The League of Legends offseason has barely gotten started, but Team Liquid is wasting no time making sweeping changes to its team and shaking up North America in the process.
The moves started yesterday when the team signed Nicolaj Jensen from Cloud9, pulling in one of the top mid laners in the NA LCS and giving the starting roster a major upgrade. But, Team Liquid wasn’t finished as the team announced today that it was signing former world champion support player, Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in.
CoreJJ most recently played with the Gen.G side that put up the worst Worlds performance ever by a Korean team. However, before that he enjoyed quite a bit of success with the team. In 2016, his first year as a support for Samsung Galaxy — Gen.G’s previous name and organization — CoreJJ helped the team advance to the World Finals, where they battled SK Telecom T1 to a narrow 3-2 loss. In 2017, CoreJJ helped the team return to the World Finals where they faced SKT in a rematch, this time winning handily with a decisive 3-0 stomp.
Before his time in Korea, CoreJJ played as the starting ADC in North America for Team Dignitas back in 2015, which means that he at least has some experience working with North American teams. CoreJJ will replace former Team Liquid support, Kim “Olleh” Joo-sung, who helped the team win two straight NA LCS championships, but struggled during the team’s extremely disappointing trip to Worlds where they were tossed from the tournament during the Group Stage. As of right now, the starting roster for Team Liquid includes Jung ”Impact” Eon-yeong in the top lane, Jensen in mid, Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng as the ADC and CoreJJ on support.