“Mickey is young, ambitious, and a hard worker. He brings a desire to win, an aggressive play style and an enthusiasm to play in North America and we’re excited about that,” said Steve Arhancet, co-owner of Team Liquid in the announcement. “As an organization, we have some of the best resources in terms of accommodating a Korean who has not yet been to North America and we feel like we’re well-positioned to give Mickey a healthy transition.”
Mickey was most recently part of the LCK’s ROX Tigers, until he was released in the middle of the LCK summer split by the team. The announcement from ROX didn’t elaborate the details that led to the team’s decision, which left many fans miffed towards the decision. What raised even more eyebrows was how he was still listed to be under contract until November at the time, according to Riot’s global contract database.
The signing of Mickey to Team Liquid is made even more interesting, seeing as the team already has two imports in the form of Chae “Piglet” Gwang-jin as AD Carry and Kim “Reignover” Yeu-jin as jungler. As teams are not allowed to have more than two imports in the starting lineup at the same time, how Liquid will adjust its starting roster remains to be seen.
Mickey made his debut with the Afreeca Freecs in 2016, previously a member of Team WE in the LPL. During his time as a professional, he’s been regarded as a player with a great amount of potential, being able to best Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok at times. However he was also under much criticism as he showed inconsistent performances as well, with a sense of aggression that either nets him a big reward or a throw.
Team Liquid currently sits at ninth place in the NA LCS, with a record of 4-10.