Astralis failed to sell its spot in 2022, maybe due to the $40-50 million price tag. There was no lack of interest with the popular LFL team Karmine Corp looking to buy, as well as Natus Vincere, Giants, and an unnamed NA org. With Astralis not even making the group stage this split, that may push the owners to sell the LEC spot for less.
Team Falcons rejected after being in advanced talks
No one knows the actual answer but it is being suggested that connections to the Saudi Government are to blame. The only reported reason is that Riot simply did not give this sale its seal of approval. Team Falcons are a Saudi eSports organisation with the chairperson Msdossary, an ex-FIFA eSports pro player. Claims of sports-washing attempts are all over social media with this news. It can be tough, because how are a Saudi Arabian team supposed to participate in anything without those accusations. Although, pictures of Msdossery with The Crown Prince are sure to keep people on their toes. Some fans thought Team Falcons was a French team due to its full French roster in CSGO.
Everyone that could possibly take the spot
Last year Rogue merged with KOI. An organization built by popular streamer Ibai and former Barcelona player Gerard Pique. Astralis reportedly are not aiming for a merger like this and want a full sell. Speculation is rife with a multitude of options for new teams to enter the LEC. Karmine Corp has a huge French fanbase which could revitalize the league bringing its brand with them. Karmine are consistently breaking viewership records in the LFL and they’re winning their league. Looking at viewership numbers, Karmine peaks higher than most teams in Europe. NAVI are a historical team in CSGO but are yet to make a debut in League of Legends, although the fans would welcome it.
There has been no news on TSM moving to China, and a few are speculating that the org could take the team to Europe. This could be considered a side step with the LEC now being at a similar level to the LCS. Other names that could be in the frame of Unicorns of Love and Istanbul Wildcats.