Hangzhou-based esports organization LGD Gaming has announced the signing of former Gen G jungler Han “Peanut” Wang-ho and KT Rolster coach Oh “ZanDarC” Chang-jong to its League of Legends roster. Both player and coach will join the Chinese team for their first time in the Tencent League of Legends Pro League (LPL).
— LGD Gaming (@LGDgaming) November 22, 2019
Peanut and ZanDarC join
Peanut joins LGD Gaming after competing in the Korean scene for the past 5 years. He started in 2014 under organizations like NaJin e-mFire, ROX Tigers, SK Telecom T1, Longzhu Gaming, and Kingzone DragonX. The 21-year-old last played for Gen G, but the team wasn’t able to accomplish much, even with nearly two players per role. It placed 7th during the 2019 League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK) Spring Split, with a 6th place finish in the Summer Split. In comparison, his time on Kingzone DragonX brought better results during the 2018 season.
ZanDarC has held a role on the coaching staff for the KT Rolster organization during his entire competitive League of Legends career. This started in 2013 on teams KT Rolster Arrows and KT Rolster Bullets, but the two were disbanded and combined to form one organization in November of 2014. Since then, he has helped KT Rolster achieve an appearance at 2015’s World Championships, along with multiple 2nd and 3rd place finishes during past LCK seasons. Unfortunately, KT Rolster hasn’t fared as well in the past 2019 season, with a 9th place finish in the Spring Split that sent it into relegation. The team was able to save itself from being demoted but still finished the Summer Split in 8th place.
LGD Gaming in 14th
While these two may not have had the best performance in the most recent season, LGD Gaming is faring worse. With LPL teams winning the last two world championships, many have deemed it the “LPL era.” However, there are 16 teams in the LPL and LGD Gaming finished in 14th during the 2019 Summer Split. With 3 wins and 12 losses, the team only had one more win than Vici Gaming and Oh My God.
Despite the organization owning a 56,000-square foot arena and facility in the “Esports Town” of Hangzhou, Zhejiang, the last time it advanced to the World Championships was 2015. Can LGD Gaming become an upper half bracket team in the 2020 LPL Season? Let us know about your opinion, and keep up with Daily Esports for all of your League of Legends coverage.