100 Thieves to add Huhi & Bang, Ryu to take coaching role
100 Thieves have hired Choi “Huhi” Jae-Hyun as their starting mid laner, have moved Yoo “Ryu” Sang-wook to assistant coach, and are eyeing Bae “Bang” Jun-sik as their bot laner. Jacob Wolf first reported on the news, with Bang’s move yet to be official. As a result of the transactions, the lineup currently looks as follows:
In a bizarre turn, the North American team would feature three Korean-speaking players. One of them, Huhi, is a resident since he acquired a Green Card in Jul. 14, 2018. The other two shone in the LCK as members of opposing teams before joining forces in 100 Thieves.
The acquisition of Huhi is a clear upgrade in the mid lane, and pr0lly would be wise to use the pressure he generates. In addition, the rumored entry of Bang would uplift the bot lane to levels rarely seen in North America. Overall, the moves torpedo 100 Thieves at the forefront of the LCS title race alongside Team Liquid.
One of 100 Thieves’ acquisitions, Bang, was part of a storied rivalry in South Korea with Ssumday. Indeed, the two players were on opposite ends of the Telecom Wars from 2014 until 2016. In 2014, Ssumday’s KT Rolster Arrows caused Bang’s SK Telecom T1 S to miss the playoffs in the 2014 OGN/LCK spring split. However, starting 2015, the head-to-head score went in Bang’s favor: 22-8 overall, with the 2016 summer semifinals as the most noteworthy matchup as Ssumday’s side finally overcame SKT T1 in a series.
The moves come at the cost of Ryu’s playing career, as the team announced that he is switching to coaching. The team made the best out of the situation, as Ryu and pr0lly have been close collaborators since 2014. From 2014 to 2016, they powered H2K Gaming to relevance in Europe and on the world stage. In fact, they went as far as to reach the 2016 World Championship semifinals as a player-coach duo.
Update @ Nov. 23 on 12:30 a.m. CET — Bang has officially joined 100 Thieves. The team announced the transaction on Twitter, noting that it is a two-year deal.