100 Thieves LoL set to sign two-time world champion and SKT legend, confirm addition of CLG star - Dexerto
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100 Thieves LoL set to sign two-time world champion and SKT legend, confirm addition of CLG star

Published: 22/Nov/2018 10:08 Updated: 22/Nov/2018 16:05

by Calum Patterson

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100 Thieves have confirmed the signing of Choi ‘Huhi’ Jae-hyun to their League of Legends roster for the 2019 season, with former world champion Bae ‘Bang’ Jun-sik also expected to join.

Mid-laner Huhi reunites with his former teammate Zaqueri ‘aphromoo’ Black, which fans will remember as a formidable duo under CLG for over two years, and are known to be close friends.

Moving on from CLG after three years of service, Huhi has also now moved permanently to the US, after obtaining his green card in July and Riot granting him immediate residency per the interregional movement policy.

Two time world champion Bang has not been officially announced by 100 Thieves yet, but EPSN reports that it is a done deal as he joins other Korean speakers Kim ‘Ssumday’ Chan-ho (who just signed a 2-year contract extension) and Huhi.

Bang will replace the outgoing Cody Sun and Samuel “Rikara” Oh, with the former linked with a move to rivals OpTic Gaming.

The Korean’s contract with SK Telecom T1 expired on Monday, November 19, closing the curtain on five years of service. In response to ESPN’s report that he is joining 100 Thieves, Bang said on Twitter “Really?? :)”

With Huhi coming in, former mid-laner Ryu ‘Ryu’ Sang-wook is taking up a position as Assistant Coach.

Due to Huhi’s North American residency status, 100 Thieves are using their two import slots on Ssumday and Bang, with aphromoo and Andy “AnDa” Hoang rounding out the roster.

One potential hurdle for this team will be the language barrier that exists between support and ADC, with Bang reportedly only equipped with very limited English as he takes his first step onto the NA LCS stage.

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Team Liquid set to re-sign Jensen in record-breaking $4.2 million LCS deal

Published: 27/Oct/2020 23:55

by Isaac McIntyre

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Team Liquid has reportedly tabled a lucrative $4.2 million dollar deal that would make off-contract mid lane star Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen the highest-paid player in LCS history, following rival Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg’s shock retirement.

Jensen has been at the center of Liquid’s League of Legends roster since 2019, when he jumped ship from Cloud9 after a Worlds semi-final run in South Korea.

The Danish mid laner, who has played in the North American league for the past six years, has already won four LCS titles with Liquid. He became a competition resident in May 2019, and has long been considered one of the league’s best.

With Bjergsen announcing his shock retirement, Jensen’s value skyrocketed. The mid laner, 25, is off-contract on Nov. 27, but seems set to stay in the blue and black of Team Liquid for another three years, according to insider Travis Gafford.

Jensen will reportedly accept the $4.2 million deal. Once he’s signed on the dotted line, the Dane will become the highest-paid LCS player the North American comp has ever had, dwarfing the previous richest contract by a long margin.

Jensen is one of the undisputed best stars in the LCS, especially after becoming an NA resident in 2019.
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Jensen is one of the undisputed best stars in the LCS, especially after becoming an NA resident in 2019.

Liquid also holds the soon-to-be second-highest deal, a $3.4 million contract over three years for world champion Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong. The top lane star ⁠— who claimed Worlds glory with SKT in 2013 ⁠— is reportedly leaving Liquid, however.

He will be followed out the door by Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen, insider rumors have suggested. Liquid’s plans are to build around boom ADC star Edward “Tactical” Ra and 2020’s most valuable player Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in moving forward.

Liquid is also eyeing FlyQuest’s Lucas “Santorin” Larsen to round out their 2021 roster, according to sources. They have not yet officially approached the jungle star.

Santorin could be the final piece of Team Liquid's emerging 2021 puzzle.
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Santorin could be the final piece of Team Liquid’s emerging 2021 puzzle.

Liquid are in the process of overhauling their 2020 roster after a mixed reception at Worlds this year. The North American representatives travelled to Shanghai as the LCS third seed, and blew through the Play-Ins before chalking up a 3-3 record in groups to exit in 9th/12th.

In the process, Liquid beat European heavyweights G2 Esports and Worlds finalists Suning — who face Damwon Gaming this Saturday for the 2020 title — but a failure to make the quarter-finals has seen the team reshuffle the roster regardless.

Dexerto will keep you updated on all the LCS roster shuffles as the 2021 season approaches. Domestic League of Legends returns in early January.