Two World Champions are added to Hanwha Life’s League squad for 2023.
Hanwha Life Esports is now the big winner of the 2022 LCK offseason as this move has been officially confirmed.
ADC Park “Viper” Do-hyeon, a former member of EDward Gaming and the 2021 World Champion, was added to the League of Legends roster on November 22. Hanwha Life Esports has now officially announced that former DRX top laner Hwang “Kingen” Sung-hoon and mid laner Kim “Zeka” Geon-woo will be joining for the 2023 season.
#HLE #Official #Announcement
Hwang ’Kingen’ Sung-hoon, winner of the 2022 World Championship, and Kim ‘Zeka’ Geon-woo will join Hanwha Life Esports. We sincerely welcome ‘Kingen,’ who has strong ability in a team fight, and ‘Zeka’, who is a versatile player with super plays. pic.twitter.com/HGYSIF2OmZ
— Hanwha Life Esports (@HLEofficial) November 25, 2022
The two are now the reigning global champions after defeating T1 in one of the most competitive championship series in League history. Kingen and Zeka both played key roles in DRX’s incredible run; Kingen won MVP in the grand final, and Zeka gained notoriety for leading his team and solo murdering elite competitors like EDG’s mid laner Lee “Scout” Ye-chan.
HLE's mid laner is down to 2 candidates:
Scout or Zeka
— Jh21 (@JHYooHoo) November 22, 2022
There were rumors about who would join Hanwha Life and Viper to form the super roster before the announcement. In addition to Zeka, Scout was also a contender for the mid lane spot, but Zeka won out, according to former Griffin head coach Han “H Dragon” Sang-yong.
"HLE signed their plan A players."
"They thought Zeka is better than Scout."
"How could their plan A be a player did not even decide to be an FA? HLE's plan A was Canyon last year. They just do that."
— Rumorman (@Mr_Rumor_) November 25, 2022
Hanwha Life still has to lock up the jungle and the support position once the top lane, mid lane, and ADC slots have been secured. The two candidates who will complete the roster, according to various reports and rumors, are renowned support Kim “Life” Jeong-min and former FunPlus Phoenix jungler Kim “Clid” Tae-min. However, it still remains to be seen whether the super roster will actually materialize.