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League of Legends • Jul 01, 2019

LoL pro Mikeyeung joins new team following sudden Team Liquid exit

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LoL pro Mikeyeung joins new team following sudden Team Liquid exit
ESPN Esports, Phoenix 1

First making a splash in competitive League of Legends in 2017, pro player Mike "Mikeyeung" Yeung has made a number of roster moves over the ensuing years - and now, he’s joined forces with another esports giant in a sudden, major change of pace.

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Esports organization Echo Fox uploaded an announcement video on June 30, where they unveiled their newest player in a humorous skit: Mikeyeung, who was concealed in a box of “merchandise.”

The video went on to officially announce Mikeyeung as a new LoL recruit on their squad - an opportunity that the player claims he’s “really excited about,” as it gives him the chance at competing in the League of Legends Championship Series.

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“Really excited to be playing back in LCS with Echo Fox,” the pro wrote in a Tweet shortly thereafter. “Gonna show NA watsup with my high tempo jungling that we need to beat EU, like in 2017 RR 🤣”

That wasn’t Mike’s only reaction to the news: the player went on to give a heartfelt thanks to Team Liquid, who published a brief post on their short time with the pro.

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“Really Grateful for the Team Liquid Org, and I cannot express it with words alone,” Mike said of his move. “I love you guys so much! ...Shoutout to the TLA boys, It was so much fun playing together some really great memories, so awesome to play on a team with all your friends!”

While fans across the board were surprised at the news, many wished Mikeyeung success with his new team, with some claiming that they would miss the pro’s performance with Team Liquid in wake of his departure.

“Damn, really gonna miss him on TL, but EchoFox definitely needs a Jungler and I hope MikeYeung can be the permanent starter they need!” one user said of the switch.

“Awww yay, he’s finally moving up,” another wrote.

As one player enters, another player leaves - former Echo Fox jungler Yoonjae Lee announced his departure from the org the same day, marking a tumultuous day for the esports giant that has since seen star fighting game player Dominique “Sonic Fox” McLean take the CEO Mortal Kombat 11 Championship belt just hours after Lee’s announcement.

It looks like fans and players alike are excited for Mikeyeung’s move, which will undoubtedly bear fruit as the LCS continues into the summer months.