While 2020 may not have played out as JD Gaming would have liked, the team had their best year to date. JD Gaming won in spring, made finals in summer, and made it to World’s quarterfinals. The team remains ambitious, as they brought in two well-known players to reinforce their roster for 2021. Without further ado, here is JD Gaming’s roster for the next coming year.
Top Lane: Zoom
The forge God himself will be returning to the top lane in 2021. Whenever a conversation starts, regarding the best top laner in the World, at some point Zoom’s name will be mentioned. With incredible performances on a variety of different champions, Zoom seems to fit into any meta or playstyle, making him a very flexible top laner.
2020 was a good year for Zoom. Despite the amount of new rising stars in the LPL top lanes, Zoom still managed to lead the pack, helping his team win spring, and landing on the All-Pro team in summer.
As the star jungler of the LPL in 2020, it is no surprise that Kanavi will be rejoining the team. While he has received quite a bit of criticism towards the end of 2020, there can be no denying that he had quite an incredible regular season.
Playing carry junglers before it was meta, Kanavi made a name for himself in spring, where he was the regular season MVP. In summer, he would once again rise to the top amongst the junglers, ending up on the number one All-Pro team.
Mid Lane: Xiye
The first of the two changes, Xiye has joined JDG. It is important to note that Yagao is still listed as a player for the team, so it is possible that they may share time. That said, Xiye did play off the games in the Demacia Cup tournament, so it is unclear what the situation in the mid lane will be.
Regardless of that, Xiye joining JDG is big news. While Yagao is a great mid laner, he has always received for his lack of depth in his champion pool. Xiye joining helps solve that issue, as Xiye has a massive champion pool. Xiye is also known to have a more aggressive playstyle, which matches with their jungler and new bot lane carry.
Bot Lane Carry: Mystic
The second change that JDG made, was to bring Mystic back to the LPL and reunite him with Xiye. After a year of playing in the LCK, Mystic is back to the league where he made a name for himself. Once again, it is important to note that Loken is still officially a player for JDG.
Despite Afreeca having a quiet 2020, Mystic had a good year. With incredible performances on Aphelios and Miss Fortune, Mystic was Afreeca’s main win condition. Reunited with Xiye, they are still to date the duo with the most amount of games together in the LPL. With matching playstyles, they’ll be looking to add more action to the JDG botside.
Last but not least, LvMao will be the support for JDG once again in 2021. A very versatile support, fans know LvMao as an aggressive player, that loves engage heavy champions. With two new and aggressive players alongside him, JDG seem to be one of the more dangerous teams coming into 2021.
LvMao had a good 2020 season. He won finals MVP in spring and kept up his good performance in summer. Sadly for him, his Worlds performance was a bit lackluster, as he failed to keep up with Beryl and SwordArt, who were the best supports in the tournament.
All in all, JD Gaming are still looking incredible coming into 2021. A lot like TOP before them, JDG are most likely to remain at the top of the table. A rematch of spring and summer finals is entirely possible in both spring and summer in 2021.
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