Crown finds new team in Korea after leaving CLG and the LCS
Olivia R. March 20, 2020
After being dropped from the struggling Counter Logic Gaming, Min-ho "Crown" Lee has already found a new team in South Korea.
The veteran midlaner is now playing for OZ Gaming, a second-division team in his home country. This is another chance for Crown to take another failing team to the top, which was the plan with CLG. OZ is currently in last place in Challengers Korea, sporting a 1-6 record.
“We expect Crown’s rich experience and strong desire to win to have a positive impact on the team,” coach Jae-hwan Kwon said.
Eight teams are currently competing in the Challengers Korea Spring Season for the chance to qualify for the LCK Summer Promotion tournament. The team to beat is currently Seorabeol Gaming. OZ will have to beat fellow bottom-tier teams Asura and Jin Air Green Wings to claw their way to the top of the competition.
Crown joins OZ Gaming after return to Korea from LCS
While the addition of Crown definitely gives OZ a boost, they will most likely need to wait for next season for a real chance at qualifying.
Crown has had a successful League of Legends career in South Korea, playing for Gen.G and Samsung Galaxy with impressive results. It wouldn't be surprising to see Crown shine on a team like OZ.
Unfortunately, his results were more than disappointing in North America, possibly due to communication issues or a lack of synergy with his teammates. In 2019, he placed in seventh with OpTic Gaming. Then he was let go from the CLG's 2020 roster when the team couldn't seem to get out of 10th place this season. Crown was considered one of the worst performing mid laners in the LCS at the time of his departure.
The LCS said its emotional goodbye to Crown earlier this week when the mid laner announced he was flying back to South Korea. Crown told his followers and friends he was thankful for the good memories he made in North America and also apologized for his "bad performance."
Crown has a week to rest before his first match in the CK 2020 Spring Split. OZ will play a best-of-three match against mid-tier team Element Mystic on March 27.