In the world of League of Legends Support players, there are few as famous as the Korean Hong “MadLife” Min-gi. While others have achieved more during their careers spanning the same amount of time, MadLife and his amazing hooks on Blitzcrank and Thresh is what League of Legends fans think of when the role of Support is brought up. Despite finding himself out of luck in recent times, MadLife was still elected to attend the recent All Stars event in Spain.
Having left the organization he’s been playing for for more than 4 years, CJ Entus, MadLife wasn’t quickly snapped up by some other Korean team to compete in the LCK. While it’s true that MadLife hasn’t been like the Support God of old in recent times, most Western fans idolized the player, expecting him to find a spot in a good team and return to his old form. It turns out that it wasn’t to be, however. With the League of Legends offseason coming to a close, GodLife was still teamless, at least until now. Reportedly, the Korean Support joined Gold Coin United, coached by his former teammate, Choi “Locodoco” Yoon-sup.
The news that MadLife finally has a team would be good, if not for the fact that Gold Coin United, the team he’s to play for, will compete in NA Challenger Series, a huge step down from the LCK. Hell, even if GCU had a godly Spring Split and managed to qualify for the NA LCS, it would likely still be a meh place to be for a player of MadLife’s pedigree.
What can’t be denied, however, is that Gold Coin United found themselves with a roster that looks somewhat out of place in Challenger Series. Why? Let’s look at it. Colin “Solo” Earnest in Top, Lucas “Santorin” Tao Kilmer Larsen. In the Jungle, Kim “FeniX” Jae-hun in Mid, Samuel “Rikara” Oh as ADC and MadLife himself as Support. Solo and Rikara is a little bit out of place in a roster that would look to be at home in a mediocre NA LCS squad, however, it has to be pointed out that the Korean rookie AD Carry, Rikara, should massively benefit from playing with GodLife. The roster Gold Coin United managed to get seems to be ready to face their Challenger Series opponents and maybe even get out of there, qualifying for the LCS.
While his new team is almost like the graveyard where old elephants go to die, it could also rejuvenate his career. Playing in an inferior league could allow MadLife to get back his legendary confidence, in turn making him one of the best mechanical Supports in the world. The League of Legends scene would be all the better for it.