Lucian top. An unlikely combination of champion and role that may forever be infamously synonymous with Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon. Off the back of his first international tournament success at the 2017 Mid-Season Invitational, the SK Telecom T1 star returned to face his demons, picking Lucian once more for the top lane as he prepared to face LCK rivals bbq Olivers.
The decision to pick Lucian top lane in the 2016 NA LCS Spring Split semi-final vs Team SoloMid was, until now perhaps, a decision that Huni may have regretted. Immortals, an undefeated squad in the region at the time, opted to draft themselves three damage dealing carries into a single lineup. Huni actually imposed his lane dominance over his lane opponent Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell in the early to mid game, yet this is often forgotten on account of TSM’s late game victory.
Even former ROX Tigers top laner Song “Smeb” Kyung-ho was quick to point his finger and laugh:
The pick and subsequent series loss put a seemingly permanent black mark against Huni’s career record, with many critics suggesting that the Korean top laner was unwilling to play anything other than carry-centric aggressive picks. Though Huni defended his decision, it has continued to hang over him even after moving to the LCK:
“It wasn’t just a whimsical pick. It was all approved before the game.
“If I can say this now, I played Lucian top in 25 scrims – that may seem like a little, but he was the second most used champion during scrims for me.
“Drafting is a team-wide thing, it goes through the coaches, players, and they all come together to make the decision.
“Obviously we talk about the picks before the game. What team would allow a player to just make a random pick out of nowhere?”
Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon
It has taken over a year, but the top lane meta has finally fallen in line for Huni to slay his demons. Picking Lucian to face the pest that is AD Kennen top, Huni enjoyed a solo kill on bbq Olivers’ Kim “
Rather than mocking him, on this occasion, fellow professionals appear to be following his lead. Where Huni posted a modest scoreline of 2/2/2 in the LCK, fellow Korean top laner Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho boldly reintroduced Lucian top to the NA LCS, with an impressive score of 7/1/8 during Team Dignitas’ victory over FlyQuest eSports.
— lolesports (@lolesports) 4 June 2017
It’s unlikely that the Huni’s Lucian top lane meme will ever die, but it can be remoulded into a positive reflection of the Korean’s abilities and innovation. If the pick becomes a contested meta draft, Huni can take pride in knowing he started the trend well over a year ago during his NA LCS playing days.