End of an era, but Bayern in good shape
His departure was disappointingly clumsy and a touch rancorous, and he didn't get the send-off he deserved, but Robert Lewandowski's departure from Bayern has seen a titan of the sport leave the Bundesliga.
His work for Borussia Dortmund and then Bayern was consistently outstanding, and the league is a poorer place without the Pole's relentless excellence.
However, anyone who thought the loss of "Lewangoalski" (copyright Thomas Müller) would slow the champions down might be disappointed. Sadio Mané has been recruited from a Liverpool side that wanted to keep him, and the Senegalese star will take centre-stage in a fluid forward line.
Assist factory Müller is still the competitive heartbeat of the team, Serge Gnabry has signed a new contract, and wonderkid Jamal Musiala is getting better all the time.
Leroy Sané and Kingsley Coman are also options in attack, and there's an argument to say that Lewandowski's departure will make Bayern less predictable going forward.
At the other end, Dutch centre-back Matthijs de Ligt is a statement signing from Juventus, and Bayern's front-foot style under Julian Nagelsmann should suit him. His former Ajax teammates Ryan Gravenberch and Noussair Mazraoui are also exciting additions.
Bayern's 5-3 Supercup win over RB Leipzig showcased their attacking potential, but they'll have to tighten up defensively to truly compete with Europe's elite in the Champions League.
Usual suspects will fill out top four
Borussia Dortmund made people sit up and take notice when they went on a summer spree in the transfer market that significantly strengthened the back line. Niklas Süle came in from Bayern, and fellow Germany centre-back Nico Schlotterbeck was snapped up after an excellent campaign with Freiburg.
The signing of striker Sebastien Haller from Ajax seemed like a step in the right direction too, although the Frenchman will now spend months on the sidelines after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.
Dortmund made big changes off the field too. Club legend Sebastian Kehl replaced the long-serving Michael Zorc as sporting director, while former coach Edin Terzic has returned to the dugout after his successor Marco Rose lasted a single season. Terzic won the DFB Pokal in his only campaign to date.
RB Leipzig won the DFB Pokal last term, their first major honour, and hopes are high that Domenico Tedesco can continue to deliver as coach. Star player Christopher Nkunku has signed a new deal, and the signing of Germany left-back David Raum is exciting.
There's no reason why Leipzig can't continue the form that saw them salvage last season, especially if they can keep midfield machine Konrad Laimer out of the clutches of Bayern. Leipzig have raised plenty of cash from sales, so don't be surprised if their recruitment isn't yet complete.
I think it'll be close between RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund in the race for second (sadly, that's probably what it is), so I'll back Leipzig in the Winner W/O Bayern market when there is some liquidity, especially if you can get a price at evens or above.
Bayer Leverkusen have kept Patrik Schick and signed impressive young Czech forward Adam Hlozek, but playmaker Florian Wirtz will take a while to hit top gear after a serious knee injury, and a disastrous DFB Pokal exit at third-tier Elversberg wasn't exactly an encouraging start.
Gerardo Seoane's side will play attractive football and should make the top four, but a title push is highly unlikely.
New coaches aplenty
Former Norwich City and Borussia Dortmund II boss Daniel Farke has the job of lifting Borussia Mönchengladbach out of their funk, and I think his possession-based style should suit a squad that has some technically gifted performers.
Niko Kovac, who won the DFB Pokal with Eintracht Frankfurt and secured the double with Bayern, is back in Germany with a Wolfsburg squad in dire need of leadership and stability after last season's brush with the drop.
Hoffenheim have ditched Sebastian Hoeness and replaced him with former Hannover and Schalke boss Andre Breitenreiter, who won a surprise league title with Zurich last term.
Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt are a good bet to crack the top six, especially after the signings of Mario Götze and Lucas Alario. It's worth keeping a watching brief though, with Filip Kostic and Evan N'Dicka linked with moves elsewhere.
The early retirement of hugely popular and influential centre-back Martin Hinteregger was a hefty blow, but coach Oliver Glasner is the true star, just as he was at Wolfsburg.
Bochum set for a battle
I made an exception with the hapless Greuther Fürth last season, but I generally watch the newly-promoted sides for a few weeks before making a judgment on them, so I'll keep a close eye on Werder Bremen and Schalke before rushing to judgement. However, I fear for Bochum and Stuttgart.
Bochum have lost half a squad, including talismanic striker Sebastian Polter, talented midfielder Milos Pantovic and defenders Maxim Leitsch and Armel Bella-Kotchap. Coach Thomas Reis is a great motivator, but it looks like he'll have to rely on the incredible atmosphere at the Ruhrstadion, as the club's transfer business has been underwhelming.
Stuttgart avoided the relegation playoff by the narrowest of margins last season, and they are sticking by their policy of developing young talent, allowing inexperienced players to show if they can sink or swim.
Star players Sasa Kalajdzic and Borna Sosa may not be around at the end of the transfer window, and Silas hasn't been the same player since a serious knee injury. It could be a long, hard season for the southern giants.