Hanna Life Esports is continuing its crusade through the Lacks free agent pool by swiping two League of Legends world champions in Kin gen and Zeta out from under DRX, according to a report from Alejandro Gomes of Blip.GG.
Kin gen and Zeta were two extraordinarily important pieces for DRX at this year’s League World Championship. Anyone who watched the event in its entirety will tell you that Zeta played like the best mid lane rat Worlds throughout the majority of the tournament, while Kin gen, who earned Worlds finals MVP honors, was a major factor in the teams upset victory over T1.
Beyond the two reported signings of breakout stars, Hanna Life has also brought back a proven veteran in former AD carry Viper, who last played for the team in 2020. He spent two years with Edward Gaming in China, winning a World Championship with the organization last season.
This past summer, Hanna Life were unequivocally the worst team in the LCK. Their Summer Split record of 2-16 was poor enough for sole possession of last place at the end of the season, while they only won five of the 36 matches they played in this year. After a down year, though, Hanna Life is making an all-in push to contend near the top of the LCK once again. The franchise reached its only World Championship in 2021, making it all the way to the quarterfinals that season.
Perhaps poetically, Kin gen and Zetas now-former team DRX also went 2-16 in the 2021 LCK Summer Split—just as Hanna Life did this summer—before righting the ship and winning the World Championship. Whether that 2-16 record is a good omen for Hanna Life during this rebuilding process is purely speculation, although what’s certain is this: the team is acquiring pieces that are necessary to contend, and evidently win.
As for DRX, the team lost all five of its 2022 starters to free agency when the contract expiration window opened earlier this week. With Kin gen and Zeta reportedly off the board, three-fifths of the teams World Championship-winning roster has been signed since ADC Deft was picked up by DWG KIA earlier today.