Following Philadelphia 76ers purchasing Team Dignitas and APEX, League of Legends fans were excited to see what moves the org was going to make in order to make a big entrance in their new venture. Before today, it was clear that the 76ers are taking seriously their duty to promote Team Dignitas, because they actually advertised it during their home NBA games. That didn’t mean that the team was serious about actually winning LCS games. Well, with the recent roster news, those worries could be put to rest, because DIG is signing Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho and Lee “Chaser” Sang-hyun, former LCK players from KT Rolster and Longzhu Gaming respectively.
With a Top Laner and Jungler taken care off, DIG would need a Bot Lane and a Mid, if not for the fact that their current Mid Laner, Lae-Young “Keane” Jang has been playing in NA for over two years, thus not counting as an import. That only leaves the Bottom Lane, whose contracts expired on the 20th of November. There’ve been rumors that DIG’s people talked to Jason “WildTurtle” Tran. If he was to sign with Team Dignitas, there might have been a chance that he would have played with his old teammate from TSM, Alex “Xpecial” Chu. Alas, that was not to be, as WildTurtle signed with Team SoloMid.
As for the two new Koreans, let’s talk about them more. While the former KT Rolster Top Laner, Ssumday, is known as one of the best Top Laners in the world, he is also wavy and prone to choke in important matches. Still, Team Dignitas is no Team SoloMid, they have to get themselves in the position to play those matches in the first place. In a region where good native Top Laners are a rarity, Ssumday should be a very good choice, especially when you remember that he’s been rumoured to be in talks with SK Telecom T1, the three-time World Champions.
Where Ssumday is a superstar Top Laner, Chaser has a much lower profile. Still, he’s played professional League of Legends since October 2013, starting his career in Jin Air Green Wings and finishing his LCK career at Longzhu Gaming. Even though Chaser is not on the level of the notorious Korean Junglers, his still should at least match most NA native Junglers, making him a good choice for the team.
If we went with the theory of Korean players being universally better than their Western competition, Team Dignitas should be hands down the best team in the Western Hemisphere. After all, they do have three South Korean players on their main roster due to the LCS rule which states that a foreign player doesn’t count as an import if he’s been playing in the region for two years. When DIG clears up their bot lane, we will be able to evaluate the team’s strength effectively. For now, it’s much too early. Still, the team is off to a good start.