Team Liquid’s League of Legends support player, Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in, has been crowned the 2019 LCS Spring MVP. The award winner was announced during the broadcast of the Spring finals. The news comes as no surprise, as he was seen as one of the favorites to win the award.
CoreJJ transferred to North America after playing in Korea for the last 4 years. The former League of Legends world champion once played on NA organization Dignitas as an ADC. He didn’t find much success on the role, so he transitioned to support after joining Samsung Galaxy. It proved to be immensely successful, as he was part of the roster that won the 2017 World Championships.
After his team failed to get out of groups at the 2018 World Championship, the CoreJJ left the team to look for new opportunities.
The other most likely candidates to win the award were his teammate, Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng, and TSM mid-laner Soren “Bjergsen” Bjerg. Core also finished the split tied in first place on Player of the Game standings with Lee “Crown” Min-ho and Henrik “Froggen” Hansen.
Back in Korea, CoreJJ was highly praised for his mechanics and decision-making. Making the move back to the LCS, he seems to have brought his skills with him. The question of a language barrier was always present, but it doesn’t seem to have been a problem at all. He was easily regarded as the best support player during the regular season.
It helps that his Team Liquid squad held firmly to first place from the start of the split. While the team did struggle in the final few weeks of the regular season, they made quick work of FlyQuest with a sweep in the semifinals.
At the time of this writing, Team Liquid are engaged with TSM in the 2019 LCS Spring finals. The winner will get the chance to represent their region at this year’s MSI in Vietnam and Chinese Taipei. The recap of that series will be posted here shortly.
Vince Koyle is an esports writer, tech nerd and future CompSci student. He often likes to compare traditional sports to esports, showing his love for both kinds. Also tends to sometimes try too hard with explaining what esports is and how it isn’t any different than traditional sports. He mainly covers the League of Legends scene, with an emphasis on European and Asian leagues.