On November 3, IG beat FNC to win the final of the 2018 World Championship of the Heroes League, and the players hugged excitedly after the game. Although IG substitute Duke failed to make his debut in the final stage, he was also very happy to embrace his teammates, which was his first world champion in the LPL area and his second world champion.
Duke is well known at SKT.
Duke holds two world champions.
For Duke, he was not the first to win the world finals. In 2016, he joined the LCK Dynasty SKT, instead of MVP player MaRin, becoming the new single player. In that year’s midseason championship and global finals, Duke helped SKT win the first defending championship in history. Two years later, Duke returned to his native Korea, but this time he helped LPL win its first world championship.
Duke first played for KTB, joined Najin in May 2014 and gradually became the team’s first singles player. His outstanding performance attracted SKT’s attention. Duke had the chance to do his best on the bigger stage and win his first global finals. In December 2016, Duke joined IG and launched her LPL career. IG fell twice in the first round of the playoffs in 2016, and the team hopes that Duke’s arrival will bring some changes to IG.
Duke wears a IG shirt to start a new journey.
In 2017, Duke helped IG win the LPL summer season and qualified for the LPL regional trials. Although they eventually lost to WE, we can also see that Duke brought some new tactics to IG. Duke is a very competitive player. He doesn’t need Ning to spend too much energy looking after the road. IG can concentrate on the midfielder interaction that they are good at. Duke’s delivery is very good, and he can always come in in time to help the team restrain the back row and give Rookie a chance to complete the harvest.
Duke and TheShy take turns.
Rotation tactics enrich IG play.
By 2018, Duke and TheShy rotated more frequently, and their styles were gradually fixed. When IG decided to play the three core strategy, he chose TheShy to play the power of the single line. If the team wants to play more stable, let Duke play a little conservative. IG’s two distinct styles, let them in this year’s LPL spring and summer games, have won the first place in the regular season. In the end, Duke and IG successfully entered the world finals, and Duke had the chance to hit the champion again.
In the group stage, Duke had a good performance and seldom allowed rivals to find opportunities on the way. In the game against FNC, Duke’s Arelia also played a strong harvest, Duke’s appearance concealed the team’s use of the Shy trick. TheShy also has more time to prepare for the knockout and complete his own style evolution. Although Duke did not show his performance in the finals, he was IG’s reassurance pillar, and also behind the scenes to advise IG.
Duke got a new champion in LPL.
As a result, Duke became the first player in history to win the world championship in two different race areas. He was also the first heroic League player to win a Grand Slam in history. In front of the camera, Duke is always very elegant and easy-going. His good character also contributed to the continuous improvement of IG. Especially in the days when TheShy was injured, Duke also helped the team to win a series of successive wins at the beginning of the LPL summer match. Duke has accomplished the task of single-line compression in the past two years and has contributed a lot to IG’s victory in silence. He believes that his performance this year has also been recognized by all.