Top Esports Complete LoL Roster with Tian Signing

Gao “Tian” Tian-Ling has signed for Top Esports, with the jungler’s arrival having been confirmed by the Chinese organization... | 16. December 2021

Gao “Tian” Tian-Ling has signed for Top Esports, with the jungler’s arrival having been confirmed by the Chinese organization on Wednesday. The former FunPlus Phoenix favorite has a new home, with followers of Top Esports understandably being excited about what he can bring to the team.

Tian was named MVP at the 2019 Worlds, with the 21-year-old having also competed for Young Miracles and Suning during his career to date. He joined FunPlux Phoenix in December 2018, where he won the League of Legends World Championship almost a year later. However, with his performances having dropped at the Worlds 2021, he ultimately departed the org during the offseason. FPX would finish in last place in Group A during the event.

What Top Esports Said Upon Announcing Tian’s Arrival

Top Esports has big expectations for Tian, with the org looking to put together a competitive roster ahead of 2022. Speaking on his arrival, Top stated the following in an official announcement: “As a top-level jungler, he showed penetrating insight and outstanding performance on the court. We believe that Tian’s arrival will help the whole team to progress together.”

It was a decent year for Top Esports, who finished in a respectable fourth position at the 2021 LPL Spring Split playoffs back in April, before securing a top-eight finish in the Summer Split playoffs in August. However, with the org having failed to qualify for the Mid-Season Invitational and Worlds as a result, it comes as little surprise that they have decided to make changes to its roster.

Who Will Make Up the Remainder of Top Esports’ Roster?

Mid laner Zhuo “knight” Ding had his contract renewed, however the org parted ways with jungler Hung “Karsa” Hao-Hsuan, support Liang “yuyanjia” Jia-Yuan, and top laner Bai “369” Jia-Hao. The Chinese org has already announced the arrivals of jungler Wang “Xiaopeng” Peng and top laner Zhang “Zoom” Xing-Ran, who will team up alongside Tian, knight and top laner Huan “Wayward” Ren-Xing, with the latter having recently been promoted from the Top Esports academy roster.

It is not only Top’s playing roster that will have a different look to it in 2022, with the org having also made changes to its coaching set up. Luo “Cresent” Sheng has been promoted to head coach, having previously worked as a supervisor, with Chen “WarHorse” Ju-Chih having been let go. As a result, we now know the official lineup for Top Esports ahead of the 2022 LPL Spring Split, with fans waiting in anticipation to see whether they can improve on this year’s results.