It’s been rumoured that H2k-Gaming, the team which went farthest into the World Championship 2016 from Europe, reaching the Semifinals, where they lost to Samsung Galaxy, lost both of their AD Carries earlier in the preseason. Now, they are also making changes in the Mid Lane by replacing Yoo “Ryu” Sang-wook with Fabien “Febiven” Diepstraten.
The European Mid Laner got truly famous playing on the then dominant Fnatic team, after he performed an amazing Shurima Shuffle for a Quadra kill on Azir. Ryu’s claim to fame, however, comes from featuring in the best 1v1 play of all time back in his days playing in Korea, where Ryu lost a Zed mirror duel (when League was young, the last game of a best of series was played in Blind pick in Korea) against Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, catapulting Faker into superstardom.
It might be possible that H2K wanted to keep their Korean Mid but couldn’t, forcing them to look for a replacement, however, it’s hard to know. Maybe, they thought that Febiven is an upgrade over Ryu. It is hard to tell whether that’s the case or not, to be honest. It’s very likely that both players are around equal in in-game skill, however, there is the factor of communication to consider. As a rule, Europeans are usually better at communicating in English than Koreans. This might have been a big factor in replacing Ryu with Febiven.
Funnily enough, Febiven has already played for H2k-Gaming for 7 months prior to moving to Fnatic in January, 2015. It seems as if he knows where he’s going, familiar with the organization at least somewhat due to his past endeavors. Hopefully, he can bring his new team to heights unachievable with Fnatic over the last couple of LCS splits.
Surrounding Febiven in the Mid Lane, H2k-Gaming currently have Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu in the Top Lane, Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski in the Jungle, and Oskar “VandeR” Bogdan, whose contract expires o1 11/20/2017. Noticeably, H2K need an AD Carry to round out their roster before the 2017 EU LCS Spring Split starts. With Ryu out of the team, they could be targeting Korean Marksmen, though even if they kept Ryu, they could still sign one more Korean because the rest of their team doesn’t count as exports.
It’s somewhat hard to tell if Febiven will turn out to be an improvement over Ryu, however, the team decided that it’s their best chance to win games going forward. Let’s support their decision, shall we?