North American esports organization Immortals has unveiled more pieces of its League of Legends roster ahead of the 2017 NA LCS season, posting a pair of announcements this week. The team has signed legendary Korean top laner Ho-jong “Flame” Lee, as well as top AD Carry prospect Cody Sun.
Here’s the announcement for Flame:
And here’s the announcement for Cody Sun:
Immortals previously announced the signing of jungler Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett and also the retention starting mid laner Eugene “Pobelter” Park, the only player from Immortals’ original roster who will be staying with the team. Pobelter has signed a two-year extension with the organization.
Last year was one of my most enjoyable years as a pro gamer so far playing in LCS. So I figured, why not come back and have more good times on Immortals?
Flame has played professionally since the beginning of competitive League in South Korea, spending time with CJ Entus, LGD Gaming in China, and, most recently, Longzhu Gaming. Once considered the best top laner in the world, his career has fallen a bit in recent times, as he was benched for most of the 2016 season.
Sun, previously known as “Massacre,” has competitive experience with Challenger teams like Team Imagine and Dream Team. He’s perhaps best known for holding the No. 1 spot on the North American ranked ladder for much of the 2016 season.
Immortals was founded in late 2015 when Noah Whinston dropped out of Northwestern to start the organization, fueled by venture capital and private investors. The team unveiled a star-studded roster featuring former Fnatic players Seung-hoon “Huni” Heo and Yeu-jin “Reignover” Kim, and quickly put together one of the best regular seasons in LCS history, going 17-1 in the 2016 Spring Split.
That 17-1 mark was followed by postseason disappointment, however, as Immortals lost its first ever playoff series and finish the split in third place. Immortals put together another strong regular season split in the summer, going a second-best 16-2, but once again lost in the semifinals and finished in third place, ultimately missing Worlds.
After the Worlds disappointment, nearly Immortals’ entire roster disbanded. Huni originally intended to stay and signed a multi-year extension with Immortals, but when SKT comes calling, you listen. That leaves Immortals with just Pobelter left from the original roster, and one spot left for a support player.