Cody Sun will likely play in Academy for the 2021 season

Christian Vejvad • November 24, 02:25

After officially leaving 100 Thieves on November 9, the bot laner Liyu “Cody Sun” Sun is currently without a team going into the 2021 season. 

In a recent video, Cody Sun explained his journey through the offseason so far and how he has struggled to find LCS offers. He said that one LCS team was interested right after he became a free agent, but that it fell through because the team wanted to move in a different direction. Since then, Cody Sun has not been able to find other offers from LCS teams which leaves him to Academy options. 

The bot lane position is currently very stacked in the LCS, with several young players coming in for their shot at success in the 2021 LCS season. This leaves a player like Cody Sun on the sideline after a hard 2020 season with 100 Thieves. 

Cody Sun mentions that he has offers from Academy teams, which means that he will likely take a split in the Academy league to once again prove himself worthy of a starting spot in the LCS. 

Cody Sun has been a familiar face in the LCS since joining Immortals back in 2016 and has since then been playing on both Clutch Gaming and 100 Thieves. Cody Sun is still a great bot laner, but has not been a high-priority profile in this offseason due to the poor performance in the recent summer split and lack of consistency throughout the years. 

Cody Sun didn’t have an impressive year in 2020, especially the 2020 LCS Summer Split where he and 100 Thieves didn’t find the momentum to perform. The team didn’t make it to the playoffs and Cody Sun’s stats were below average for the bot lane role. The poor performance has likely made him fall down in priority in this offseason, where bot laners such as Johnson “Johnsun” Nguyen and Ian “FBI” Huang have been in the spotlight instead. 

Cody Sun has previously been knocked down in Academy when he joined Clutch Gaming. Back then, he proved that he should get a chance on the Clutch Gaming LCS lineup and it worked out for him. Clutch Gaming ended up climbing the ladder with Cody Sun on the team and made it all the way to the 2019 World Championship. As history now seems to repeat itself, Cody Sun will likely start 2021 on an Academy team and work his way up. 

Cody Sun

Who is Cody Sun?

Cody Sun is a 23-year-old bot laner who most recently played for 100 Thieves in the LCS. Cody Sun started his professional career on Immortals back in 2016, where he and the rest of the team made it to the 2017 World Championship the following year. 

Cody Sun was the first bot laner to play for 100 Thieves as the organization entered the LCS in 2018 and has since then had a short trip to Clutch Gaming, before once again returning to 100 Thieves for the 2020 season. For the 2021 LCS season, Cody Sun is no longer with the organization and will be looking for new career opportunities now. 

What role does Cody Sun play in LoL?

Cody Sun plays the bot lane role, also known as the ADC. His job is to be one of the primary carries on the team, putting a lot of pressure on him to perform. When playing his best, Cody Sun has proven to be one of the most consistent bot laners in the LCS. Cody Sun has previously been attending the World Championship twice, where he has been competing against the best bot laners in the world. 

When is the 2021 LCS season? 

The 2021 LCS season will start at the beginning of 2021. There is still no official date as of November 2020, but Riot will likely be providing more information about the upcoming season very soon. Looking at previous years, the 2021 LCS Spring Split will likely kick off in the second half of January 2021. 

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