Before MSI 2022 began, Astralis shut down former Fredit Brion Challengers support Lee Jeong-hoon to round out the League of Legends roster for the 2022 LEC Summer Split.
The 22-year-old will join veteran AD carry Kasper “Kobbe” Kobberup in the bottom lane when this new-looking Astralis lineup attempts to break away from the bottom of the regular season standings for the first time. The team lineup now consists of JeongHoon and Kobbe in the bottom lane, with rookie mid laner Dajor still accompanied by jungler Andrei “Xerxe” Dragomir and top lane veteran Kiss “Vizicsacsi” Tamás.
JeongHoon only started his career in 2019 when he joined GC Busan Ascension to help the team qualify for the Korea Challengers league. After their early departure at the hands of Gen.G in the 2019 KeSPA Cup, Element Mystic eventually got him to compete for them in 2020. The last team he played for was Fredit Brion Challengers until 2021, but not he was able to find a team for the 2022 Spring Split.
Astralis head coach Baltat “AOD” Alin-Ciprian said JeongHoon is a raw talent who is motivated and willing to work for the shot given to him. The focus for the team is to help him integrate into the current systems they have. The support player’s English speaking skills are at “beginner-level,” according to AOD, but because the org built its roster early, the team has plenty of time to help him adjust and learn.
“It’s likely that a lot of people will question our decision to sign JeongHoon, because of the other promising players currently playing in the ERLs,” AOD said. “However, we did our due diligence and compared him to our other available options in Europe.”
When Astralis is looking for new support talent, JeongHoon looks perfect for the role he wants to play, being a “proactive playmaking support player who can take over games through his decisive gameplay.” He will likely need time to adjust, however, as he has not competed in any major competition in the region before.