NRG announced support Choi “huhi” Jae-hyun as the fifth and final player for its 2024 roster, rounding out the full list of competitors for the next LCS season.
NRG revealed huhi as the newest member of its roster. The announcement came after the team confirmed the departure of Lee “IgNar” Dong-geun on December 3. huhi joins from the now-disbanded Golden Guardians. Golden Guardians and Evil Geniuses are no longer LCS franchises, which will see just eight teams in the league next year.
Huhi is considered one of the best North American supports at the moment, an interesting feat considering he started his career as a mid-laner. Huhi previously played for 100 Thieves, Golden Guardians, and CLG, the team whose slot NRG purchased in April 2023. The move to NRG reunites him with Victor “FBI” Huang, his bot lane partner from 2020 to 2022. The pair played together on 100 Thieves, winning the 2021 LCS Summer Split championship.
The addition of huhi should help the whole of NRG keep its aggressive playstyle throughout 2024. As a mid-laner-turned support, huhi has a more proactive and forward style. He tends to take more risks and is not afraid to go head-to-head with an enemy on his own. Because he played as a mid laner for several years, huhi has a broad champion pool.
LCS rosters complete for 2024
All eight teams have completed their rosters for the 2024 season.
LCS teams seem to be taking a thrifty approach to their 2024 rosters. Across the board, teams are going for low-profile imports like Team Liquid’s Eom “UmTi” Seong-hyeon and Immortals’ Cho “Castle” Hyeon-seong. UmTi used to play for OK Brion, a team that placed no higher than sixth in the LCK. Castle is a former KT Challengers substitute. This is good news for players like huhi, who might have previously seen a team like NRG try and make a splashy signing from the LEC or LCK.
The decision to go for a less expensive roster could be a response to the current landscape in the LCS. Viewership numbers have been going down, teams are selling their slots or leaving League of Legends altogether. The LCS is not the hot investment it used to be back in 2018 and it is showing in the rosters for 2024.
While Cloud9, Team Liquid, and NRG are looking like strong contenders for the domestic title, thinking about these rosters’ potential performance internationally is inevitable. NRG proved it can hold its ground during Worlds 2023, where the team advanced to quarterfinals. Both Cloud9 and Team Liquid exited the tournament early.
The LCS will resume the action in 2024. The full schedule and format are yet to be announced.