Former Griffin support Son “Lehends” Si-Woo has officially joined the ranks of Hanwha Life Esports, the team confirmed Monday. Lehends is the last piece of HLE’s 2020 roster puzzle, as he joines veterans like Lee “CuVee” Seong-jin and Kang “Haru” Min-seung.
HLE had a promising start to its franchise. Although they have never made LCK playoffs, the young team placed top 6 in both 2018 Summer and 2019 Spring regular seasons, outperforming the likes of Gen.G, KT Rolster, and even SK Telecom T1. 2019 Summer, however, was a period of deteriorating performance. HLE finished 9th in the regular season and faced relegation. And while they managed to save their LCK spot, it was clear the roster needed a major overhaul.
During the off-season, HLE kept only mid laner Kang “Tempt” Myung-gu and released every other starter. Instead of new talent, they looked towards experience and signed top laner CuVee and jungler Haru, who had played together on three different rosters: Samsung Galaxy, KSV, and Gen.G. For the bot lane, they turned to former KT Rolster player Jeon “Zenit” Tae-gwon and now Lehends is the support that will wrap up the starting line-up.
Lehends himself became a free agent amid the drama that engulfed his former team, Griffin. Amid investigations from LCK and LPL officials, Griffin saw their director Cho Gyu-nam resign. Following the case of Griffin’s unlawful loan of Seo “Kanavi” Jin-hyeok to JD Gaming, parent company Still8 also tore up all existing, unfair contracts with its players, offering them to either sign the new ones or enter free agency. Lehends was one of the three starters that chose the latter, together with mid Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon and top Choi “Doran” Hyeon-joon.
HLE’s final 2020 roster is therefore:
|Top||Lee “CuVee” Seong-jin|
|Jungle||Kang “Haru” Min-seung|
|Mid||Kang “Tempt” Myung-gu|
|Bot||Jeon “Zenit” Tae-gwon|
|Support||Son “Lehends” Si-woo|