Athena leaves BiliBili Gaming ahead of 2019 season
Kang “Athena” Ha-woon and BiliBili Gaming have mutually parted ways. The player will not be playing with the team for the first time in four seasons.
The event removes the possibility of roster juggles within BiliBili Gaming. Indeed, the team frequently adjusted its roster in 2017 and 2018 to follow import rules, as teams cannot field more than two import players. However, the team’s bot lane pairing of Xie “Jinjiao” Jin-Shan and Korean import Yun “Road” Han-gil has been successful. The matter makes Road an unmovable piece, and the team frequently chose between Athena and another player in 2018.
The team’s signing of Kang “ADD” Geon-mo was a signal that Athena’s time on BLG had come to an end. However, it wasn’t all for naught: the player helped I May (later BLG) reach the World Championship in 2016. In addition, BLG performed well during the spring split, reaching the playoffs in 2017 and 2018. However, their summer performances were subpar compared to the rest of the field, and they failed to reach the LPL regional gauntlet two years in a row.
Athena initially made a name for himself as the mid laner of ESC Ever (later bbq Olivers) in 2015. The player caught EDward Gaming’s attention, but his status as Heo “PawN” Won-seok’s substitute meant that he lacked playing time. As such, his move to I May was a no-brainer. After cementing his legacy on the team for two years, the player heads into a volatile free agency market.