Kim "Emperor" Jin-hyun has returned home to South Korea as he has been acquired by Longzhu Gaming, the organization announced Wednesday.
The Korean AD Carry joined G2 Esports on Dec. 30, and he leaves the EU LCS after their dominant spring season was largely sullied by their poor performance at the 2016 Mid-Season Invitational.
G2 finished in first place in the 2016 EU LCS Spring Split regular, and held onto the first place spot after beating Origen 3-1 in the playoff finals, however their momentum faltered at MSI. G2 exited the group stage with a poor 2-8 record and were eliminated from the tournament along with the TCL Wild Card team SuperMassive eSports. SuperMassive was also the only team that G2 won games against at MSI. Their poor showing also cost Europe the region's first seed status at the World Championship in the fall.
Emperor's transfer from South Korea actually began when he was traded by CJ Entus Blaze to play for the Brazilian CBLoL squad Keyd Stars, along with his former teammate Kang "DayDream" Kyung-min.
Emperor then moved on to the NA LCS for the 2015 Summer Split to play for Team Dragon Knights, but after a slew of visa issues, he was only able to play from Week 5 onward. Due to poor performances during the season, TDK were relegated to the NA Challenger Series. After that, Emperor joined G2.
During the 2016 EU LCS Spring Playoffs, Emperor averaged a 4.63 KDA over eight games and his best champion was Kalista. He played the champion in two games, won both and averaged a crazy 18.0 KDA.
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