Saturday, January 22

Gen.G Reportedly Signs Doran, Peanut, Chovy, and Lehends

Gen.G is seemingly not content with their Top 4 finish at this year’s Worlds which is why they’ve opted for a thorough restructuring. This venerable LCK giant is reportedly on the verge of signing Choi “Doran” Hyeon-joon (of Griffin and DRX fame), Han “Peanut” Wang-ho, Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon, and Son “Lehends” Si-woo. If things pan out as expected, these four titans will join ADC legend Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk for the 2022 competitive season.

What a truly spectacular roster, one that will, no doubt, compete for a spot at the very top of the LCK. Three former Griffin players (all of which are absurdly talented), one of the best Korean junglers of all time, and a mid lane behemoth. A Korean esports journalist first reported this, and, well, we certainly hope his sources are correct as we’d love to see this lineup in action!

It Had to Happen

The fact that Gen.G has just parted ways with their excellent jungler Kim “Clid” Tae-min only further corroborates this rumor. Now, the fact that Gen.G wants to sign Chovy instead of Gwak “Bdd” Bo-seong — a legend who has just a spectacular showing at Worlds — says one thing very clearly. They’re well aware that their previous lineup has hit its peak and that huge, sweeping changes need to happen for Gen.G to stand a chance of leaving a mark in the LCK. 

They’ve been stellar on paper, but they were never stronger than the sum of their parts for some odd reason. There was always a ceiling, a limit to their potential, and we’re glad that they’ve opted to retain Ruler and rebuild the entire lineup around him. Now, Ruler isn’t exactly as good as he was back in 2017, but he’s not past his prime and still has a few good years left in him.

We’re still a few weeks away from the 2022 competitive season, and yet the upcoming LCK Spring Split already looks like a devilishly good time! DWG KIA will reportedly lose at least some of their players. T1 has re-signed Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok and has shown tremendous potential at Worlds, while Gen.G is working on a superteam of their own. Even teams like Afreeca could enter 2022 with renewed vigor, swinging for the fences and hoping for the best.

The fact that three LCK teams reached the semifinals at Worlds should make one thing clear: the LCK dynasty could soon be rebuilt.

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