Seven teams analyzed, three more to go. With some of the big-name players already signed away, how did the final three teams do with their new rosters? With their first big tournament coming up with KeSPA Cup 2019 on December 23rd, how will these rosters look?
Players that likely won’t see any playtime won’t be included in rosters listed.
Top: Kim “Kiin” Gi-in (no change)
Jungle: Lee “Dread” Jin-hyeok (no change)
Mid: Song “Fly” Yong-jun (previously Son “Ucal” Woo-hyeon)
ADC: Jin “Mystic” Seong-jun (previously Kim “Aiming” Ha-ram)
Support: Son “Jelly” Ho-gyeong (previously Park “Senan” Hee-seok as well)
Through the whole offseason, Afreeca Freecs may have pulled off the most surprising move as they were able to bring former Team WE ADC Mystic back to Korea where he last played for Jin Air Falcons in 2014. Along with keeping Kiin on the roster, Afreeca Freecs will likely be a contender to win it all this season. While the loss of Senan and Ucal are some slight downgrades, Afreeca will still be a huge threat as long as they play around Kiin and Mystic. Along with that, if Dread can improve more going into this season, Afreeca could take games off the likes of Gen.G and DragonX.
With all that being said, Afreeca will still live and die by how consistent the whole team can perform, something that arguably cost them a trip to the 2019 World Championships. As such it’ll be interesting to see how they do to start of LCK Spring 2020.
Top: Jeon “Ikssu” Ik-soo (no change)
Jungle: Sung “Flawless” Yeon-jun (previously Lee “KaKAO” Byung-kwon)
Mid: Kim “Cover” Joo-eon and Hae “HaeSeong” Seong-ho (new)
ADC: Kim “Trigger” Eui-joo and Lee “HyBriD” Woo-jin (new)
Support: Park “Secret” Ki-sun and Choi “Mia” Sang-in (new)
APK Prince comes into their first season of the LCK with one notable change and plenty of new substitute players. With veteran jungler KaKAO leaving the team, APK brought on Flawless, who previously played for JD Gaming in China. While this was a risky change, it could pay off if the team can ensure that Flawless is consistent and is able to play at a top level. However, the lack of change is worrying for the team with multiple LCK teams making huge upgrades and changes around them.
Make no mistake, APK made it into the LCK fairly easily, but they’re nowhere near the level of the Griffins and DAMWON Gamings of the world that came before them. Unless the roster can show they have another level to their play, their time in the LCK could be fairly short.
Top: Choi “Sword” Sung-won and Park “Untara” Ui-jin (new, replacing Choi “Doran” Hyeon-joon)
Jungle: Lee “Tarzan” Seung-yong (no change)
Mid: Shin “Rather” Hyeong-seop (previously on loan to Flash Wolves) and Yoo “Naehyun” Nae-hyun (previously Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon)
ADC: Park “Viper” Do-hyeon (no change)
Support: Jeong “Kabbie” Sang-hyeon (previously Son “Lehends” Si-woo)
After an off-season filled with controversy, the former Griffin roster has been taken apart and only three remain. From these three, Tarzan and Viper will have a tough road ahead of them in attempting to ensure the team can remain at the same level as before. With Rather and Naehyun having to take over for Chovy and former substitute Kabbie having to take over for Lehends, Griffin could be one of the worst teams in the 2020 season. While they should have what it takes to remain out of relegation, this team will likely only go as far as Viper and Tarzan can take them.
So while it will be interesting to see how far this Griffin roster can go, the lingering thoughts of what could have been if the old roster was kept together will always haunt them.
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