A Season 3 World Champion with Korea’s SK Telecom T1, Chae “Piglet” Gwang-jin has spent almost his entire career as an AD Carry, first for SKT and then for the Team Liquid organization. As the NA LCS Spring Split progressed however, Team Liquid now find themselves at the bottom of the NA LCS standings, in desperate need of change for a roster that has so far failed to come together effectively.
As rumours of possible roster replacements started to circulate, fingers were pointed at Mid laner Greyson “GoldenGlue” Gilmer as the weak link in the roster. After a week of tryouts, Team Liquid would announce their new roster with the addition of former Team Liquid Academy member Jung “Youngbin” Young-bin as the new ADC and remarkably, Piglet transitioning from his trademark position to the mid lane.
Understandably, Piglet’s ability as a Mid laner was immediately brought into question – how would the Korean stack up against the other Mid laners of the NA LCS. While highly-regarded as a mechanically skilled player, he may well have the mechanics to play most of the meta mid champions, but issues with understanding role communication and responsibilities may plague Piglet as he adjusts to his new role.
In a recent interview with Travis Gafford, Team Liquid’s head coach David Lim remarked on Piglet’s adjustment to the mid lane:
“Laning phase, skirmishing and team fighting: all the things that are mechanical or raw strength, in my opinion he’s at the LCS level – I wouldn’t say he’s top tier, but he’s at the LCS level.
“Theres a little bit of nuances where to ward or what side he has to play to, or the communication that comes out of mid that he’s currently working on. But everything else I feel like he’s up to par and will show that”
David “Dlim” Lim, Team Liquid Head Coach
In Piglet’s first series as a Mid laner, he could not have hand picked a better opponent for himself than Immortals’ Eugene “Pobelter” Park. Pobelter – a passive Mid laner – is potentially susceptible to Piglet’s naturally aggressive style, unlikely to punish Piglet’s inevitable mistakes as hard as other LCS mid laners might in the same scenario. Pobelter has not been on form for the first half of the NA LCS Spring Split, which provides an eased transition for Piglet to the mid lane.
The only returning member of the Immortals squad, Pobelter was considered a highly prized Mid laner in the off-season with his NA residency. At one point, it was expected that Pobelter would join his teammate Kim “Reignover” Yeu-jin on Team Liquid for the current season.
Evidently, these rumours never materialised and Pobelter remained on Immortals to anchor a squad flooded with young talent. Built around the potential of Jungler Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett, Pobelter was supposed to be a steadying presence for the team; a consistent performer for their first split as a team. In his defence, Pobelter has been consistent, unfortunately for Immortals, he’s been consistently bad.
For the rest of the split, everyone will be watching Team Liquid’s mid lane to see how Piglet transitions in to his new role. Once considered to be one of the World’s premier carries, Team Liquid fans hope he can once again establish himself as the dominant player he once was in this new role.
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