Korean player and superstar mid laner Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon is officially joining Hanwha Life Esports ahead of the 2021 League of Legends season, the team announced on Tuesday.
Hanwha Life Esports announced the move via their official Twitter page.
Having originally rose to prominence with Griffin in 2018 and 2019, Chovy spent last season with DRX. After a third place finish in the League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK) spring split and a second place finish in the summer split, DRX was eliminated by rival, and eventual champions, DAMWON Gaming in the quarterfinals of Worlds 2020.
Chovy will be reuniting with bot laner Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu on Hanwha Life, who joined the team on Monday.
The move represents a big push by Hanwha Life, who finished eighth and ninth in the LCK spring and summer splits respectively. Having joined the LCK back during the summer of 2018, Hanwha has never finished higher than sixth place, and has never made an appearance in the playoffs. Backed by one of the biggest corporations in Korea, it looks like Hanwha is finally making their push.
With the advent of LCK franchising coming in 2021, it looks as though Hanwha Life just locked up their newest franchise player. Chovy is easily one of the most talented players in the LCK, and at just 19-years-old, he has plenty of room to grow.
Combined with Deft in the bot lane, Hanwha Life appears to be in a strong position to contend in 2021.