With roster changes everywhere, the LCK will look very different heading into the new season. Now that there are new players leading most teams, it’ll be interesting to see which players are able to step up in their new roles. With that being said, here are some players that should have every opportunity to step up and impress.
Hong “Pyosik” Chang-hyeon (DragonX)
While there are many candidates for players to watch on DragonX, the honor goes to jungler Pyosik. Overall, Pyosik has been amazing during his limited showing at KeSPA Cup. However, his struggles against Afreeca Freecs along with the rest of the young players of DragonX is a slight cause of concern. If this were to happen again for an extended period of time during the LCK the struggles of top laner Choi “Doran” Hyeon-joon or support Ryu “Keria” Min-seok can be mostly covered as needed. However, Pyosik will need to remain consistent as he’ll be in a position to be abused the most.
While the future will be bright for Pyosik and the rest of the DragonX roster, their early success is hard to predict. If Pyosik can keep up against the top junglers of the league, then early success will follow them.
Song “Fly” Yong-jun (Afreeca Freecs)
So far Afreeca Freecs has exceeded all early expectations results-wise with a convincing run through the KeSPA Cup bracket on their way to winning it all. A large part of their success has been the great play of mid laner Fly. While the meta has been very favorable for not only Fly’s playstyle but the team as a whole, it will be interesting to see how Fly will perform if the meta changes.
For now, Fly has been spectacular and should be able to easily follow up on his great performance at KeSPA cup with some solid games once the LCK begins.
Kim “Canna” Chang-dong (T1)
When the new T1 roster was announced, one of the biggest question marks was the top lane. Between the average Kim “Roach” Kang-hui and the mostly unproven Canna, T1 had gone through a clear downgrade from Kim “Khan” Dong-ha. However, so far, Canna has shown a lot of potential and has shown that he could easily surpass Khan. While his laning has been fairly impressive, his decision making once grouped up later into the game has been questionable. Fortunately, that weakness is somewhat covered up by the superior late game play of T1 as a team.
With a long season ahead will have all the time in the world to improve. If he is able to reach his peak, then this T1 roster may become even better than last year’s roster.
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