The forerunner in the reporting of League of Legends roster move extravaganza, ESPN’s Jacob Wolf has recently published an article claiming that Phoenix1, the team which got the former Immortals Support, Adrian “Adrian” Ma, to play for them, are to sign a couple of Korean players to round out their roster for 2017. Reportedly, Ryu “Ryu” Sang-wook and No “Arrow” Dong-hyeon are set to join the NA team to shore up its strength coming into the 2017 NA LCS Spring Split.
Phoenix1 already has a Mid, South Korean Choi “Pirean” Jun-Sik, however, let’s be honest here, getting the chance to choose between Pirean and Ryu, most teams would jump at the chance to make the switch, especially when their previous split was fraught with woes of relegation. While Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten might be considered to be an upgrade in terms of skill if not personality over Ryu, Pirean is not. In this light, the move by Phoenix1 seems to be a very good idea. It will be very interesting to see how Ryu fares against the NA Faker, Soren “Bjergsen” Bjerg. Pirean is not to be without a job if the rumors turn out to be true, however. According to sources cited by Wolf, he’s to be still signed to the team in a substitute capacity.
The second player to join Phoenix1, Arrow, comes from KT Rolster, where he’s been playing in the AD Carry position for years, having joined the organisation in February, 2014. While KT Rolster could never actually win the LCK with Arrow on the team, they did place very high. Being a stable part of one of the best teams in Korea, Arrow should definitely raise Phoenix1’s game to new heights, if Adrian can actually start playing meta champions instead of his favorite 4 (Soraka, Janna, Nami, Karma, with occasional Bard thrown in) once the meta inevitably changes to make them subpar.
If the Jacob Wolf’s report turns out to be true, the Phoenix1 team should start the LCS with Derek “zig” Shao in the Top Lane, Rami “Inori” Charagh in the Jungle, Ryu in Mid Lane, Arrow as ADC, and Adrian on Support.While it’s still not the strongest NA team ever assembled by any means, they should definitely manage to place higher than the 8th place in the Regular Season. Hopefully, if they defeat Team SoloMid next time, fans won’t meme about it for days, taking it as a surprising, yet sensible result.