With four LCK rosters completed and multiple roster spots already filled, there are still quite a few talented players looking for teams. While most of them have rumors attaching them to a team such as Kim “Khan” Dong-ha to FunPlus Phoenix, there are still a few without such a rumor. With quite a few players looking for teams and just as little roster spots, which players should teams look towards picking?
Hwang “Kingen” Seong-hoon (Top)
Formerly on KT Rolster (8th place in 2019 Summer Split)
Despite a rough season for KT Rolster that saw the team barely avoid playing in the promotion tournament yet again, the play of Kingen throughout the Summer Split was a welcoming sight to see. After taking over the starting spot from a struggling Song “Smeb” Kyung-ho, Kingen’s play continued to improve and looked like a solid player near the end of the split.
While Kingen may not be the best top laner available, he has shown that he still has a lot of room to grow and could prove to be a solid pickup for a young team. If he is able to continue growing and improving as a player, Kingen could be well on his way to becoming one of the next best top laners in Korea. While there are some small rumors that Kingen could be heading to China, hopefully, he ends up staying in Korea and developing further by playing against the likes of Kim “Kiin” Gi-in. So as the off-season continues, it will be interesting to keep an eye on where Kingen ends up.
Son “Ucal” Woo-hyeon (Mid)
Formerly on Afreeca Freecs (5th place in 2019 Summer Split and playoffs, 4th in Regional Finals)
Ucal’s 2019 has been filled with ups and downs. From being the third rate mid laner for the Freecs during the Spring Split to having a sudden resurge and becoming one of the top mid laners again in the Summer Split, Ucal has experienced it all. Despite the inconsistent season, Ucal has shown that he can still be one of the best mid laners in Korea and would be worth picking up.
With multiple teams still looking for a strong mid laner, it’ll be a surprise if Ucal can’t find a team before the start of the next season. While it could be smart to have a solid substitute in case Ucal does struggle once again, it’s still a risk well worth taking.
Cho “Mata” Se-hyeong (Support)
Formerly on SK Telecom T1 (won LCK Summer, lost 3-1 in Worlds Semifinals to G2 Esports)
While Mata has regressed a lot in 2019, he could still be a valuable player to pick up. Although he may not be at the level to be a starter for the whole season, he could fill a similar role as top laner Lee “Flame” Ho-jong did for Lee “Flame” Ho-jong. While Mata may not be able to fill a role as a starter, he would be a great substitute to pick up for a younger support player so that he may serve as a mentor as well.
While mechanically Mata is nowhere near his former glory, he may still be one of the smartest players around. As such, his knowledge is still a huge asset and teams that have a young roster should consider picking him up. Whether he goes to China or stays in Korea, it’ll be interesting to keep an eye on his performance this upcoming season.
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