022 seasons despite promises otherwise) still hangs over the org’s head.
- Top — Lin “Weizhe” Wei-Zhe
- Jungle — Yang “Ko1eee” Zhen-Yu
- Mid — Zhang “NuL1” Ji-Ya
- ADC — Wang “Chayon” Yun-Cheng
- Support — (Previously Gunkrab)
- Coach — N/A
Finished 3rd in LCO 2022 Split Two
PGG ran third last split and lost to ORDER in the upper bracket. They rallied in round two, blew Kanga away in three, ousted ORD in the revenge match by the same margin, and took a game off the previously invincible Chiefs in a grand final defeat. Expect Pentanet to stay right in the title hunt in 2023.
Reports have tipped PGG to run a bot lane combo of Violet and Apii. The departing PEACE pair last played together in the duo lane with Avant Gaming in the last-ever OPL split in 2020. Apii has role-swapped to top then mid since then.
Veteran star Shernfire will return to OCE to play jungle for the team.
Rounding out the star-studded, PCS-focused Perth team is top lane duo Chippys and Donggy (formerly Winterer).
To facilitate the veteran Kiwi star’s return, Donggy is moving to the mid lane. He last played there with Chiefs Academy in 2020.
How PGG will lineup for 2023 League season
- Top — Ryan “Chippys” Short
- Jungle — Shern “Shernfire” Cherng Tai
- Mid — Kim “Donggy” Dong-geun, previously Winterer
- AD carry — Vincent “Violet” Wong
- Support — Yao “Apii” Jian-Jing
- Coach — Scott “Westonway” Farmer
First season, acquired Gravitas LCO slot
Bliss is the second of two LCO newcomers in 2023. They acquired a League slot from perennial wooden spooners and competition strugglers Gravitas.
- Top — Tristan “Lived” Fulcher
- Jungle — Raaz “Whynot” Alfassi Berman
- Mid — Ji-Meyong “Daystar” Yoo
- ADC — Samil “Leemas” Kip
- Support — Ben “Benvi” Moore / David “Beats” Nguyen-Dang
- Coach — Ching Chak “Calvin” Lee
The LCO and Oceanic League action is expected to return to our screens towards the end of Jan. 2023. Split One started on Monday, Jan. 24 earlier this year.