H2K-Gaming have announced that they will part ways with assistant coach Son Seok “Stardust” Hee, though will maintain their all Korean bot lane for the forthcoming Summer Split. Stardust spent under five months with the organisation, during which a major part of his responsibilities included the integration of H2K bot lane signings Sin “Nuclear” Jeong-hyeon and Choi “Chei” Sun-ho. The value of H2K’s Korean imports is yet to entirely justifed, with the pair producing relatively consistent regular split results but falling significantly short of the mark in H2K’s EU LCS playoff quarter final vs Fnatic.
Stardust’s self-professed ambition upon joining H2K-Gaming was to ease the transition of their newly formed Korean bot lane into not only the EU LCS, establishing the duo as a formidable force in the European region. Battling innate communication issues, Chei and Nuclear found their feet early in the season, though never developed the level of synergy with the rest of the roster that H2K fans were used to seeing from their previous AD Carry and Support duo, Oskar “Vander” Bogdan and Konstantinos “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou.
“Today we announce the departure of our assistant coach Son ‘Stardust’ Suk Hee.
“Stardust will always be a part of the H2K Family as he put his heart and mind into our Spring split preparation and was of vital help to pr0lly and the team in making sure we’re playing at our best level.
“We sincerely thank him for the hard work, dedication and level of professionalism displayed during his time in Berlin.”
H2K-Gaming Official Announcement
Following the team announcement, Stardust was quick to clarify that his departure from the team would not affect the status of H2K’s bot lane:
— Son Suk hee (@StardustLUL) 3 May 2017
Though their addition to the squad has not yet been entirely validated, Chei and Nuclear were by no means a weakness in H2K’s strategy. Given that the setup of the team is designed to orientate around the top and mid lanes, Chei and Nuclear were frequently required to play defensively, a role they performed diligently.
Whilst this style play certainly did not translate particularly well into post-game statistics, the Korean duo typically avoided any significant bot lane dives and disasters.
H2K playoff run was cut short following a dominant 3-0 sweep at the hands of Fnatic, though the team will not be overly disappointed with the 10-3 record tallied during the regular season of the 2017 EU LCS Spring Split. They may not have entirely won over the team’s fanbase, but Sin “Nuclear” Jeong-hyeon and Choi “Chei” Sun-ho have provided a solid foundation upon which to build in the summer.