Gen.G announced on Twitter the departure of jungler Kang “Ambition” Chan-Yong and mid laner Lee “Crown” Min-Ho. Both players have been teammates since Samsung Galaxy in 2015. As Gen.G referenced, both players were instrumental in Samsung’s 2017 World Championship victory. Additionally, they led Samsung to 2nd place at the 2016 World Championship. In their first year with Gen.G, they once again made it to Worlds, but failed to make it out of the group stage.
[ Farewell, Ambition and Crown ] pic.twitter.com/C46ZAV9xnx
— Gen.G LOL (@GenGLoL) November 16, 2018
Ambition and Crown’s departure signals a new era for Gen.G, moving on from significant role players in past years. For much of Worlds, Gen.G defaulted to their newer jungler, Kang “Haru” Min-Seung, and will likely continue to do so in the future. Crown’s mid lane performances continually decayed, but he is still well-associated with the team’s beginnings. Currently, mid laner Song “Fly” Yong-Jun is likely to take his place in 2019.
Gen.G never won a LoL Champions Korea split with this unit, but still made it to the world championship finals, two years in a row. Ambition and Crown are legends themselves, with the former being the centerpiece of Riot Games’ “Rise” video for this year’s world championship. Given that the core of the roster is set to remain, 2019 likely won’t be a rebuild of the roster. As a team that still has great talent, a moderate tune-up is the best way to go.