Choi “HuHi” Jae-hyun’s Aurelion Sol is a thing of legend. Having displayed his mastery of the champion on both the regional and international stage, the champion was understandably banned in every game of Counter Logic Gaming’s series against Team SoloMid. With his signature champion taken away from him, Huhi took the opportunity to unveil yet another unexpected pocket pick.
Aurelion Sol does not feature heavily in the current meta. Yet such is Huhi’s proficiency on the roaming control mage, Counter Logic Gaming possess a near 100% winrate when their mid laner gets his hands on his signature pick.
Having infamously disabled Aurelion Sol due to a bug during the NA LCS Summer 2016 playoffs, Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg is proven to be a superior mid laner to Huhi in every other meta champion matchup. As the Team SoloMid man locked-in Galio with Aurelion inevitably banned away, it’s unlikely that he would have expected to square up against a Fiora flex pick to the mid lane.
Ingeniously flexing Fiora to the mid lane after baiting Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell to play Kennen in the top lane, Huhi firmly engraved the duelist’s name onto his list of signature pocket picks.
This draft from CLG vs. TSM is so amazing. They're going to play the Galio vs. Fiora match up in Mid! Let's GO!!! @lolesports
— Aidan 'Zirene' Moon (@LoLZirene) 11 June 2017
After applying consistent pressure onto Bjergsen in lane, Huhi utilised Fiora’s ultimate to great effect through the mid game teamfights. Chunking down high-priority targets, surviving and providing health regeneration for his teammates, Huhi’s mastery of Fiora turned a number of crucial teamfights in Counter Logic Gaming’s favour during Game 1.
Undoubtedly, Huhi’s highlight moment on Fiora arrived as he made the most of the champion’s split-pushing potential. With Hauntzer desperately chasing the CLG mid laner down the bottom lane, Huhi calculated and executed an inch perfect solo-kill, embarrassing Hauntzer and setting up Counter Logic Gaming to claim the first game of the series.
Though Counter Logic Gaming would eventually lose the series after a dramatic finish, Huhi once again demonstrated his ability to innovate and succeed with off-meta picks in the mid lane.
Both Huhi and top laner Darshan “Darshan” Upadhyaha have upped their game significantly in response to the criticism lobbied against them in the Spring Split. Though neither are typically classed as ‘star players’, both of CLG’s solo laners can make a strong case for currently being amongst the top three players in their position in the NA LCS.