For the first time since the end of 2020, DWG KIA has made roster changes to its League of Legends LCK roster.
After failing to win both the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational and 2021 World Championship despite reaching both finals, DWG KIA has made three big roster changes moving into the next season. These roster changes include new young talent that will aim to keep DWG KIA the best team in South Korea.
The changes that have been made by DWG KIA affect the top, bot, and support position where DWG KIA has said its farewells to Kim “Khan” Dong-ha, Jang “Ghost” Yong-jun, and Cho “BeryL” Geon-hee who all played part in DWG KIA’s 2021 season.
To replace the three-star players, DWG KIA has brought in the only 17-year-old top laner Noh “Burdol” Tae-yoon who played as a substitute for Gen.G during 2021. Prior to that, Burdol was playing on T1 Academy and is considered one of the biggest upcoming talents for the top lane.
To replace Ghost and BeryL in the bot lane, DWG KIA is bringing in bot laner Seo “deokdam” Dae-gil who played a very solid season for NS RedForce during this year. While still being an inexperienced player, deokdam went toe-to-toe with some of LCK’s best players. This resulted in a fourth-place finish in the 2021 LCK Summer Split, where NS RedForce was beaten by DWG KIA themselves.
To support him will be the young Kim “Kellin” Hyeong-gyu who was deokdam’s partner in crime on NS RedForce this year. The bot lane already has synergy after playing together this year and will now be able to develop even further under the DWG KIA banner.
Many eyes will likely be on the DWG KIA bot lane, as it has previously been considered the team’s weakest point while Ghost and BeryL played in the positions. Now it’s up to deokdam and Kellin to prove that the DWG KIA bot lane is no longer a weak point. To guide them will be mid laner Heo “ShowMaker” Su and jungler Kim “Canyon” Geon-bu who will be the last remaining players from the 2021 roster.
The DWG KIA roster for 2022 is:
The revamped DWG KIA squad will debut when the 2022 LCK Spring Split kicks off by the start of next year.