After a series of short-term stints at some of the top teams of the world, Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon is set to play for Gen.G throughout 2022 and 2023.
Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon quickly became one of the LCK’s most recognizable midlaners. He started his career with Griffin in 2018 and resigned with the team for 2019. This, however, was followed by a series of one-year stints for DRX and Hanwha. This time, however, the star mid looks to have found a more lasting home with Gen.G, who announced they are extending his contract throughout the 2023 seasons.
This comes after a very strong season for Gen.G, who took second place in the spring season with a 15-3 record and reached the playoff finals, where they fell to an unstoppable T1 after a 3-1 series. Chovy was a big part of their success and a favorite with fans. Gen.G CEO Arnold Hur did not spare the superlatives when talking about Chovy in the press release: “This guy isn’t just good, he’s a game changer. Any chance you have to sign a superstar like him, you have to take it.”
On his end, Chovy assured fans the team takes him seriously and that he would do this part to justify their support. “I was assured of a successful future with the team’s utmost support, and I decided to continue my journey with Gen.G,” the mid-laner said. “I will do my best to repay the support from the team and fans, aiming for the championship title in the upcoming summer season.”
This is a marked improvement for Chovy after two years with little stability and flawed teams. However, he is yet to claim the biggest trophy of the LCK - the playoff title. Griffin fell short of that in 2019, and Gen.G failed to take the cup this spring. Will he find his way to the top? We will see that in the spring - and in 2023.
Interestingly, the rest of the Gen.G squad’s contracts have not been extended. Is this a particular show of trust in Chovy, or an indication the leadership may be thinking about a rebuild centered around their mid laner?
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