Lee “Chaser” Sang-hyun’s time in North America is over. The Korean jungler has parted ways with Team Dignitas after failing to cement his status as the squad’s starting jungler, falling to the challenge of Lee “Shrimp” Byeong-Hoon.
Unable to escape the shadow of Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho, Chaser’s time is up at Team Dignitas. The Korean pairs arrived to the Dignitas household within days of each other, but where Ssumday has established himself as one of the best top laners in the NA LCS, Chaser has faltered frequently.
After a disappointing finish to the Spring Split, it became clear that jungle coach Brandon “Saintvicious” DiMarco was keen to apply pressure to the Dignitas jungle position, introducing Lee “Shrimp” Byeong-Hoon to the squad dynamic.
Eager for a refreshed approach, Chaser was benched permanently on June 10th. Since his removal, Dignitas have started to climb the NA LCS ladder, with the former APEX Gaming jungler, Shrimp, producing a number of standout performances.
Prior to his exit, Chaser had not played another competitive game for Team Dignitas, unable to outmuscle Shrimp as the pair fought for the one roster slot available.
In the press release from Team Dignitas, Chaser said he appreciated the time that he spent in North America:
“It was a good experience to live in North America as a pro gamer, and I am looking for a chance to try again.”
Lee “Chaser” Sang-hyun
Chaser will return to South Korea where it is expected that he will join a LCK organisation, most likely in a substitute role.
Given Team Dignitas’ current form, few tears will be shed for the jungler’s departure. Shrimp has rightfully asserted himself in the starting position and with a fresh-faced bot lane firing on all cylinders, the organisation will be optimistic of a playoff spot.