According to a report by Dot Esports about the League of Legends Global Contract Database, LCS team Golden Guardians have made a mid-season trade. The deal was done with fellow North American organization Dignitas to acquire Korean jungler Kim “River” Dong-woo. According to the report, it is understood that River will be immediately implemented into Golden Guardians' starting lineup. The role that current starting jungler Milo “Pridestalker” Wehnes will take has not yet been announced.
It is expected that Dignitas will fill their jungler vacancy with either new organization signee Perry “Perry” Norman, or the team's Academy jungler Lawrence “eXyu” Xu. Dignitas is currently the worst-performing organization in the LCS: currently sitting in last place with a 2-9 win-record — trailing TSM and Immortals by one win. The team appears to be shifting their focus to next year, with the small amount of remaining games this split making it very improbable for them to qualify for the LCS 2022 Championship.
Many on social media have already praised the acquisition as a very strong move for Golden Guardians. With more than four years competing and several championship wins in the PCS, River is one of the most experienced and accomplished junglers playing in the LCS. His career originally started with BowQen Blackbucks in 2018, but it was in 2020 when he competed with PSG Talon (formerly Talon Esports) that he gained strong notoriety.
Some of his international accomplishments include multiple appearances at the League of Legends World Championship, as well as a semifinal run at the 2021 Mid Season Invitational. He is praised for his excellent decision-making and playmaking abilities. Though his team-success hasn't been as strong since joining Dignitas, he has still on occasion shown strong individual skill — earning four Player of the Game nods since joining the team.
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