The improvement of Immortals’ bot lane duo over the course of six months has been remarkable. Considered to be one of the weakest AD carry and support combinations in the region after their first competitive appearance, Cody “Cody Sun” Sun and Kim “Olleh” Joo-sung are now amongst the NA LCS’ top tier of bot lane duos.
Donning their Immortals jerseys for the first time ahead of the Intel Extreme Masters Gyeonggi, few could have predicted the steep curve of improvement the team’s bot lane would demonstrate over the next half of the year.
Though Immortals attendance to the international tournament was expected to highlight flaws in the newly assembled lineup, few could have predicted just how flimsy Cody Sun and Olleh’s synergy would prove to be on stage.
It would take until the end of the Spring Split for Immortals’ bot lane partnership to show notable signs of improvement, in retrospect, the organisation will consider the season’s first three months to be little more than teething problems if Cody Sun and Olleh continue to perform at their current level.
In an interview with Slingshot eSports, Olleh detailed the process that lead to what is now considered to be one of NA’s most potent bot lane combinations:
“At first we had kind of a turf war, we both thought that we were better than the other.
“Cody didn’t play on the big stage before and was added to the team as an amateur player. I played in Taiwan, Korea, and Brazil, so I thought I had more experience, but Cody seemed to think that he was still slightly ahead of me.
“Since he was quick to judge someone based on their solo queue score, I told him that I would raise my points to his level, and I did.
“I didn’t convince him through words, but I proved that I could do better than other supports through my play.”
Kim “Olleh” Joo-sung
The bot lane has been the bedrock upon which the Immortals roster have built their early success in the Summer Split. With Lee “Flame” Ho-jong firing on all cylinders in the top lane, new addition Jake “Xmithie” Puchero has found a reliable source of joy in Cody Sun and Olleh.
Immortals two Week 3 victories over Cloud9 and Team Liquid saw the bot lane duo rise to prominence once more, establishing clear advantages in lane before transitioning their hard work into later team fights.
Individually however, many sceptics remained unconvinced by Cody Sun’s individual talents. Ahead of Immortals final game in their victory over C9, Riot Games shoutcaster and analyst, David “Phreak” Turley, went so far as to note Cody Sun as ‘C-tier AD carry”:
Though Phreak’s methodology is slightly curious, certain statistics heading into Week 3 served to support the analysts’ ranking of Cody Sun.
Before his remarkable performances against C9 and TL, Cody Sun was the 2nd highest in deaths and death percentage on his team (behind only WildTurtle), and was second lowest in kill participation amongst ADCs.
Week 3 was a more accurate depiction of Cody Sun and Olleh’s combined abilities. It’s important to note that it’s unlikely that either of these two players will become renowned for their individual prowess, but rather their combined potency as a duo.
Cody Sun and Olleh come as a pair and they operate as such, able to complement each others play styles to Immortals’ benefit.
It’s a reward that the Immortals organisation deserve, given their patience allowing the bot lane synergy to develop during an underwhelming Spring Split. For Cody Sun and Olleh, the 2017 Summer Split is just the beginning, the promising duo have the potential to become one of the most formidable bot lanes in the West.