Tempt to join Hanwha Life Esports for 2019
Bbq Olivers’ former mid laner, Kang “Tempt” Myung-gu, is joining Hanwha Life Esports according to a report from Korean publication OSEN. In doing so, he concludes his free agency period before it was set to start on Nov. 19, 2018.
The news follows bbq Olivers’ relegation from the LCK. Tempt played the entirety of his professional career on ESC Ever (later bbq Olivers). He notably scored a pentakill on Taliyah in his LCK debut against Team MVP.
Despite bbq’s fall, Tempt showed that he belonged at the top echelon of the Korean competitive scene. He showed willingness to innovate when he selected Karthus during the Patch 8.11 funnel strategy experiments. Below are the mid laner’s statistics compared to Hanwha Life Esports’ Kim “Lava” Tae-hoon throughout the season:
Considering that Lava is on HLE’s books until 2019 (bar transfers), the team’s mid lane situation might become as intriguing as it was during 2018. In 2018, the experienced Lee “Kuzan” Seong-hyeok played only three LCK games for the organization. However, he was very active in internal scrimmages, forming a squad with HLE’s substitutes. As the season ended, Kuzan announced his free agency and declared his preference for a Western team.
Whether Tempt and Lava would share playing time is uncertain, but their performance levels were comparable in 2018. This is particularly telling, considering the different fortunes that befell bbq Olivers (relegation) and Hanwha Life Esports (nearly qualifying for the playoffs in both splits).
Hanwha Life Esports are set to make a splash during the offseason. Besides Lava, HLE have signed bot laner Moon “Clever” Won-hee, and supports Kim “Key” Han-gi and Kim “Asper” Tae-gi until the end of the 2019 season.
Update: Nov. 13 at 2:20 a.m. CET — Tempt and development jungle prospect Kim “Bono” Gi-beom have joined Hanwha Life Esports. Bono was a substitute behind Kim “Trick” Gang-yun, and he played 15 games during 2018. Kim “Kenzi” Yong-woo was the first to report on the news on FOMOS.