The powerhouse region of South Korea has locked in its League of Legends lineup for the 2018 Asian Games.
The roster is as follows:
- Top Lane – Kim “Kiin” Gi-in from Afreeca Freecs
- Jungle – Go “Score” Dong-bin from KT Rolster / Han “Peanut” Wang-ho from Kingzone DragonX
- Mid Lane – Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok from SK Telecom T1
- AD Carry – Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk from Gen. G
- Support – Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in from Gen. G
The head coach for the national team will be Choi “Edgar” Woo-beom, who coaches Team Gen. G in the Korean League of Legends Champions League, known as the LCK. The roster was chosen by the Korean strategy committee.
In the top lane, the Korean team has chosen Kim “Kiin” Gi-in. Although a rookie in the LCK, Kiin had a great 2018 Spring Split and was an integral part of the Afreeca Freecs playoff push. He is considered to be very underrated and has shown many signs of becoming a top laner to watch out for next season. Kiin also has a decently large champion pool to choose from, which gives Korea flexibility with its picks.
Go “Score” Dong-bin and Han “Peanut” Wang-ho are the chosen junglers for the national team, which leads us to believe that they will be sharing games throughout the tournament. Amongst junglers who played 30 or more games, Peanut and Score were first and second respectively in terms of kill-death ratio (KDA). They have consistently been the best junglers in the region (and two of the world’s best).
There is no surprise to see Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok as the mid-laner for the Korean national League of Legends team. Considered to be the best League of Legends player to ever play the game, not having Faker at the front lines would have been a travesty. It will be exciting to see how Score and Faker synergize together. There is sure to be many exciting plays between those two in the mid lane.
The only question mark, if any, is in the bottom lane with Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk and Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in. This is not saying that Ruler and CoreJJ are not talented players. It is obvious that synergy was the focus for the bottom lane. However, I cannot help but mention duos such as Kim “PraY” Jong-in and Kang “GorillA” Beom-hyeon. PraY was the second best AD Carry in the LCK last season and the synergy between him and GorillA is unmatched.
South Korea has always been a juggernaut at any international event. This will not be any different, with the best players the nation has to offer coming out to fight for their country. It will be very fun to watch the exciting plays that this star-studded team will show off when the Asian Games begin on August 18.
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