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With 100 Thieves locking down the LCS Championship over the weekend, one player is making headlines for his incredible versatility. Choi “Huhi” Jae-hyun made history as the first LCS player to win a split playing two different positions. It’s a feat that’s especially strange considering there have been 18 split championships played in the division.

A Mark Of Longevity

Positional switches are few and far between in League of Legends, but Huhi’s switch paid dividends for 100 Thieves. He won his first championship playing mid-lane with Counter Logic Gaming way back in Spring 2016. An area of the rift that requires high technical skill and awareness, mid-lane is the most vulnerable position in the early game. After a very brief stint with 100 Thieves in 2018, Huhi landed on the Golden Guardians roster as a support player. It’s here where he fostered a partnership with his AD Carry, Ian “FBI” Huang.

Both FBI and Huhi would find themselves on the 100 Thieves roster in 2021, and their experience playing with one another would lead to the franchise’s first split championship.

A Mark Of Greatness?

Some of the best players in traditional sports have also changed positions with great success. Lionel Messi, mostly a right-winger, played as a deep-lying striker or “False 9” during FC Barcelona’s dominant 2011 season. And many basketball fans remember Magic Johnson playing Center for the injured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the 1980 NBA finals. The best players are often stellar in multiple positions. Huhi can add his name to the list of sporting greats that have taken one for the team and may have made the squad better for it.

Now, Huhi and 100T set their sights on the League of Legends World Championship which is moving from China to Europe because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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