Misfits sign GorillA, round out starting roster
Misfits Gaming have finalized their starting roster as they signed Kang “GorillA” Beom-hyeon for the 2019 season. ESPN’s Jacob Wolf initially broke the news, and Misfits confirmed the signing within minutes.
The signing is momentous, as it brings a top-caliber support to Europe. Although GorillA proficiency in English is unknown, he provides years of experience on the world stage. Indeed, the player has been a core member of KOO Tigers (later ROX Tigers), Longzhu Gaming and KingZone DragonX. As such, he has participated in three World Championships in a row (2015, 2016 and 2017), as well as the 2018 Mid-Season Invitational.
GorillA isn’t shy about engaging team fights or experimenting (for example, his support Miss Fortune at the 2016 World Championship), making him a great asset to the team. Misfits Gaming can use his play making prowess to set up win conditions across the map, leverage the strength of its bot laner Steven “Hans Sama” Liv, and activate other lanes at will.
The signing finalizes Misfits Gaming’s roster, which may be the most stacked in the LEC. Speaking of which, it is as follows (as updated on the offseason roundup post):
GorillA’s signing sends a message across Europe and the world: Misfits are on a quest to return to the World Championship. In fact, the team notably reached the quarterfinals in 2017 and nearly took out SK Telecom T1 in an evenly matched 3-2 thriller.
The team is still on the hunt for a head coach. Although, a previous Jacob Wolf report noted that Jesse “Jesiz” Le may take over the role. Previously, Syed Hussain “Moose” Moosvi held the role since the creation of the organization in 2016. However, he stepped down in Oct. 2018 to take on an unspecified front office role.