Longzhu Roster Changes: Pray and Gorilla Form the New Bot-Lane
Newly announced Longzhu roster changes find the South Korean esports organization picking up a new bottom lane duo for its League of Legends squad.
Jongin “PraY” Kim and Beom “GorillA” Kang have been playing together for the last two seasons under the banner of ROX Tigers. Last month, the bottom lane duo decided to not renew their contracts. This is despite the fact that Gorilla was a key ingredient in the formation of ROX.
In their search for a new team, the key demand put forth was that both players were interested in joining together. According to rumors, this proved difficult for unnamed organizations who were interested in signing just one of them.
However, Pray and Gorilla stuck together. Their storied bottom lane partnership will now continue in the upcoming League of Legends competitive season from the side of Longzhu Gaming, formerly known as Incredible Miracle.
Rough translation of a Facebook announcement reveals the organization to have high hopes for next year.
The duo of Pray and Gorilla is widely considered by analysts to be one of the best bottom lanes in the world. While with ROX, the pair entered the Spring Split of the 2016 LCK to finish first in the regular season with a staggering tally of 16-2. Unfortunately, ROX fell to SK Telecom T1 in the playoffs and failed to qualify for the 2016 Mid-Season Invitational.
The same pair then went on to showcase dominance in Summer Split of the 2016 LCK, registering a tally of 15-3 in the regular season. Soon after, Pray and Gorilla beat KT Rolster in the finals to win their first-ever LCK title in history.
They have attended two League of Legends World Championships together. As Korea’s first seed, ROX fought its way into the semifinals where it stood against SKT in a sensational series of matches. It was also where we got to witness Pray’s stunning Enchanted Crystal Arrows and Gorilla’s surprise Miss Fortune counter to Zyra. The combination helped ROX draw the series 2-2. However, SKT bounced back in the end to eliminate ROX from the competition.
One thing that’s certain from the just announced Longzhu roster changes, the organization will have little to worry about as far as its bottom lane is concerned.