Team Liquid has reportedly made one of the biggest splashes of the North American League of Legends offseason, signing former NA LCS MVP Yeu-jin “Reignover” Kim, as reported by ESPN and The Score. Reignover’s previous organization, Immortals, announced his departure Wednesday.
Reignover, a 21-year-old native of South Korea, first made his name professionally in Europe with Fnatic in 2015. Along with teammate and close friend Seung-hoon “Huni” Heo, Fnatic won back-to-back EU LCS titles with Reignover, capped by an historic 18-0 Summer Split and a run to the Worlds semifinals after a surprise sweep of Chinese powerhouse EDward Gaming.
After the 2015 season, Reignover and Huni both departed Europe and signed with Immortals, a new organization replacing Team 8 in the NA LCS. The two star imports were joined by an all-star class of NA LCS veterans, and it didn’t take long for Immortals to have a major impact on the league. In its first split, the squad took first place in the regular season with a dominating 17-1 record. In its second, Immortals went 16-2, finishing behind only 17-1 Team SoloMid.
Despite those impressive regular season records, however, Reignover and Huni’s time with Immortals will likely be remembered as a disappointment. The team faltered in the playoffs of both splits, finishing in third place both times and missing Worlds.
Reignover will replace Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett as Team Liquid’s starting jungler. Dardoch is one of the most talented junglers in the region, but had very public clashes with Team Liquid’s staff and was temporarily suspended at the start of last split. His departure was also announced Wednesday.