As the middle point of the season approaches, the roster moves have begun as DAMWON Gaming has signed former SANDBOX Gaming ADC Jang “Ghost” Yong-jun for their roster. With the current state of the league, more moves are surely coming. But what do some teams need much more than others? It’s time to take a look at what may be on the mid-season wishlists for a few teams.
Griffin- Substitute Jungler
Coming into the season. Most fans of the former LCK runner-ups were looking towards jungler Lee “Tarzan” Seung-yong to be a key player in keeping the team competitive and high in the standings. Instead, Tarzan has been struggling and has looked like one of the worst junglers so far this split. While it’s possible he can turn things around and help lead Griffin to join the top teams in the standings, the team should look towards having a backup solution.
Whether it’s signing away a player from Challengers Korea or officially adding trainee jungler Kim “GIDEON” Min-seong to the main roster, it should be Griffin’s key concern heading into the next half of the split.
Hanwha Life Esports- Substitute Top Laner
Despite struggling at times this split, Hanwha has been one of the better teams so far this split and definitely one of the most entertaining teams. However, one key weakness in the roster has been in the top lane, where Lee “CuVee” Seong-jin has been inconsistent. When CuVee is performing well, Hanwha is capable of beating any team in the LCK. However, when CuVee struggles through a series, Hanwha struggles to even stay competitive against the likes of Gen.G and DragonX.
If Hanwha is able to pick up a consistent and steady top laner in the same category of top laners like Lee “Flame” Ho-jong, it could provide a solid backup plan in case CuVee struggles. If they’re able to pick up such a player, their victories against the likes of T1 would happen much more often than not.
SANDBOX Gaming- Consistency
For the 2-5 SANDBOX Gaming, it’s hard to pinpoint a roster spot that needs a definitive change. While mid laner Kim “Dove” Jae-yeon has struggled somewhat this split, he has been mostly solid and still a capable starting mid laner. The rest of the roster has also looked solid in their own rights.
So, instead of a change or addition to the roster, SANDBOX simply needs to find their consistency as a team. Both bot lane tandems have the potential to be top pairings in the LCK while top laner Park “Summit” Woo-tae and jungler Kim “OnFleek” Jang-gyeom are both capable of becoming the best players in their respective positions. If the team can find some level of consistency and play at the level of their 2019 selves, then SANDBOX could be back in playoff contention.
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