With the LCS Summer Split looming ever closer in the minds of fans and teams alike, Dignitas is making significant changes to its roster.
The moves were first hinted early on Thursday morning, as it was reported that Top Laner Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon was reportedly about to be traded. The former highest-paid player in the LCS had his contract removed from the Global Contract Database on April 23, but this didn’t necessarily mean he’d be moving on from the squad. However, the reports were confirmed later on Thursday, with the player’s official move to Evil Geniuses.
The today, the team announced it had also parted ways with Kim “Olleh” Joo-sung. Olleh had mainly filled the Support role on Dignitas Academy but had occasionally stepped up to fill the position on the main roster. In January the former KT Rolster player had seen his contract extended with Dignitas through the Summer Split, and into November 2021. However, as of today, that contract is reportedly void.
This pair of departures come in the wake of two huge acquisitions for the team. On May 26 it was revealed that Dignitas would be acquiring Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett, the embattled former-TSM Jungler, who’d been at the centre of some of the team’s recent controversy. A day later, on May 27, the squad also revealed the signing of Omran “V1per” Shoura.
The new duo adds a combination of youth and substantial competitive experience to the lineup. Both players are just 22 years old, but between them have eight combined years of LCS experience.
After Dignitas’ 8-10 LCS 2020 Spring Season, it was clear a roster shuffle was in order. However, the scale of the change is perhaps far beyond what many observers had expected. In dropped two core members of last split’s squad. The team has said goodbye to a legacy of a confused and somewhat mediocre lineup. With their new acquisitions, it’s clear the team means to make a more consistent push towards the playoffs next split.