Tempt Leaves League Champions Korea’s Hanwha Life Esports Ahead Of LCK 2020 Summer Split

Tempt Leaves League Champions Korea’s Hanwha Life Esports Ahead Of LCK 2020 Summer Split
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Roster shuffles have officially started with the end of the spring season in the LCK. Mid laner Kang “Tempt” Myung-gu has parted ways with Hanwha Life Esports’ League of Legends team, the organization announced today.

“We would like to thank Tempt for the passion and the dedication he showed throughout the season,” Hanwha Life Esports said.

This ends Tempt’s second stint with the club. Though he’s been playing with the team since 2018, he decided to leave in November 2019. But he was later convinced to rejoin Hanwha alongside new additions to the team in December 2019.

Tempt’s latest season with Hanwha also ended in mediocre fashion since the team failed to make it to the LCK playoffs but dodged relegation. Though their performance could be considered subpar, the team pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the season when they reverse swept the first seed of the LCK Spring regular season, Gen.G.

Two of Hanwha’s players, CuVee and Haru, shined throughout the series and showed glimpses of their time on Samsung Galaxy, where they won the 2017 League World Championship.

It’s unknown where Tempt will take his talents next, but some fans think Hanwha may bolster its ranks with mid-laner Son “Ucal” Woo-hyeon and ADC Park “Viper” Do-hyeon from Griffin. Griffin was recently relegated from the LCK after losing to Sandbox Gaming in the 2020 LCK summer promotion series. Both players have showed great prowess this season and the ability to carry games alone. While HLE did not have an impressive season, they could come back much stronger in the next one if they fix their mistakes. Both players showed up great last season as well, but coming into this season did not choose a better team. Noone expected Griffin to crash and burn and get relegated like this.

From World Quarterfinals to relegated in LCK, this is quite a feat that is not possible to obtain by many. The most recent example would be EU’s Origen who were looking great after they reached EU LCS, but crashed and burned and the roster disbanded. Going forward, without a relegation tournament it’s unlikely we’ll ever see such a situation again.

Riot Games will announce later this year more plans about the upcoming 2021 LCK franchised split, if you’re a fan of a high ranking team then worry not, they’ll most likely be in the league. If you are a fan of a bottom tier team then you should worry since they might not be accepted.