It has been a sad tale of decline for reigning World Champion Bae “Bengi” Seong-woong. From lifting the summoners cup in the Los Angeles Staple Centre at the end of the 2016 season, he has now been ousted by his new organisation, set to spend the summer on the sidelines.
A three-time world champion, Bengi will be taking a break from competitive play after a depressing Spring Split with his new organisation, the LPL’s Vici Gaming. The former SK Telecom T1 jungler, endearingly referred to as the ‘the left hand of god’j, joined Vici Gaming alongside former SKT members Lee “Easyhoon” Ji-hoon and Lee “PoohManDu” Jeong-hyeon during the off-season.
With such an impressive lineup boasting several previous world champions, the team’s expected success failed to materialise. After a string of poor results against the other teams in their domestic group, Vici Gaming ultimately finished last.
Doomed to play through the promotion tournament in order to return to the LPL for the Summer Split. After losing to Dan Gaming however, the all-star lineup was relegated to the LPL’s secondary league.
Their regional failure naturally resulted in internal conflict. A rumoured team meeting between all of the organisation’s VG players and staff dramatically concluded with Bengi being kicked from the starting roster.
Bengi could not develop the same jungle/mid lane synergy he enjoyed with Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok at SK Telecom T1 with VG, despite the organisation picking up former SKT T1 teammates Lee “Easyhoon” Ji-hoon.
There currently no news as to what Bengi’s future plans may be, though his current Korean League of Legends server ID is perhaps tellingly labelled: “Job Prospect 2.”