South Korea’s LoL team for the 2018 Asia Games has been revealed… Faker is unsurprisingly included
- League of Legends will be a demonstration sport at this year’s Asia Games
- South Korea will be favourites after winning the last five World Championships
- Reigning World Champions, Gen.G, have their coach and bot lane in the squad
LoL and five other esport titles will become Olympic events for the first time as they are included as demonstration sports this year before becoming official sports at the 2022 Asia Games in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China.
The roster is Kiin in the top-lane, Score and Peanut in the jungle, Faker in the mid lane, and Ruler and CoreJJ in the bot lane. Gen.G’s coach Edgar will also join up with this team.
Six esport titles including League of Legends will be demonstration sports at the Asia Games
That team includes representatives from each of the top five LCK teams: Kingzone DragonX, Afreeca Freecs, KT Rolster, SK Telecom T1 and Gen.G.
Reigning LoL World Champions Gen.G haven’t had a very strong year yet, they are the only team with more than one player in the squad and also have their coach working with the team.
This is because the strategy committee wanted to keep a bot lane duo together due to the importance of synergy in those positions. Meanwhile, there’s no explanation required as to why three-time World Champion Faker has been included.
Faker is excited for the competition and teams alongside, Kiin, Peanut, Score, Ruler and CoreJJ
Despite his illustrious career, Faker told Inven competing at the Asia Games is a massive honour: ‘It’s a meaningful event since esports is taking a step closer toward those who don’t enjoy games. I’m happy to take part in such an event.
‘It’s not much different from the All-Star Event in terms of teamwork. However, each player will have a more dedicated mindset compared to the All-Star Event. That makes the team feel more responsibility for having to represent Korea. “There are many strong contenders for the medal in Asia, I want to prove that Korea is the world’s best country when it comes to gaming.’
Faker’s former teammate Peanut will offer the team a lot of aggression when needed but will rotate the jungle role with the adaptable Score. Meanwhile, Kiin is relatively inexperienced compared to the rest of the team but his solid laning phase and deep champion pool means he’ll be able to hold his own.
Usually, winning medals at the Asia Games would mean exemption from the obligatory military service for 21 months however, the LoL tournament this year will not count as it is only being played as a demonstration sport. That could change though once esports become official sports at the 2022 games.
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