Flash Wolves parted ways with Hu “SwordArT” Shuo-Chieh and Huang “Maple” Yi-tang this offseason, with the two heading to the LoL Pro League’s Suning Gaming. Today, Flash Wolves announced their replacements: former Griffin mid laner Shin “Rather” Hyeong-seop and support Liu “ShiauC” Chia-hao. Additionally, Flash Wolves have signed former Machi jungler Lee “Bugi” Seong-yeop following Kim “Moojin” Moo-jin’s departure to Hanwha Life Esports. Rather will be joining the team on a one year loan, per Griffin.
LMS Spring off will start at Jan, 2019
and we are ready for the upcoming season!
— Flash Wolves (@flashwolves2013) December 14, 2018
Flash Wolves have opted for players with a higher ceiling, as opposed to a proven track record for their 2019 lineup. ShiauC has spent the last year on Flash Wolves as a support trainee behind SwordArT, consistently placing Challenger on the Korean solo queue ladder. He also played a few games this Summer, but to little success. Regardless, his mechanical ceiling has been regarded as high by Flash Wolves and his peers.
Bugi is a Korean jungler most people won’t know, but he spent time in the LoL Japan Challenger Series prior to his 2018 stint with Machi Esports. Like ShiauC, Bugi is not particularly seasoned, but he had solid performances with a decent Machi lineup this year. Bugi consistently places top 50 on the Korean solo queue ladder, but he is significantly more raw than Moojin was last year.
Rather joins as Flash Wolves’ newest mid laner, having to replace the team’s star mid laner Maple, whom had been with the team since 2013. Rather was the substitute mid laner for Griffin in 2018, playing six games in LoL Champions Korea Summer. He has yet to start consistently at the highest level, but his value also lies in his potential, similar to ShiauC and Bugi.
Flash Wolves move into 2019 with a relatively overhauled lineup, losing the team’s most promised stars, but have been well-known for developing new talent. Flash Wolves have won six straight LoL Masters Series titles and that looks uncertain with this lineup, but there is plenty of room to grow for a batch of young prospects. Expect the now seasoned AD carry Lu “Betty” Yu-hung to lead the wolf pack in 2019.