After Unicorns of Love managed to defeat NA’s Team SoloMid and Flash Wolves to win IEM XI Oakland, they announced that their current roster was to stay the same coming into the 2017 Spring Split. Just days later, things seem to have changed after UOL announced on Facebook that their starting Jungler, Kang “Move” Min-su is a free agent on 26 November.
Prior to joining Unicorns of Love, Move was part of Gravity Gaming, the Challenger series branch of Curse. When Gravity qualified for the LCS, it was purchased by Rick Fox and rebranded to Echo Fox, while Team Curse merged with Team Liquid. Playing for Gravity Gaming, Move was awarded as the Outstanding Rookie of the 2015 NA LCS Summer Split. Once the team moved to the hands of Rick Fox, Move wasn’t kept on the roster, leaving the team on the 27th of December, 2015.
For five months, until the 19th of May, 2016, Move didn’t have a team to play for until joining Unicorns of Love, replacing Jean-Victor “loulex” Burgevin. With him on the roster, Unicorns went from the 6th place in 2016 Spring to 2016 Summer to 4th in Summer. They almost qualified for the World Championship, only losing to Splyce. In the last Split he played, Move played champions like Rek’Sai, Elise, Gragas, Nidalee, and Hecarim, only failing to win more than 50% of his games on Nidalee and, strangely, Rek’Sai, despite it being his most played Jungler. He did get his winrate on that champion up in the 2016 Summer Playoffs, winning four out of the six times he played the champion.
According to an ESPN report by Jacob Wolf, Move should be replaced by the Romanian Jungler, Andrei “Xerxe” Dragomir. This player played for the first Turkish eSports organization to exist, Dark Passage, in the past, joining it on the 2nd of June, 2016 and helping them to win TCL Summer 2016. Following the triumph, the team tried to qualify for Worlds through the International Wildcard Tournament, but weren’t successful. Following this, Xerxe left the team.
Just like most Challenger level Junglers, Xerxe is competent on Elise, Nidalee, Hecarim and most other meta Jungle champs. Compared to Move, however, he might lack experience. Still, it’s quite likely that his coordination with the team should be better than Move’s due to better English skills, mostly found in Europeans, when compared to Korean players. Hopefully, the roster changes turns out well for Unicorns.
This roster swap is not set in stone. Riot Games still have to approve it. It is quite likely that the intention to sign Xerxe is legit, as Unicorns said in their Facebook announcement that they have a player who recently turned 17 set to join their team, pending Riot’s approval. Xerxe’s birthday was on November 5th. He turned 17. Let’s hope he gets approved and is mature enough to deal with the pressures of pro gaming. Lending credence to the report is the fact that Xerxe was seen playing two games in a row with UOL’s Tamás “Vizicsacsi” Kiss.