NA All-Star team on breakups, reunions and other relationships on the Rift

by Daniel Rosen Dec 10 2016
Thumbnail image courtesy of Riot Games / NA LCS Spring 2016

On Saturday, Jung "Impact" Eon-yeong, Kim "Reignover" Yeu-jin, Soren "Bjergsen" Bjerg, Yiliang "Doublelift" Peng and Zacqueri "Aphromoo" Black sat down for the NA LCS All-Stars press conference to talk about reuniting duos and breaking them apart.

In terms of breakups, Reignover is about to have his first competitive season apart from top laner Heo "Huni" Seung-hoon in two years. Huni and Reignover dominated Europe together on Fnatic, then moved to North America to play with Immortals. But despite Huni joining SK Telecom T1 in the LCK and Reignover moving to Team Liquid in North America, Reignover feels the two players are good enough on their own that they'll be fine.

"For sure its sad, and maybe like worrying," Reignover said during the press conference. "Like how am I going to play without Huni, and how is Huni going to play without me? But I think we both can play really well. Maybe it's kind of weird at the beginning, but I think we will be fine, and we both can play really well, develop well and help each other."

But wherever there's a breakup, there's also a reunion. The 2016 All-Star Event once again brought together the classic Counter Logic Gaming Rush Hour bot lane of Aphromoo and Doublelift, and though we're unlikely to see it happen again in the LCS, Doubellift says he's happy to get the chance one more time.

"I think it's always really nice to play with someone that I've played with for three years," Doublelift said. "We know each other's tendencies a lot, and our communication's really easy. Like we know our roles really well. It's just fun and it's a fun event, and I'm having a good time playing with Aphro."

And finally, Impact was able to offer some tips for players looking to build strong relationships on the Rift. When asked about communication between support players and junglers, he said he'd appreciate more talking in every position.

"Jungle and support usually do talk more," he said. "But I don't think there is any downside to other lanes talking a lot as well. People do expect jungle and support to talk a lot more, but I think everyone should be talking."

Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.