Superteam Hanwha Life Esports has expanded by two additional global championsNovember 26, 2022
There is currently little chance that Hanwha Life Esports will again place last in the LCK in 2023.
Following the announcement of bot lane player Park “Viper” Do-return hyeon’s two days ago, the organization has now announced the additions of Worlds 2022 champions Kim “Zeka” Geon-woo (formerly of DRX) and top laner and finals MVP Hwang “Kingen” Seong-hoon.
Both both the Spring and Summer splits of the LCK in 2021, HLE ended in eighth position and was eliminated from playoff contention.
The squad announced the additions of Kingen, a “great team fighting ability,” player, and Zeka, a “versatile player with spectacular moves,” through Twitter.
The LCK 2023 roster for Hanwha Life Esports consists of the Kingen, Zeka, Clid, Viper, and Life teams
On November 20, 2022, the expiration date for all DRX player contracts, the whole 2022 World Championship squad became free agents.
Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu, formerly of DRX’s bot lane, was the first member of the Worlds 2020 champion DWG KIA to confirm his move.
As with the last Edward Gaming Worlds 2021 champion Viper, Kingen and Zeka will be bringing with them valuable LPL expertise. Before coming to China in 2020 to play for a failing Bilibili Gaming team, the top laner had time with APK Prince and KT Rolster. The squad finished 12th out of 17 that summer, missing the playoffs entirely.
When Zeka left Vici Gaming for Bilibili Gaming in 2021, it was just a year later. They made it into the playoffs, but their run was cut short as they were swept by Team WE and wound up in seventh and eighth place.
|LCK 2023 ROSTER HANWHA LIFE ESPORTS||ROLE|
|Hwang “Kingen” Seong-hoon||Top lane|
|Kim “Clid” Tae-min||Jungle|
|Kim “Zeka” Geon-woo||Mid lane|
|Park “Viper” Do-hyeon||Bot lane|
|Kim “Life” Jeong-min||Support|
By banding together at DRX, the team managed the unthinkable, making it all the way to the World Championship final as the first ever fourth-seeded Play-Ins team. They won the League of Legends championship by beating T1 3-2.
Lee “DuDu” Dong-ju, HLE’s starting top laner, is under contract with the organization and will likely play the role of a replacement if needed.
Kim “Clid” Tae-min, formerly of Gen.G and FunPlus Phoenix jungler, and Kim “Life” Jeong-min, formerly of Gen.G as a support player, were also revealed as signing with the club.