After Wednesday’s League Champions Korea match against the BBQ Olivers, Longzhu’s top laner Koo “Expession” Bon-taek said in an interview with Daily eSports’ Lee Yun-ji that he feels this season will be the one where Longzhu finally breaks through.
“There were many voices that said they were nervous, excited, or unsure when the team was put together,” he said. “Honestly even we don’t know what’s going to happen. I think we could win the split, and that we can make it to the postseason. I think we will be able to because we’re playing so well. I think we will be able to show the fans Longzhu making it to the postseason.”
Longzhu has been an organization of disappointment for many of its fans. Previously known as Incredible Miracle, the team’s history of mediocrity can be traced back to the 2013 season. The team had to fight to stay in the LCK regular season for the 2015 summer split and the 2016 spring split.
Last year was supposed to be a revitalization, with a re-brand to Longzhu and a 10-person roster that included high profile talent with international experience. The team did improve but again failed to make it to the playoffs in either splits and narrowly avoided relegation during the summer.
Going into 2017, another repeat of the preseason seems to be taking shape, as Longzhu added high profile talent such as Kim “PraY” Jong-in and Kang “GorillA” Beom-hyun, previously of the ROX Tigers, while also fostering rookie talent in Moon “Cuzz” Woo-chan. The results look encouraging at the moment, with Longzhu in fourth place with a 3-2 record.
Expession’s words show a clear need to make it to the postseason in 2017, and if the early season success is any indicator, the 2017 spring split might be the time for Longzhu to break the cycle of disappointment.