After a spring segment of LEC – the European Championship of League of Legends – far from living up to its ambitions (elimination in the second round of play offs), Vitality adjusts. The French club formalized this Monday evening information revealed almost a month ago by the specialized media Upcomer: the Polish jungler Oskar “Selfmade” Boderek will lose his starting place, in favor of the South Korean Min-seung ” Haru » Kang.
A change that surprised many: in addition to having extended with the club until 2024 a few weeks ago (in order to be aligned with the rest of the workforce, he who had a short contract) , Selfmade is considered one of the best players in the LEC in his position. He has also taken Vitality to some success since joining a year ago.
Bo, a bet in addition to Haru
But the group, disagreeing with his way of seeing the game, accused him of a form of individualism. For good or bad, the Pole took up a lot of space in the team’s results. To find a strong collective unity and an identity that was lacking in the training led by Luka “Perkz” Perkovic, the captain and his teammates asked for the integration of a new jungler. Discarded, Selfmade will have to find another club.
If Duncan “Skeanz” Marquet, very good with the Vitality reserve in the spring, was considered, the team preferred Haru to him. Replacing Chan-yong “Ambition” Kang at Samsung in 2017, in the workforce of the world champion team, the latter evolved more recently within the British structure X7, winner of its national championship in the spring. He was the main architect of this success.
Haru is not alone, since Vitality has also formalized the recruitment of another jungler, the Chinese Zhou “Bo” Yang-Bo. A surprising bet but with great potential. Considered one of the biggest talents in the world in his post a little over a year ago at FunPlus Phoenix (the world champion club in 2019), he was suspended for a few months for being linked to a case. match-fixing, mainly in the Chinese academy league. On the sidelines since, he will seek to relaunch in Europe. Also in Shanghai, where pandemic restrictions are still significant, he is currently practicing his English before joining Vitality likely in mid-summer. It is not said that he will take Haru’s place before 2023.
With this significant change, Vitality will still present a team capable, on paper, of fighting for the title in the LEC. It remains to be seen whether Haru’s integration into the five will be enough to show a completely different face in competition. That of a contender for qualification for the Worlds, the number one objective of a club which has invested a lot to achieve it.
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