The final batch of SKT roster changes see the South Korean organization sign Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon as its starting top-laner.
The move is incredibly surprising because with a number of professional League of Legends players waving the free-agent flag, many believed SK Telecom T1 would be showing interest in other individuals. Specifically, it was widely believed that former KT Rolster’s Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho or former Afreeca Freecs’ Jeon “Ikssu” Ik-soo would fill in as the new top-laner of the reigning world championship team.
SKT T1 NEW TOP Player : Seunghoon ‘Huni ‘ Heo,
JunHyeong ‘Profit’ Kim.
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— SK telecom T1 (@sktelecom_t1) December 2, 2016
Huni made a lot of western teams respect his top-lane presence last year, showing incredible dominance with Fnatic during the 2015 Summer Split of the European League Championship Series (EU LCS). Registering an unbeaten streak of 18-0, Fnatic managed to reach the semifinals of the 2015 League of Legends World Championship before falling to SKT.
This year, Huni jumped over to the North American competitive circuit by signing up with newly formed Immortals. Despite having the best regular season record over the course of the entire season, Immortals placed third in both the spring and summer playoffs. The organization missed its chance at Worlds and since then has disbanded.
Earlier rumors dictated that Huni was interested in heading back to Fnatic. Him signing up with SKT is remarkable news for the 18-year-old League of Legends player. He was also one of two remaining original members on Immortals who were yet to announce which team they would be heading to. With Huni confirmed as the starting top-laner for SKT, we now await Eugene “Pobelter” Park to reveal his decision.
In addition to picking up Huni, SKT also confirmed signing up Kim “Profit” Joon-hyung as a secondary top-laner.
With today’s announcements, the SKT roster changes for the pre-season are officially done. Here is the starting lineup for the three-time world championship winner in the upcoming new season:
- TOP: Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon
- JUN: Yoon “Peanut” Wang-ho
- MID: Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok
- ADC: Bae “Bang” Jun-sik
- SUP: Lee “Wolf” Jae-wan