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Rounding out the six team IEM San Jose lineup is LGD, who took over half of the votes to see which team would represent China at the upcoming tournament in California.

 

China voting results

LGD enters IEM with redemption on their minds after taking first place in China’s LPL but failing to make it to the next round of the 2015 World Championship, picking up only two wins before being eliminated from the group stage.

Complete IEM San Jose Lineup:

 

  • Fnatic (Europe)
  • Origen (Europe)
  • Counter Logic Gaming (North America)
  • Team SoloMid (North America)
  • Jin Air Green Wings (South Korea)
  • LGD Gaming (China)

 

IEM San Jose will take place on November 21-22, at the SAP center, where teams will compete for a $50,000 prize pool.

 

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Confirmed by lolesports, LGD has opted to use substitute Lee “Flame” Hojong in place of Choi “Acorn” Cheon-ju after an 0-3 start to the 2015 World Championship Group Stage.

 

LGD gave The Score’s Kelsey Moser a statement on their decision to make the swap:

The team has had good results with Flame during scrims and would like to give him a chance.

 

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LGD and the rest of group D’s matches kick off on Saturday, October 10th.

 

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LGD Gaming, which already features Gu “Imp” Seung-bin and World Champion Choi “Acorn” Cheon-ju, has announced that they’ve signed Lee “Flame” Ho-Jong. On top of that, OnGamers sources have been told that the contract is worth over $500,000 USD, and that Flame even denied a $1,000,000 contract from Stand Point Gaming – an organization with a less notable LoL team.

 “We are pleased to announce the addition of Acorn and Flame to our League of Legends team. Last year we barely missed out on the World Championships and ended the season in fourth place. Both Acorn and Flame, proven individuals who have played in OGN Finals, will be instrumental in our campaign to conquer the LPL. We are looking forward to the upcoming season and hope to do our fans proud.”

said Orrin Xu, LGD’s Business Development Manager.

 

Who to Start

Since LGD also signed Acorn, they have two Korean top laners. LGD’s management have yet to decide who will start, with both being one of the best in their position at certain points in time. Flame, who was dominant quite a while back, was significantly more dominant than Acorn was in early-mid 2014.

Flame was known as a player who could be at your inhibitor turret by twenty minutes into the game if left unchecked, while Acorn has been known for spot-on teleports and an incredible ability to thrive in a 1v2 lane. That’s a huge contrast – Flame was THE star, Acorn made sacrifices so someone else could be the star. LGD do have Imp on that team, having Flame as well may be too much work for the jungler to handle. Acorn will likely play well into letting other players do their job, but all we can do is wait and see how LGD chooses to utilize two, very talented yet very different top laners.

 

You can follow LGD Gaming at @LGDGaming

 

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