Kim “Reignover” Yeu-jin, the most sought-after League of Legends player in the current offseason shuffle, has officially joined Team Liquid as Jungler.
After two fruitful years with Fnatic (2015)and Immortals (2016), Reignover’s new responsibilities will see the South Korean jungler attempt to help direct the team both in-game and outside it, something Liquid have notoriously struggled with in the past.
Liquid’s co-owner and CEO, Steve Arhancet, who labeled Reignover “one of the best players in his position,” said that the areas the jungler excels in are the ones the team has been looking for.
“He brings shot-calling, experience, and overall positivity to the team and his winning mentality is something we admire,” Arhancet said in a statement at Liquid’s official website. I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do with our new coaching and support staff.”
Reignover is also one of few junglers in North America that has performed better than former Team Liquid player Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett. In both the Spring and Summer Split of 2016, Reignover’s proficiency in the jungle was often cited as one of the main reasons behind the Immortals’ success during the regular seasons which culminated with a extraordinary 33-3 win/loss record.
However, Immortals didn’t seem able to translate regular season performances into postseason success playoffs, failing to advance past the semifinals of both the Spring and Summer Split of the North American LCS, and after a disappointing second place finish in the regional qualifiers for the 2016 League World Championship, Immortals ultimately missed out on competing at the event.
The hope for Team Liquid now seems to be that Reignover can act as a positive force within the team; but in Team Liquid, he’ll be playing for the first time since 2014 without partner in crime top laner Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon.
Instead, he will be playing with another player that lost his top side duo in Samson “Lourlo” Jackson. Before all else, both of them need to figure out how to carry together if they hope to be impactful on top.