Three-time World Champion Bae “Bengi” Seong-woong has signed on to Chinese League Pro League team ViCi Gaming for the 2017 season, the eSports organization announced.
The former SK Telecom T1 jungler would replaces Choi “DanDy” In-kyu, who left the League of Legends roster last month.
Bengi has played alongside League of Legends star Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok since the beginning of his professional career on Telco.
His partnership with Faker has been significant in Telco’s League performances as they won the 2013 World Championship, although they were unable to reach the world stage on the following year. However, starting in 2015, Bengi had to contend for his position within SKT T1 with other players such as Im “T0M” Jae-hyeon in 2015 and Kang “Blank” Sun-gu in 2016.
Nevertheless, the jungler established himself as a clutch performer who especially delivers under pressure, helping SK Telecom T1 fend off rival squad ROX Tigers twice in 2016. In the League Champions Korea Spring Playoffs, he won three games with SKT T1, allowing them to reverse sweep ROX (3-2).
Additionally, in the World Championship semi-finals, he helped the team fend off the same opponent in a back-and-forth 3-2 affair, playing in SKT T1’s winning games during the series. However, SK Telecom T1 ended up acquiring former ROX Tigers jungler Han “Peanut” Wang-ho in Bengi’s place.
But his transfer allows him to reunite with former SKT teammate Lee “Easyhoon” Ji-hoon. The last time the pair played together was in 2015, when they beat ROX Tigers 3-1 in the World Championship finals.