Team Liquid completes its North American LCS roster with Impact
Cloud9’s Impact joins Team Liquid following his contract running out.
Team Liquid has finished off its roster for the North American League of Legends Championship Series in a big way by recruiting South Korean pro gamer Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong. Announced earlier today, the former Cloud9 top laner has come off a rough season in 2017.
Impact was originally on the bench at Cloud9, jumping on when a match needed shaking up, but hopefully Team Liquid will be utilising Impact’s skills on a new level. While on Cloud9 Impact did struggle against some big-name players in the top lane, like Lee “Fame” Ho-jong and Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell, his previous issues seem to have cleared in the wake of joining Team Liquid. Impact’s contract with Cloud9 ended on Monday, meaning he was able to sign up with Team Liquid as early as Tuesday morning.
Team Liquid wasn’t the only one with its eyes set on Impact, with his former team SK Telecom T1 offering him a position on its roster. Impact was on the lineup for SK Telecom in 2013 when the team won the World Championship. However, Impact turned the three-time world champions down for two reasons: salary and the pressure of being on a world champion team. Impact instead looked towards Team Liquid’s offer which included a full-time salary.
Impact is well liked by fans due to his happy and carefree attitude, always seeming to be smiling with a fun personality. He is known for coining the term “top die” for his rare ability to easily complete solo kills against the enemy top laners.
Impact joins other new members Jake “Xmithie” Puchero, Eugene “Pobelter” Park, Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng and Kim “Olleh” Joo-sung who make up the new Team Liquid NA LCS line-up. With Impact teamed up with Xmithie and Pobelter, the team can really set about exploring its options for the bottom lane. The substitutes and staff have yet to be announced but a "coming soon" blurb on the announcement site might signal that these will be released soon.
The North American League will start in 2018 and we will be covering all the news as it comes out. For more info on League of Legends and esports, have a look at our esports hub.
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