Yuri “Keith” Jew is an enigma of the North American League of Legends Championship Series. Historically regarded as a ‘Mr. Motivator’ figure – acquired by teams as a substitute to rejuvenate starting AD Carry’s, the underperforming Echo Fox man is now frequently considered to be the cause for the his roster’s inconsistent results.
After finally securing a starting spot within one of the most promising, high-budget organisations in the NA LCS, Keith has seemingly squandered the opportunity to deliver on stage. Whilst instability and lack of structure could be cited as reasoning for the AD Carry’s poor performances in the past, within the current iteration of the Echo Fox roster, Keith’s frequent costly mistakes have been laid bare for all to see.
On the back of yet another winless weekend for the nose-diving Echo Fox, the team’s fanbase are once again calling for a revamp in the team’s bot lane.
For an Echo Fox fan, Keith’s statistics in the 2017 NA LCS Spring Split hardly make for pleasant reading. When comparing important performance based stats (with the exclusion of Team Liquid’s Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng and Young-bin “Youngbin” Chung, who have yet to play more than one weekend of fixtures respectively), Keith generally scores the worst of all ADC’s across the board:
KDA Ratio – 2.7 (Worst in the NA LCS) Total Kills – 92 (Tied Worst in the NA LCS with FLY Altec) Deaths – 108 (The Most of any AD Carry) Kill Participation – 60% (The worst percentage in the league) CS per minute – 7.6 (The Worst of any AD Carry)
Lolesports, NA LCS Statistics
Do the statistics provide a fair assessment of Keith’s contribution to Echo Fox? Following the signing of Top laner Jang “Looper” Hyeong-seok, coupled with the strong performances produced by Jungler Matt “Akaadian” Higginbotham and Mid laner Henrik “Froggen” Hansen, an 8th place finish simply isn’t in line with the organisations ambitions.
Yet with two import slots utilised for the team’s Top and Mid laners, the bot lane combination of Keith and Support Austin “Gate” Yu was certainly a forced hand, given that every proven native bot lane duo had already been locked down by rival organisations.
Whilst Gate might not be a top-tier Support, there have been far too many occasions throughout the split where Keith’s shambolic positioning has put FOX at a significant disadvantage. Perhaps the blunder that will live longest in the memory is the inexcusable episode vs fellow strugglers, Team Liquid. After being saved from certain peril by Gate, Keith inexplicably walks out of cover to sponge a 4th Jhin shot. Less that a minute later and a completely harmless situation for Echo Fox has resulted in three enemy kills and a significant deficit.
These ‘facepalm moments’ are by no means infrequent. Keith is notoriously the first man to die in Echo Fox teamfights, often of account of his sub-standard positioning; no amount of immaculate support play could keep the Echo Fox AD Carry alive.
Echo Fox undoubtedly possess prowess in the top half of the map, with solid Top and Mid laners and a Jungler contesting the Rookie of the Split accolade, under normal circumstances FOX would be challenging for the summit of the playoff positions. It speaks volumes that the series in which Echo Fox emerge with victories are the same games in which Keith is essentially invisible on the scoreboard.
With Echo Fox desperately treading water to keep their head above the surface, Keith is acting as a ball and chain tied around their ankles; a dead weight dragging them down to the depths. The AD Carry’s statistics speak for themselves, there can be no excusing such abhorrent figures.
Every Team In The NA LCS Features A Former Team Liquid Player…
Matthew “Akaadian” Higginbotham
Matthew "Akaadian" Higginbotham played Jungle on the Team Liquid Academy roster between February and April of 2016, until the beginning of May where he was replaced by Galen "Moon" Holgate. He is now doing very well on the Echo Fox roster and was classed as one of the best rookie Junglers in the Spring Split.
Benjamin “LOD” deMunck
Benjamin "LOD" deMunck is the current AD Carry for Team Dignitas and played with Team EnVy throughout last year. This has been LOD's breakout to his professional career, but it hasn't been his first attempt. First playing for Team LoLPro he was picked up by newly branded Team Curse as their substitute AD Carry. He stayed with the team throughout the entire of season 4 before eventually leaving for greener pastures.
Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black
Zaqueri "Aphromoo" Black may just try and forget his stint with Team Curse as he left Counter Logic Gaming in late Season 3 to join the team for less then a month before returning home where he has remained to this day. Aphromoo has constantly been called the best Support in North America and a contender for best Support in the west.
Johnny “Altec” Ru
Johnny "Altec" Ru was the AD Carry for Curse Academy from January until July in Season 3 when he was picked up to be a substitute for Team Solo Mid. He has been on many other teams such as Cloud 9 Tempest, Evil Geniuses and Gravity.
Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett
After one of the most public departures from a team, Joshua "Dardoch" Hartnett left Team Liquid last year and traded places with Kim "Reignover" Yeu-jin to join the Immortals squad. Dardoch is one of the best examples of Team Liquid birthing a strong national talent and letting them go.
Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell
Kevin "Hauntzer" Yarnell may now be classed as one of the best Top laners in North America. However before he was known as Team SoloMid's backbone he played top lane for Team LoLPro and stuck with the team when they branded as Curse Gaming, eventually leaving for Team Gravity.
Galen “Moon” Holgate
Galen "Moon" Holgate has somewhat of a similar story to Keith. Originally playing for the Liquid Challenger roster, he was bumped up to the main roster when Joshua "Dardoch" Hartnett was suspended for poor attitude. However the team seemed to fall apart without Dardoch and he was taken off suspension and Moon was retired back to the Challenger roster.
Eugene “Pobelter” Park
Eugene "Pobelter" Park has had multiple stints with Curse rosters, originally playing for their main roster he left to join Meat Playground, however he rejoined shortly afterwards and joined the Curse challenger line-up. He bounced around other teams for quite a while before landing back on Curse for less than a month in October at the end of Season 3.
Andy “Smoothie” Ta
After a disappointing start to Andy "Smoothie" Ta's collaboration with Team Liquid, he jumped between the main roster and the challenger roster. Team Liquid wanted to utilize both rosters, but Smoothie ended up playing on the challenger roster almost non-stop. He left the team in April 2016 and shortly after was picked up by Cloud9 who he has stayed with ever since.
Alex “Xpecial” Chu
Rewind time to season 4, Alex "Xpecial" Chu is a superstar support. Playing with Team SoloMid for 3 years will give you that reputation. After being released from Team SoloMid shortly after Season 4, he joined Curse Gaming and stayed with them for four splits and two seasons through their rebrand to Team Liquid. After some drama between Xpecial and AD Carry Chae "Piglet" Gwang-jin he left the roster to join Apex Gaming.
Derek “Zig” Shao
Derek "Zig" Shao has been with the Team Liquid organization the longest of any player on the list, staying with the organization almost two years, playing on both the challenger and main roster of both Team Curse and Team Liquid. He left team Liquid in Season 6 to join Phoenix 1.
He currently still plays Top lane for Phoenix 1 and they are tied third in the North American LCS
Yuri “Keith” Jew
Yuri "Keith" Jew has somewhat of a sad story to begin his league career. Used by both Team Liquid and Team SoloMid when their previous AD Carries weren't performing up to scratch, Keith would come in, perform really well and then his competition would begin playing well again. He helped Liquid overcome a rough 1-3 start in the spring split of season 6.
Apollo “Apollo” Price
Apollo "Apollo" Price is now a well known name in the North American LCS, however this wasn't always the case. His time with Team LoLPro was so unknown there isn't even a certainty on the time he spent with them. He left the team to join Team Impulse in December of 2014 and he now plays for Team NV in the North American LCS.
Lae-Young “Keane” Jang
Originally playing for the Oceanic version of Team Curse Lae-Young "Keane" Jang wanted bigger things and eventually moved on to the Curse Academy roster. He stayed with the team until the end of Season 5, when he left to join Team Gravity and has stayed with the team through all its rebrands ever since.
David “Cop” Roberson
David "Cop" Roberson is one of the veterans on this list, not only has been been playing on professional teams since at least season 1, his skill also transcends the rift. Playing with Team Curse and moving to Curse Academy from December 2011 all the way through until January 2015, his most recent team has been Team Dignitas where he has returned to coach the team during their 2017 Spring Split.
William "Stunt" Chen is the youngest player of the bunch, now representing Immortals. He was one game away from qualifying for the LCS with Team Liquid Academy last year in the summer split promotion. Going to a full 5 games, Stunt and the rest of TLA failed to qualify for the 2017 Spring Split.