With Europe and North America ticked off the global tour, the Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon roadshow is now heading to SK Telecom T1 and the crucible for League of Legends eSports, South Korea. The former Immortals Top Laner has now committed his immediate future to the three-time World Champions, a dream move for Huni, who initially trialled with the Korean heavyweights before starting his journey across the western scene.
Huni will fill the vacant spot of Lee “Duke” Ho-Seong, securing his spot on the powerhouse roster on the second time of asking after trying out for the position back in 2014. The move will see the divorce of the Korean partnership between Huni and Kim “Reignover” Yeu-jin, who will join Team Liquid for the 2017 Spring Split.
Speaking after Immortals heartbreaking failure to secure World Championship qualification, Huni expressed a desire to play in Korea’s LCK.:
“I’m just open to everything. I don’t mind about anything, really, so it’s going to depend how offers [go].
“Yeah, also maybe [I’d] like to be an LCK player, too.”
Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon
Despite winning win two domestic titles and placing third/fourth at the 2015 World Championship, Huni was openly mocked within the League of Legends community for considering himself worthy of competing alongside some of the greatest names to have ever played the game.
The criticism was harsh but certainly understandable given Huni’s inconsistencies and tendency to tilt – no-one was going to let him forget the notorious Lucian top pick in a hurry. Even ROX Tigers Song “Smeb” Kyung-ho was looking to rub salt into the wounds:
Credit to Huni – he’s taken a significant step towards silencing all of his critics. He still has a lot to prove and some big shoes to fill, but as part of League of Legends most powerful dynasty, Huni has set himself for global success.
SKT coach Kim “KkOma” Jung-gyun has an eye for unlocking player potential and thrives in getting the best of hidden talent. If anyone can iron out the creases in Huni – it’s KkOma.
The auditions for SK Telecom T1’s top lane were certainly stacked:
— KTen (@Ten_Ketsu) December 1, 2016
Huni is often compared to a rough diamond: he’s treated fans to glimpses of brilliance but is far from the finished article. Having left KT Rolster, Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho would almost have been a safer choice, but SKT have opted to make a bold move in picking up Huni.
Huni was languishing in North America, showing little sign of improvement after leaving Fnatic. The LCK presents yet a fresh challenge for the Top Laner in his home culture, the ideal situation in which to reach his potential and secure yet another World Championship for SK Telecom T1.