Team Vitality is said to be making major roster changes before the LEC Summer Split. According to the report by Upcomer, Vitality has acquired Kang “Haru” Min-Seung to its League of Legends squad for the role of the main jungler and Zhou “Bo” Yang-Bo as a substitute jungler.
After a disappointing finish at the LEC Spring Split, Team Vitality might be looking to make more roster changes, starting with Haru, who currently competes with a British esports organization X7 Esports. His notable contributions to the team helped X7 win its first LoL tournament — the NLC Spring 2022.
Haru gained fame in Korea thanks to his appearance with the Samsung Galaxy at the 2017 League of Legends World Championship. Even though he was a substitute jungler for the team at Worlds, he has the international experience under his belt.
Bo will be reportedly joining Vitality as a substitute jungler for the 2023 season. Meanwhile, he is said to be working on obtaining his visa, learning English and developing as a team substitute. Following a match-fixing charge in 2021, he was having trouble finding a new team in the Chinese region. After serving his four-month suspension, he was acquired as a substitute player by FunPlus Phoenix and is currently benched.
They signed @Haru 🇰🇷who will be starter for next split.
Details in deep about buyouts, the process, etc⬇️https://t.co/taDnET0zDW
— Alejandro Gomis (@anonimotum) May 11, 2022
The acquisitions allegedly follow the benching of the organization’s current jungler Oskar “Selfmade” Boderek. According to the Upcomer report, the entire roster and coaching staff requested to bench Selfmade due to different visions of how to play the mid-to-late game. His contract was originally extended until 2024 to “put him in the best conditions possible in order to succeed with the team.”
Vitality’s year of roster changes
Team Vitality hasn’t really seen a lot of success in the top-tier League of Legends so far. Before the start of the LEC Spring Split back in January, the organization signed Barney “Alphari” Morris, Luka “Perkz” Perković, and Matyáš “Carzzy” Orság to the active roster in hopes of better results. However, even after adding star players from all around Europe, the performance of the team wasn’t as effective as expected.
Despite a good start and key victories in the early stages of the competition, the squad began to crumble against top-tier teams like G2, Fnatic, MAD Lions and Rogue. The team made it to the playoffs but got instantly eliminated by G2 in the second playoff round of the lower bracket. To secure a better finish at the upcoming summer split, the team might be kicking improvements to the roster, starting with the jungler position.
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