With the LCK Summer Promotion tournament wrapped up, all the LCK teams except SK Telecom T1 will have a short break before the action starts once again. During that time, some teams will be looking to make upgrades to their roster. With players around the world that are looking for a chance to play in the LCK once again, there’s going to be a lot to choose from.
So for a special edition of the OP 5, let’s take a look at which players that are either in Challengers, without a team or a substitute on a team could be worth picking up for these teams.
Top: Lee “SoaR” Gang-pyo (VSG)
For fans that follow Challengers Korea or simply watch the Promotion tournaments, SoaR should be fairly familiar name. He first qualified with Team BattleComics (now SANDBOX Gaming) in the LCK 2019 Spring Promotion tournament. But before competing in the LCK, he would leave the team and join challengers team VSG.
Despite the team failing to qualify for LCK in the recent LCK Summer Promotion tournament, SoaR looked good throughout the tournament. While the reason for his departure from Team BattleComics is still unknown, one thing is certain. SoaR is good enough and deserves a shot in the LCK and would be a great pickup for any team looking to make an upgrade in the top lane.
Jungle: Park “Blossom” Beom-chan (Teamless)
While Blossom has been missing competitive play since his time on SK Telecom T1, he is a jungler that could be worth taking a risk on for a team in need of an upgrade in the jungle. While his performance on SKT wasn’t amazing, Blossom did show a lot of potential as a solid aggressive jungler. On top of that, he’s still a fairly young player (turning 20 this year) and can clearly still improve.
If a team were to pick him up, it could prove to be a huge upgrade if Blossom can continue to improve as he did near the end of his time on SKT. Even if he were to struggle initially, Blossom could still be worth keeping around as a sub so that he can improve through scrims and working with coaches. Whether Blossom ends up being an immediate upgrade or a good long term project, it’s time for him to find a team once again.
Mid: Lee “Kuzan” Seong-hyeok (ES Sharks)
Kuzan is a player that most longtime fans for the LCK should be familiar with. Despite failing to defeat his former team in Jin Air Green Wings and qualifying for LCK, Kuzan showed that he is still a very capable mid laner.
Much like SoaR, Kuzan has shown that he’s simply too good for Challengers and would be a solid upgrade for many teams in the LCK. Along with that, Kuzan brings a great veteran presence to the team and could prove to be a great leader for a young team. With quite a few teams in the LCK that could use an upgrade in the mid lane, this could be Kuzan’s chance to make his return to the LCK and compete against some of the best in Korea once again.
ADC: Kim “Veritas” Kyoung-min (VSG)
One position that took a big hit during the off-season was ADC. With the likes of Kim “PraY” Jong-in retiring and Ha “Kramer” Jong-hun heading over to China, there was a distinct lack of solid ADC free agents. The issue remains the same now which provides Veritas a solid chance and making a return to the LCK.
While it’s hard to see Veritas matching up well against the likes of Park “Teddy” Jin-seong or Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk, he’ll still be a solid upgrade for quite a few teams (looking at you KT Rolster). Along with that, Veritas could be a solid mentor for younger ADCs within a team’s roster moving forward as well.
Support: Ryu “Hoit” Ho-seong (DAMWON Gaming)
With DAMWON Gaming starting Cho “BeryL” Geon-hee in the support position for most of the team’s playoff run, Hoit could be a potential buyout target for teams in need of a support. While Hoit has been inconsistent for most of the season, he is still a fairly young player with room to grow.
If paired with the right ADC, Hoit could make huge improvements and become one of the top supports in the region. For this to happen though, Hoit will need full playtime, something he won’t get on DAMWON. As a result, he would be a great pickup for some teams, especially as a long term investment.
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