Little by little the guys from the ROX Tigers team that managed to fight it’s way to the Semifinals of Worlds 2016 are finding their ways to new teams. Despite rumors that the former ROX Tigers’ Support, Kang “GorillA” Beom-hyeon is in talks with NA’s Immortals, it’s been announced recently that the player is going to be playing for Longzhu Gaming in the next season together with his lane partner, Kim “PraY” Jong-in. In other news, NA’s Team Liquid roster is taking shape in the offseason according to reports, with the team’s star AD Carry, Chae “Piglet” Gwang-jin being promoted to the LCS roster once again and its Mid Laner, Kim “FeniX” Jae-hun sat down on the bench in favor of Greyson “Goldenglue” Gilmer.
While Longzhu Gaming released most of its staff and roster to rebuild, the signing of PraY and GorillA should serve as a decent stepping stone in their search for a new roster. While these two bot lane players aren’t the best in the world or even the LCK, They should be good enough to build a decent, stable team, set to stick around the middle of the standings, not really contesting Championships, yet not risking relegation either. Different from their teammates with more star power like Song “Smeb” Kyung-ho and Yoon “Peanut” Wang-ho, who joined KT Rolster and SK Telecom T1 respectively, PraY and GorillA probably won’t have a chance to fight for trophies on Longzhu, despite being the best in the world. Even the Korean pool of talent isn’t big enough to build one more world class team, unfortunately.
Team Liquid, on the other hand, is building something quite strong for themselves in 2017. If the rumors floating around the scene pan out, the org will have the roster of Samson “Lourlo” Jackson, Kim “Reignover” Ui-jin, Goldenglue, Piglet, and Matt “Matt” Elento playing for them in the LCS. Their Jungler is probably an improvement in both skill and attitude from whom they had last season, Piglet should be much better than their current AD Carry, Phil “Jynthe” Vu, if his difficult character improved over the break and his stay in Team Liquid Academy. It’s hard to say whether Goldenglue will prove to be an improvement over FeniX. While Koreans are usually thought to be better than Western players, Goldenglue is no star, so far. Of course, he might take the chance to play, work his ass off and prove to be the NA Bjergsen. We will just have to wait and see.
Alright, this is it for today’s League of Legends roster change news. Where some teams already have their starting five ready to go, Longzhu is only beginning, albeit quite promisingly. Liquid are seemingly successfully combining the players available to them into a promising team that could stand a good chance of competing for top spots. Admittedly, the top spots Liquid could compete for would be in the NA LCS and not tournaments like Worlds. They have a long way to go before they can hope for that.