Crown sets sights on NA, joins OpTic Gaming for 2019
Lee “Crown” Min-ho has joined OpTic Gaming for the two seasons, the team announced on Twitter. The player is the organization’s first offseason signing.
Crown replaces the departed Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage on OpTic Gaming’s lineup, and more signings are on the horizon. OpTic currently counts Niship “Dhokla” Doshi and Terry “BIG” Chuong as its members. Bot laner Noh “Arrow” Dong-hyeon and jungler Matthew “Akaadian” Higginbotham have not renewed their contracts at the time of writing.
In signing with OpTic, Crown sets off to continue his globe-trotter ways. In 2014, he played in Brazil as a member of Team 58ers and Keyd Stars under the name Shadow. He then went back to Korea in 2015 and stayed within Samsung Galaxy (later Gen.G), becoming a core member of their lineup.
With him in tow, Samsung Galaxy (and Gen.G) reached the World Championship three times. In 2016, the lineup lost to SK Telecom T1 in the finals 3-2. They would avenge their loss a year later with a 3-0 sweep in the finals, lifting the trophy in the process. However, 2018 signaled the end of their run as they crashed during the group stage at a 1W-5L record in Group B.
Crown brings experience to a lineup that may desperately need it. However, his fluency in English and his ability to contribute to the lineup remains to be seen, particularly following his dismantling at the hands of current Team Liquid mid laner Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen. In facing Jensen, he will also face former teammate Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in.