Phoenix1 AD Carry Noh "Arrow" Dong-hyeon has been named the 2017 Spring MVP for the North America League of Legends Championship Series, receiving the trophy on stage after Game 1 of the Spring Finals. Arrow won the award after an excellent debut split in the LCS, joining previous winners Søren "Bjergsen" Bjerg, Lee "Rush" Yoon-jae, Yu "XiaoWeiXiao" Xian and Kim "Reignover" Yeu-jin — all imports, as well.
Arrow joined P1 this offseason as one of the highest-touted LCS imports ever, after three years excelling in Korea with LCK powerhouse KT Rolster. Over the course of the split, Arrow was able to secure 161 kills for himself, the second highest of any AD Carry in the league, barely behind Stixxay’s 165. Arrow also had the fewest deaths of the role (compared to players with at least 40 games), dying only 78 times over the course of 41 games.
Arrow was also able to maintain a kill participation of 70.7% over the entire season. With an average KDA of 5.3 and +130 gold at 15 minutes, Arrow easily had the most impressive showing of any North American player, AD Carry or otherwise. He was 4th in terms of overall KDA, 6th in terms of kill participation, and had the 3rd fewest deaths. No matter what stat you look at, Arrow is on the board.
During the Spring split, Arrow played a variety of AD Carries, but none more frequently than Varus. Arrow picked up the long range bow-wielder for 13 of his 41 games played this split. On Varus, Arrow maintained a 54% win rate and averaged 3.9 kills per game. Arrow also found incredible success on Ezreal, who he played 10 games on with a whopping 80% win rate.
Arrow was able to beat out the TSM solo lane duo of Hauntzer and Bjergsen, who placed 2nd and 3rd on the MVP ballots, respectively. Arrow secured 96 points, where Hauntzer and Bjergsen only had 85 and 63. Arrow helped bring his team to a third-place finish in Spring 2017, a huge improvement from their 8th place position at the end of Summer 2016.