Following a failed promotion attempt a little under a month ago, eUnited have sought to strengthen their roster ahead of the Summer Split. Seeking NA LCS status, eUnited are understood to be in talks with Team Vitality substitute mid laner Lee “GBM” Chang-seok and 2014 Samsung White World Champion jungler Choi “DanDy” In-kyu. Whilst the team management are yet to publicly announce the Korean additions to the roster, the moves are expected to be finalised in the coming week.
The North American Challenger scene is not altogether unfamiliar with legendary Korean stars. Ahead of the 2017 Spring Split, Gold Cold United welcomed the renowned talent of support Hong “MadLife” Min-gi into their ranks. eUnited seem set to follow the route of their domestic rivals, replacing European jungler Erberk “Gilius” Demir and mid laner Hampus “Fox” Myhre.
Gilius announced his departure from the squad shortly after the team’s failure in the NA LCS Promotion Tournament, whilst Fox is yet to address the situation. Disappointed with their performances against relegation threatened Team Liquid and Team Envy, eUnited immediately parted ways with Ram “Brokenshard” Djemal and may yet make additional roster swaps before returning for another shot at LCS status in the summer.
As a former NRG eSports player, GBM will return to North America having stepped down an entire division since his previous spell in the NA LCS. For DanDy, a legend of the Samsung White lineup that dominated the 2014 League of Legends World Championship, eUnited will be the junglers first taste of life in North America. Similarly, DanDy has spent the past two years of his career as a relic of former glory, departing the LPL’s Vici Gaming in November.
Though the NA CS is a significant step down from his glory days of 2014, eUnited provides DanDy with a realistic opportunity to break into the NA LCS. On the glamorous North American stage, the former world champion will be provided with a unique opportunity to reinstate himself as one of the best junglers in the game – even if eUnited fail in their promotion attempt, the team may still act as a useful springboard for DanDy. From GBM’s perspective there is very little to lose, with his reputation at an all-time low, a move to eUnited provides the mid laner with a welcome spotlight under which to redeem himself.