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All six of Griffin’s League of Legends core players have extended their contracts to 2021, Korean website Naver reports. Originally, the contracts were until the end of the 2020 season, but the players unanimously decided to extend them for one more year.

According to Naver, this commitment to the organization comes with some serious benefits. The contracts are said to be player-centric and the salaries certainly support that. According to the report, in 2019 Griffin’s players will earn double than originally intended. Their coach, Kim “cvMax” Dae-ho, also has a contract lasting till 2021, indicating Griffin’s long-term intention of building a legacy.

The current Griffin roster consists of:

— Choi “Sword” Sung-won (top)
— Lee “Tarzan” Seung-yong (jungle)
— Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon (mid)
— Park “Viper” Do-hyeon (bot)
— Jeong “Kabbie” Sang-hyeon (support)
— Son “Lehends” Si-woo (support)

Big things are already expected of Griffin in 2019. The organization had an explosive Summer 2018, finishing second in the playoffs behind KT Rolster, but failed to qualify for Worlds, to many fans’ disappointment. Griffin recovered well this winter, however, winning KeSPA Cup 2018, blanking Gen.G 3-0 in the grand finals.

“I’m satisfied with the performance that our team had put out during the KeSPA Cup,” coach cvMax told Inven after the win. “I find the ‘process’ of receiving a certain result more important than the result itself. The KeSPA Cup was the tournament that got us closest to what we’re working towards becoming. In order to keep this up, we’ll need to work hard and exert this kind of performance purely on our own skills and not relying on luck. I’ll also train my players so that they can learn to adapt to new patches.”

Griffin are playing their first LCK match for the new season on Thursday, Jan. 17. The KeSPA champions are playing Kingzone DragonX, followed by a game versus Jin Air on Jan. 19.

photo by: Esports Focus

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