Gu “imp” Seung-bin is leaving League of Legends side LGD Gaming after almost four years with the LPL organisation.
The South Koran AD Carry joined the Chinese team in 2014 after claiming the League of Legends World Championship with LCK side Samsung White earlier that year.
LGD Gaming took to Twitter to confirm that he was ending his contract with the club with immediate effect:
“We’re very sorry to have to announce that today, LGDLoL ADC Imp has left the team, after donning the LGD uniform for 1247 days.”
“Several years of perseverance together will not be forgotten and we’ll always have the best memories together!”
Imp’s time with LGD has had its ups and downs, but he did help the side to achieve some successes. For example, he helped the team to win the 2015 LPL Summer Split playoffs in his first season, which earned LGD a place at Worlds 2015.
However, that was the player’s only first place finish with the side. They have made the LPL playoffs just once since then.
The 2018 Spring Split has been a mediocre one for LGD. The side finished sixth in the Eastern standings, just one place off of bottom.
No information has been given on why Imp is leaving the organisation or which party made the decision. Imp previously stated on a livestream that he missed competing in Worlds and might be looking for a new team ahead of the Summer Split.
It is currently unknown which team he will be joining next. However, given his success at Worlds 2014, he shouldn’t find finding a new organisation too difficult.
The rise of the LPL
Korean esports news website Fomos reports that Imp will be staying in China, rather than returning to the Korean league.
Given Royal Never Give Up’s recent victory at the Mid-Season Invitational 2018, China may be the best place for League of Legends’ star players to be right now. Korean sides have long dominated on the international stage, but China might be able to have its day.