After Riot introduced a series of import regulations to sustain some sense of identity in western regions – with their import slot, Counter Logic Gaming picked up Choi “HuHi” Jae-hyun, a French-born mid laner of Korean descent who gets outclassed by his American, European and South Korean counterparts nearly every game in the NA LCS. What is the point of importing someone who can’t compete with the locals? Here are our recommended replacements for CLG’s Mid Lane.
South Koreans are widely considered to be the master race of MOBA eSports. As a result, it’s hardly surprising that a Korean team will be heading into the League of Legends World Championship 2016 as favourites and will probably return home with trophy in tow. Given the choice, every western League of Legends team would boast a roster filled with talent equivalent to that found in South Korea. Understandably Riot moved to quell the number of imported players any one team can have, preventing rosters consisting almost entirely of Koreans in every pro region.
As CLG’s import, Huhi has shown that he can play maybe three champions effectively – he has a very specific play style that does not lend itself to the most flexible of team comps. In any other top-tier squad, Huhi would not be a starting mid laner but would likely be utilised as a sub, an option for CLG to use as a sweeper in a best of 3 series where they need specific team comp. There is a wide pool of talent mid lane available that CLG should look to poach to strengthen their squad.
Best (Feasible) Replacements for Huhi:
Lee “GBM” Chang-suk – NRG eSports
GBM is a native Korean, well versed in standing up to the best mid laners the LCK has to offer as a former player for both CJ Entus and Jin Air. GMB is a natural mid lane carry who can comfortably play different champions. Given CLG’s weight and status in the NA LCS, they could easily acquire GBM from his current team NRG, one of the sides struggling in the summer split with an otherwise jaded roster.
Rasmus “Caps” Winther – Nerv
A young and promising mid laner from Europe, Caps currently holds down the #6 spot in EU west’s Challenger Tier and his team are displaying a strong showing in the Challenger Series. While he doesn’t have previous experience on the biggest stage, CLG have a positive reputation for breeding young talent and making them superstars – AD Carry Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes might be the next example in point. Furthermore, as a young talent, Caps is a very affordable prospect and can rotate with Huhi based on the team’s needs. After their run in challenger series, Caps will essentially become a free agent.
Luka “PerkZ” Perković – G2 eSports
If there’s one advantage North America holds over every other region, it’s the amount of cash that’s floating around the NA LCS which allows American teams to buy strong players from other regions. As an EU LCS champion, Perkz is making quite a name for himself – adaptable to numerous play styles, he’s playing pretty much everything in the meta. He is equally good on supportive mages like Karma as he is on assassins like LeBlanc; able to strengthen team comps or outright carry.
Perkz is perhaps the least likely of the three optimal replacements for Huhi, but while the scenario of Perkz leaving G2 eSports seems farfetched, if CLG have genuine ambitions for the World Championship, it might require a major play to bring in one of the hottest talents from the European LCS.