League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK) teams stole the show at this year’s 2022 League of Legends Worlds Championship, as three of the four representatives, Gen.G, DRX, and T1, advanced to the semifinals.
In the all-Korean grand finals, DRX defeated T1 3-2 in a thrilling series that went the distance.
Despite DRX’s incredible run, this may be the last time these reigning champions will be seen together as the five core members, DRX’s ADC Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu, top laner Hwang “Kingen” Seong-hoon, jungler Hong “Pyosik” Chang-hyeon, mid laner Kim “Zeka” Geon-woo, and the head coach Kim “SSONG” Sang-soo have parted ways with the team.
Instead, they added KT Rolster’s top laner, Kim “Rascal” Kwang-hee, Kwangdong Freecs’ mid laner, Yoo “FATE” Su-hyeok, DWG KIA’s bot laner, Seo “deokdam” Dae-gil, Liiv Sandbox’s jungler, Kim “Croco” Dong-beom to the team, and re-signed, star support player, Cho “BeryL” Geon-hee.
On November 25, 2022, Hanwha Life Esports announced that they had added DRX’s top laner Hwang “Kingen” Seong-hoon and midlaner Kim “Zeka” Geon-woo to the roster, along with KT Rolster’s support Kim “Life” Jeong-min.
DRX’s bot laner, Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu and Nongshim Redforce’s top laner Kim “Canna” Chang-dong joined DWG KIA on November 23, 2022, as DWG released their top laners Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon and Noh “Burdol” Tae-yoon, head coach Yang “Daeny” Dae-in, assistant coach Lee “Zefa” Jae-min, and their Athletic Director, Kim “kkOma” Jeong-gyun earlier in November.
In a recent interview, DRX’s Hong “Pyosik” Chang-hyeon stated that he will not be joining a LCK team and will be moving abroad. On December 3, 2022, Team Liquid announced Pyosik as their new jungler.
Pyosik isn’t the only player that will be moving to LCS in 2023. On December 11, 2022, FlyQuest announced the recruitment of Liiv Sandbox’s bot laner, Lee “Prince” Chae-hwan, to the team.
However, these aren’t the only LCK teams that have made significant roster changes with star free agents, there are other big names who will be available as free agents this year, and we’ve consolidated the full list below.
List of LCK players who are free agents starting November 21, 2022
|PLAYER NAME||CONTRACTED TEAM IN 2022||NEW CONTRACT IN 2023|
|Life||KT Rolster||Hanwha Life Esports|
|Morgan||Fredit BRION||Fredit BRION|
|Burdol||DWG KIA||Liiv Sandbox|
|Kingen||DRX||Hanwha Life Esports|
|Pyosik||DRX||Team Liquid Honda|
|Zeka||DRX||Hanwha Life Esports|
|Canna||Nongshim Redforce||DWG KIA|
Other LCK teams started to make big moves
The 2022 LCK Summer champions, Gen.G, decided to mutually part ways with ADC Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk, which was requested by the player. On December 9, 2022, it was announced that Ruler has joined JD Gaming. Gen.G’s jungler, Han “Peanut” Wang-ho, and top laner, Choi “Doran” Hyeon-joon, have renewed their contracts.
Fredit BRION, who finished in 9th place during the 2022 Summer Split, had parted ways with Choi “Sw0rd” Seong-won, Kim “Lava” Tae-hoon, while Park “Morgan” Gi-tae was re-signed by the team and Yoo “Delight” Hwan-joong joined Gen.G as their new support.
Nongshim Redforce released players like bot laner Jang “Ghost” Yong-jun, and Gwak “Bdd” Bo-seong was announced as KT Rolster’s new mid laner on November 23, 2022.
This wasn’t the only major news for KT Rolster. On November 22, 2022, KT Rolster announced the free agency of the majority of its roster, including top laner Kim “Rascal” Kwang-hee, mid laner Lee “Aria” Ga-eul, and added top laner Kim “Kiin” Gi-in from Kwangdong Freecs along with Bdd. Gen.G’s support player, Son “Lehends” Si-woo, joined the team on November 25, 2022.
Kwangdong Freecs also announced the departure of bot laner Park “Teddy” Jin-seong on November 22, 2022.
Some of the veterans have also made headlines. T1’s Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok has agreed to a three-year contract extension, while Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon announced his retirement, as reported by Ashley Kang.