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kurO Joins afreeca Freecs

December 7, 2016 - News

The last of the players from the ROX Tigers lineup, which made the Semifinals of League of Legends World Championship 2016, where they lost in one of the best best of 5 series in League of Legends history against SK Telecom T1, has found a new home. Lee “kurO”Seo-haeng, responsible for playing Mid Lane on his last team, joined afreeca Freecs, a middle of the pack LCK team which finished the last season in 5th place and released its roster to start anew. kurO is one of the two players currently signed to the team, together with Ha “Kramer” Jong-hoon, a South Korean AD Carry.

Similar to his former Bot Lane teammates, kurO did not join a serious LCK Championship title contender. His star teammates, Song “Smeb” Kyung-ho and Han “Peanut” Wang-ho, on the other hand, cleaned up in a massive way in the offseason. Peanut went to the reigning World Champions, SK Telecom T1, while Smeb got to join the up and coming superstar roster of KT Rolster. Both of the ROX Tigers’ stars are likely to have much more success than the rest of their former teammates. That is the way life is sometimes, however.

While the former ROX Tigers Bot Lane, Kim “PraY” Jong-in and Kang “GorillA” Beom-hyeon joined Longzhu together, they might have found better opportunities if they were willing to separate, especially PraY, who was shown interest to from teams all over the World. GorillA, however, didn’t enjoy similar interest, despite playing very well in the 2016 World Championship.

The weakest member of the former ROX Tigers was probably kurO. Thankfully, he also gained a lot of valuable international experience with his former team. It’s likely that this was one of the main reasons why he was picked instead of more talented, but less experienced Mid Lane rivals. Don’t get us wrong, even though we’re saying that kurO was the weakest player on ROX Tigers, we aren’t saying that he’s bad. On a team like that, even the weak link is usually stronger than most players in the world. Sharing a position with Faker in the God’s own region also doesn’t make it easy to get recognized as the best of anything like that. With all of that in mind, kurO has a lot of room to grow. Without the pressure to win titles, he might actually blossom into one of the straight up best Mid Laners in Korea and, naturally, the world.