Counter Logic Gaming has announced that Jae-hyun “Huhi” Choi will take over as the starting mid laner for the team heading into the 2016 NA LCS.
Replacing Eugene “Pobelter” Park, who joined the team alongside Huhi in May, the move comes as a surprise after achieving successful results with the current roster. Winning the North American LCS Summer Split and qualifying for the 2015 World Championship for the first time since season two, Pobelter was regarded as one of the best mid laners in the region, often cited in the top two. Â Despite their domestic success, CLGÂ failed to exit the group stages at the 2015 World Championship, putting up a 2-4 record before being eliminated from the tournament.
Excerpt from the official statement by CLG:
It was not an easy decision to make. Eugene “Pobelter” Park has accomplished more than CLG could have hoped for during his time as a starter these past months. His efforts and talent were key in what culminated to be CLG’s first LCS championship victory. Although he will no longer be CLG’s starting mid laner, the team believes that he is an exceptionally talented and consistent player. CLG will be actively looking to provide Pobelter with the best possible opportunities moving into the next LCS season.
Despite no official games with the team,Â It appears Huhi has been meshing well and performing in scrims,prompting the decision. Huhi took to twitter after the announcement:
I tried to keep my motivation despite my situation and i got an opportunity. Tried hard for this chance and going to try harder.
â€” huhi (@LOLHuHi) October 24, 2015
PobelterÂ shared his frustration:
â€” Eugene Park (@Pobelter) October 24, 2015
Read the full announcementÂ by CLG
image via carry6, CLG