UcaL joins Afreeca Freecs for the 2019 LCK season
Afreeca Freecs have announced that they have signed standout mid laner Son “UcaL” Woo-hyeon for the 2019 LCK season.
The move puts Afreeca Freecs in a strong position in the LCK free agency. AFS currently have Kim “Kiin” Gi-in, Lee “Mowgli” Jae-ha, Kim “Aiming” Ha-ram and Son “Jelly” Ho-gyeong on the roster. UcaL’s arrival strengthens the mid lane spot, and more moves are on the horizon for the team.
Since 2017, Afreeca Freecs has been investing on the development of young talent in the LCK. The team’s infrastructure and coaching staff helped develop players from Challenger Series (or Challenger solo queue) caliber to world class. Indeed, Kiin and Mowgli showed strong play during the team’s 2018 World Championship run, which ended in the quarterfinals against the like-minded Cloud9.
UcaL joins a young team as a lethal mid laner with one year’s worth of LCK experience. As a member of KT Rolster, he won the 2018 LCK summer split and reached the World Championship quarterfinals, where he fell to eventual champions Invictus Gaming 3-2. Despite the loss, he stood toe-to-toe against Song “Rookie” Eui-jin, faring better than his other opponents at Worlds.
UcaL’s arrival allows Afreeca Freecs to contend against rookie squads Griffin and DAMWON Gaming — both poised to take over the LCK. Before that, they need to sign a strong support, as TusiN left the team. In addition, they may face a problem should they not sign an in-game leader to fill TusiN’s void.
The player showcased versatility in his role, and he was efficient on a wide champion pool. Of the 20 champions he played, he was at his most potent on Azir (12W-2L). In addition, he widened his champion pool to accomodate his team’s needs (Galio, Aatrox and Urgot included) as well as the meta (Yasuo, Ryze, Irelia and Lissandra among many others).