North American League of Legends squad Cloud9 has announced their lineup for the 2017 League Championship Series Spring Split on Monday, replacing their long-time jungler while adding a second Korean native up top.
Via a video released on Monday, the 2016 World Championship participant will promote Juan “Contractz” Garcia to the starting lineup in place of William “Meteos” Hartman while adding former Team Dignitas top laner Jeon “Ray” Ji-won as a substitute to incumbent top Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong.
Happy to be playing for @Cloud9 this coming LCS split. Ready to work hard and improve !!
— contractz (@ContractzLoL) December 19, 2016
“I definitely do think that I have quite big shoes to fill because Meteos was an all-around good jungler,” stated Contractz in the organization’s announcement video. “And I’ll look forward to improving myself to just be a good jungler for Cloud9.”
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Contractz, who became LCS eligible on Aug. 25, his 17th birthday, will be promoted from their Challenger lineup that qualified for the premier circuit on Aug. 6. Due to Riot Games’ stipulation about owning just a single team in the LCS, Cloud9 is forced to sell off their second spot, which C9 was in the process of doing so, while retaining Contractz, to Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Wesley Edens, per another report by Wolf.
Meteos, who returned to the front lines on May 9 and led the team to second place in the 2016 North American Summer Split and 5th-8th place finish at the annual World Championship, will return to the substitute role he held during his previous 10 month hiatus.
The duo will join returning members Impact, Nicolaj Jensen, Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi, Andy “Smoothie” Ta and Meteos as the revamped lineup prepares for to take the rest of the LCS in January.