Rookie joins Victory Five and receives LPL-residency
The former world champion in the mid-laner song “Rookie” Eui-jin has officially joined Victory Five, according to Korizon. Rookie, who spent over six years at Invictus Gaming, is now making the leap to a new League of Legends team in the LPL ahead of the 2022 Spring Split.
— KORIZON (@KorizonEsports) December 23, 2021
The mid-laner has now also met the requirements to relocate from South Korea to China. This means that he will no longer take an import seat in an LPL team.
Rookie joined Invictus Gaming in 2014 after briefly playing for KT Rolster Arrows, the only LCK team he has ever played for. As part of the massive South Korean exodus to the LPL, rookie and his longtime solo-lane-duo Kang “TheShy” Seung-lok quickly became the faces of Invictus Gaming over the years.
Rookie is best known for his contributions to the 2018 Invictus Gaming World Cup. In addition to its teammates, IG was the first LPL team to win the world championship, followed by two more in FunPlus Phoenix and EDward Gaming in the following years.
Many Rosterchanges with Rookie, but successful
The experienced mid-laner is now joining his only third team in Victory Five. V5, recently acquired by Ninjas In Pyjamas, has rarely shown success in the LPL, qualifying for the playoffs only once in its three-year history.
However, V5 is aiming for a completely new look before 2022. Rookie will join Hung “Karsa” Hao-Hsuan, Ying “Photic” Qi-Shen and Guo “ppgod” Peng. Although the top laner for this squad is unclear, with significantly bigger names and more experienced players, Victory Five is hoping to turn its luck in the LPL.
Old Victory Five Lineup