Golden Guardians announced that it has released Support player Kim “Olleh” Joo-sung from the main roster. Olleh played for GGS for all of 2019 after being cut from Team Liquid the previous year.
Farewell to the goodest boy.
— Golden Guardians (@GoldenGuardians) January 8, 2020
Right after Golden Guardians made their announcement Dignitas cut in with one of their own, announcing Olleh would be joining the DIG Academy roster.
Assembled Exodia. Welcome our new support @Olleh, to DIG 2020!
안녕하세요 팬 여러분~
2020년 디그 와 함께할 서포터 올레선수를 소개합니다! pic.twitter.com/eZifjRttum
— DIG (@dignitas) January 8, 2020
After joining GGS for the Spring 2019 split Olleh helped the team break their LCS last place curse. The Golden Guardians even made playoffs for the first time in franchise history. The following split began well, but their fortunes quickly turned south. The team went from 4-2 to 6-8 and barely missed playoffs. During the split Olleh’s lane partner Matthew “Deftly” Chen was traded to Cloud9 and Olleh was benched for Jae-Hyun “Huhi” Choi.
Olleh’s arrival at Dignitas marks the completion of its Academy squad which features five former LCS starters. This roster has the potential to dominate a league full of trainees and LCS hopefuls. However, they will have to build brand new synergy as all five players were part of four different organizations last split.
While many teams and fans seem to have given up on Olleh as a viable LCS starter, his ceiling on Team Liquid was promising. Many teams have undergone massive changes and roster swaps during this off season and there will surely be more coming if teams can’t stabilize in time for playoff contention. If Olleh shows the same sparks of talent that he displayed two years ago, he could find himself on an LCS roster soon.