Team Liquid recently won its third straight LCS championship during the 2019 Spring Split and now they’re on to the MSI Invitational Tournament. No other team in North America has been able to get the best of them and their confidence is at an all time high. This feeling is a fair one, considering how much talent they have on their roster. As a result, all five members were named to the 1st and 2nd LCS All-Pro teams after the Spring Split. In fact, Jo ‘CoreJJ’ Yong-in, was the winner of the most prestigious award, the Spring MVP.
The Most Valuable Support in North America
CoreJJ has put together an incredible string of performances on his new team, Team Liquid. Not only were his statistics great, but he was a driving force in his team’s success. As a result, Team Liquid were able to tie Cloud9 for the best record in the Spring Split. CoreJJ was also key in their incredible 7-0 start to the season, along with his partner in crime, Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng. Their synergy is second to none in North America, and it certainly showed in their statistics.
Spring Split Record: 14-4 | K/D/A: 6.07 | KPAR: 74.9% | Best Champion: Braum (3-0)
For CoreJJ, it’s important to be relevant in all situations of the game. This usually means he’s seeking an opportunity to make a play whenever available. More often than not, he connects on said plays and Doublelift greatly benefits from them.
It’s very rare to see CoreJJ dive too deep or play too passive. His incredible game knowledge allows him to position himself perfectly for potential fighting opportunities. If an enemy makes a mistake, CoreJJ punishes them for it, resulting in a 6.07 K/D/A, an LCS high among supports. Also, his duo partner Doublelift received the same honors by posting a 7.43 K/D/A through the Spring Split. It was very clear that their dominance in the bottom lane would be enough to get them through the spring season with ease.
Spring Playoffs Record: 6-2 | K/D/A 4.71 | KPAR: 75.5% | Best Champion: Tahm Kench (3-0)
Not only did CoreJJ help Team Liquid dominate the Spring Split, but his performance throughout the Spring Playoffs proved why he was the MVP. His play-making, ward coverage and champion selections were all big reasons why Team Liquid were crowned champions.
Though his K/D/A dropped, CoreJJ was able to make up for it by covering the map with wards. This vision allowed for them to play more aggressive if needed and set up ganks with ease. If their efforts were bested, CoreJJ knew when to sacrifice himself to save the rest of his team.
His relaxed demeanor was also key in the success of Team Liquid’s bot lane. CoreJJ has never been one to get tilted or even frustrated with how any game goes. Instead, he makes the necessary adjustments and does his best to keep his team in the game. This was seen during their come from behind victory against Team SoloMid in the Spring Finals. After being down 2-0, CoreJJ and the rest of his teammates were able to stay calm and play their game, resulting in a reverse sweep.
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