After one season apart, the legendary Team WE duo is reunited and will be fighting together on JD Gaming in the upcoming season. JD Gaming managed to prove itself as one of the best teams in the world in 2020 and is now looking to be even stronger in 2021.
— FOMOS kenzi (@kenzi131) December 17, 2020
Mystic and Xiye are looking to share the starting spot in their respective lanes with bot laner Lee “LokeN” Dong-wook and mid laner Zeng “Yagao” Qi, who both played with the team in the 2020 season. Those players have extended their contracts through 2022, which means that JDG is likely looking to field a seven-man roster.
It might seem weird that such talented players are going to share positions on the roster, but JDG is clearly looking to be a juggernaut in the LPL with a variety of strong players to choose from. A roster with such strong players on the bench could pay dividends for JDG in 2021, as they will be able to surprise opponents and play off of two different mid-bot duos.
With the two new additions to the team, it looks like JD Gaming will be fielding a mix of the 2020 squad and the new but more experienced players in Mystic and Xiye. The starting lineup is expected to be:
For the past year, Mystic has been a part of Afreeca Freecs in the LCK. The team was created to play among the best in 2020, but they didn’t manage to make a deep run in the playoffs or to qualify for the 2020 World Championship. Before Afreeca Freecs, Mystic played for almost five years in the LPL on Team WE.
Xiye comes off a 2020 season where he played for both Dominus Esports and LGD Gaming in the LPL. The Chinese mid laner finished the season on LGD, where he managed to qualify for Worlds and make a run through the play-in stage. Just like Mystic, Xiye played for almost five years in Team WE prior to the 2020 season. The two players are to this day among the oldest duos in the scene, and they are now reunited.
JD Gaming didn’t win the 2020 World Championship despite being one of the tournament favorites. The Chinese organization made its first Worlds run after a great 2020 season but was knocked out in the quarterfinals by a strong Suning squad who made it all the way to the final. Even though JD Gaming was knocked out earlier than expected, they did show that it’s likely not the last time fans see the organization on the big stage.