Genji 2023 Roster
(TOP) Hyun-jun “Doran” Choi
(JUG) Han “Peanut” Wang-ho
(MID) Jeong “Chobi” Jung-hoon
(BOT) Kim “Phase” Soo-hwan
(SUP) Hwanjung “Delight” Yoo
On November 10, before the official start of the Stove League, we received some unexpected free agent news. Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk, who has been with Genji for over six years, has left the team. The first official announcement from the team was not someone else’s, but the end of the contract of a franchise star. Not only Genji, but LCK fans everywhere were shocked.
‘Ruler’ had been with Genji since his debut in 2016. Through multiple team name changes and various players joining and leaving the team, he’s always stood in the same spot, protecting the bottom. However, nearing the end of its eighth year, Ruler wanted to evaluate the market and take on new challenges, and Genji respected that. He swallowed his disappointment and accepted Ruler’s choice.
Taking over as Ruler’s ace batong is Chobi “Chobi” Jeong-hoon. The duo had been the team’s two-horsepower throughout the 2022 season, but their paths in 2023 were diametrically opposed. Chobi signed a new contract for the first time in his professional career. It’s the first time he’s stayed with a team for more than two years since his multi-year Griffin days.
He will be flanked by Peanut and Doran. It’s awkward to see Peanut, a commander type, being called an assistant, but it also means that Chobi has a lot of influence. In any case, ‘Peanut’ and ‘Doran’, who usually change teams every year, were able to re-sign with the team, leaving the top three players intact for the upcoming season.
Soo-hwan “Phase” Kim fills the void left by Ruler. Born in December 2005, the rookie was selected as a Zenji trainee in his third year of middle school. Recognizing his potential early on, Genji enrolled him in the second team as soon as he turned 16 to develop his practical skills. The timing of Ruler’s transfer was fortuitous, as he joined the first-team roster just after turning 17.
Joining him on the roster is returning supporter Delight. Poten is already a proven player, having spent time as a trainee with Genji and T1. During his two years at Freddie Brion, he was well-regarded by officials for his consistent performance amidst the team’s poor results. One concern is that he has yet to experience a fight between the top teams.
Both ‘Phase’ and ‘Delight’ have a lot of potential, but they don’t have enough experience to be sure. Furthermore, there are quite a few strong bottoms in the LCK right now. It will be difficult for Genji to operate with a strong bottom as a constant, which is what they have been used to. So the brothers’ shoulders are heavy. The roles of veterans Doran and Chobi and commander Peanut have become very important.
Of the many interviews we conducted during this off-season, one of the most memorable was with Chobi. Chobi described the 2022 season as “no fun. The powerful roster of the 2022 Genesis, which was all about doing my job, was a “no-jam” for Chobi. It reminded him of a Taoist who deliberately pushes himself to the limit and achieves transcendence.
In that sense, the 2023 season is likely to go his way. The stakes are higher, and the competition is stronger. We may need the Chobi of old, the one who could perfectly fulfill a variety of roles, 카지노사이트 including lining up, roaming, making, and initiating. Will ‘Chobi’ have a year where he can have fun and win?