Jae-hyun "HuHi" Choi will be the starting mid laner for Counter Logic Gaming in the 2016 LCS season and the upcoming IEM San Jose, the organization announced on Friday.
HuHi will be stepping into the starting role after nearly half a year of sitting on the bench in a substitute capacity. He will be replacing Eugene "Pobelter" Park, who himself was added to the team in May 2015.
Although the intention was for HuHi and Pobelter to compete for the starting role, ultimately Pobelter started every single game in both the 2015 NA LCS Summer Split and the 2015 World Championship. He put up strong performances domestically on champions such as Azir and Viktor, finishing with a 5.03 overall KDA.
"It was not an easy decision to make. Eugene "Pobelter" Park has accomplished more than CLG could have hoped for during his time as a starter these past months," said CLG in the press release. "His efforts and talent were key in what culminated to be CLG's first LCS championship victory. Although he will no longer be CLG's starting mid laner, the team believes that he is an exceptionally talented and consistent player. CLG will be actively looking to provide Pobelter with the best possible opportunities moving into the next LCS season."
"I'm really excited on what is going to happen in my future," HuHi said as part of a vlog. "I worked really hard and I have been waiting for this opportunity to come. I'm really excited to finally be able to prove myself."
Although HuHi has never started a game for CLG, he was on the verge of being forced to play the jungle role for the World Championship due to Jake "Xmithie" Puchero's visa issues.
Althought CLG won it's first NA LCS title this year, their results at the 2015 World Championship were less than ideal, failing to escape Group A with a record of 2-4 and a four gaming losing streak in the final two days of competition. Counter Logic Gaming's next matches will be as a part of IEM San Jose, as they were fan voted into the event which is set to take place on Nov 21-22.
Nic Doucet is a News Editor for theScore eSports. You can follow him on Twitter.