CJ Entus’ veteran player Hong “MadLife”Min-gi said on Friday in a phone interview with OSEN’s Ko Yong-jun that he is negotiating with a foreign organization.
“I’m sorry I can’t say much in detail, but I think I will be signing with a foreign team within the month,” he said. “I expect to make the announcement early next year when it won’t have any impact on my joining the tournament. It’s disappointing, but it’s a fact that the results were bad this season. I thank the fans who are concerned about my future.”
MadLife is one of the most popular and well known League of Legends players, making a large splash both Internationally and domestically through his uncanny ability to land hooks as Blitzcrank. Also known as the “god of hooks,” MadLife has been part of CJ since 2011 as a member of Azubu Frost before the team changed to CJ Entus Frost. Even on other support champions such as Sona or Leona, he showed meticulous calculation in the bot lane, changing fights and winning lanes, which only cemented his position as one of the greatest support players at the time.
However his performance started to drop since 2014 as the team couldn’t bring back the performance of earlier seasons, and although it looked like he was making a comeback in the 2015 season, CJ Entus had its worst season in 2016, getting relegated in the 2016 summer split of League Champions Korea.
Despite his ailing performance, MadLife has been voted in three of the four All-Star event tournaments, showing that his fan base is still going strong.
Cover photo courtesy of Riot Games.