The League of Legends preseason is a gift that just keeps on giving. Just after the conclusion of the World Championship 2016, the Paris Saint-Germain football club announced their eSports department. The team’s League of Legends squad was to be headed by a legendary League veteran, Bora “YellOwStaR” Kim.
Seeing as the new Paris Saint Germain LoL team only has a spot in the Challenger Series, it was always unlikely to expect the team to burst into the European LoL scene by making waves, outspending every other team in the region to get the best they could for the next season. After all, the potential would be wasted in the Challenger Series. Instead, PSG has to get together a roster that would be good enough to ensure that they play in the Summer Split of the 2017 EU LCS. For that, middle of the pack pros with some competitive play experience should do just fine.
So far, it seems like the management of PSG, including Bora Kim as well, think along the same lines, if an ESPN report by Jacob Wolf is to be believed. Citing understandably unnamed sources, the reporter alleges that instead of splurging for stars, they are signing a couple of Korean carries, both Mid and AD. The first, Na “Pilot” Woo-Hyung is an almost 21 year old AD, who’s been playing Jin Air Green Wings since April 2014. The team finished fourth in the 2016 LCK Spring Split, losing to SK Telecom T1 1:3 in the final matches of that Split. The following split went worse for them, they only placed 7th.
The other player to be signed also comes from Jin Air Green Wings, however, he was not a member of their main roster for most of the season, only having the title of sub, occasionally playing instead of Lee “Kuzan” Seong-hyuk. PSG’s alleged new Mid is Jin “Blanc” Sung-min, who started his pro career a year ago, on Jin Air Green Wings. He only played 8 games in his career, winning four of them. With his relative inexperience in mind, PSG would be showing Blanc a lot of trust by allowing him to be a part of their main roster. Of course, it’s still Challenger Series. The competition will probably be much less fierce than it is on LCK. Blanc could very well grow into his own and carry the team to the EU LCS.
In other news, even though most of the roster of Splyce were looking to try their luck as free agents, offers weren’t really forthcoming or just unattractive, causing the whole roster to resign with the Splyce org. So, we will see Martin “Wunder” Hansen, Jonas “Trashy” Anderson, Chres “Sencux” Laursen, Kasper “Kobbe” Kobberup, and Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle enter the Rift in the Spring Split, trying to continue the upwards trend they showed in 2016. While the team seems to have improved their macro play in the Spring Split and mechanics in Summer last season, they can hopefully keep growing in both directions in the next, becoming a force in European League of Legends.