Due to un-resolvable visa issues, Counter Logic Gaming's jungler Jake "Xmithie" Puchero will not be able to play at the League of Legends Season 5 World Championships. Due to this, Jae-Hyun “Huhi” Choi will be the starting jungler for the tournament.
Huhi was originally brought in to CLG as a substitute mid laner, intended to share time with Eugene "Pobelter" Park. However, that never quite happened. Huhi has still spent a lot of time with the team, and has Xmithie himself, as well as a full coaching staff to support him in his transition to the jungle.
The team wants to assure fans that this will not be a change that negatively impacts their chances at Worlds, stating:
"We’re training day and night in Korea to get the team ready for Worlds. Scrims are proceeding at an equal or greater level to our training at Madison Square Garden. The team improves daily and we’re looking forward to an even stronger performance than for the NA LCS Finals."
Of course, this still can't be good news for CLG fans. After earning some criticism, Xmithie truly stepped up his performance this split, and along with the rest of the players, was an integral part of CLG's success. Although Huhi may be a talented player, there is no substitute for the synergy that's built up from playing important games together. While it can be argued that they were slim to begin with, this unfortunate development can only be seen as a hit to North America's chances on the world stage.
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