While the LPL is on pause due to the coronavirus outbreak, here is a look at each team participating in the tournament. Today’s team will be EDG, who want to return to glory days of years past.
Jinoo is expected to be the starting top laner for EDG. Jinoo is one of the many Korean players that seem to have made China their home. Previously a top laner for LGD and Victory Five, Jinoo joined EDG last summer. While he is the expected starter, XiaoXiang and Audi are extremely capable top laners, and he is expected to share time with them, especially XiaoXiang, who performed during the Demacia Cup.
After being promoted from the academy team last summer, JieJie will return as the jungler for the spring split. Despite the struggles that EDG faced last year, Jiejie had a good debut split, performing well on bruiser junglers, but struggling on Elise. The young jungler seemed to fit well into the squad, showing good synergy with Jinoo and Scout, who are both returning players to the lineup.
Scout returns once again as the mid laner for EDG. The young player, who used to be Faker’s substitute, has now made himself the face of EDG, especially after iBoy’s departure. Known by many as a very coin-flip player, there is little doubt that when in form, Scout is one of the best mid laners the LPL has to offer. In recent times, however, it seems like the coin toss hasn’t been favorable to Scout. Hopefully, 2020 will be a new year and Scout and return to show that he is still one of the best.
Hope is the new rookie carry for EDG. After the departure of iBoy, EDG promoted Hope from the academy team. He already had synergy with Meiko, since he was a substitute player. And the synergy shows as Hope performed well in the Demacia Cup. Now, Hope has a new challenge ahead of him, to compete in the LPL as a starter. It is no secret that bot lane carry role is stacked in the region, and hope comes in as one of the rookies. Only time will tell how well he fits in.
Last but not least is the team’s captain, Meiko. Meiko has been on EDG since 2015, making him the longest-lasting player on the team. Handpicked by legendary support FzzF, Meiko would go on to substitute the man who chose him. On the team ever since, Meiko has become the team’s captain. Paired up with Hope in the bot lane, Meiko has the job of guiding another young carry to glory. After helping Deft blossom and guiding iBoy, another promising player is once again working with Meiko.
2019 was a year that EDG will want to forget. Having decent performances in both spring and summer, but failing to make it far in playoffs, EDG failed to get enough points to qualify for the regional finals. 2019 was the first time in the organization’s history that they failed to qualify for worlds. Clearlove7, a world-famous jungler and long time EDG player, retired in the offseason, becoming their new coach. After bringing in a new carry, as well as a young promising top laner, EDG will hope that 2020 is a better year.
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