Dignitas Signs ‘LOD' and Coaches Jung Su Kim, Jae Seok Park to League of Legends Team
PHILADELPHIA, PA – DECEMBER 20, 2016 – Iconic eSports franchise Team Dignitas has signed former Team EnVyUs AD Carry Benjamin “LOD” deMunck and top international coaches Jung Su Kim and Jae Seok Park to its 2017 North American League Championship Series (LCS) team. Canadian-born “LOD” and Los Angeles-based Support Alex “Xpecial” Chu will join the South Korean-based coaches and superstars Top Laner Chan-ho “Ssumday” Kim, Jungler Sang-hyun “Chaser” Lee and Mid Laner Lae-Young "Keane" Jang in Seoul for pre-season boot camp. The team will compete together for the first time at the NA LCS Spring Split on January 21, 2017 at the Riot Studios in Los Angeles, California.
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LOD led his team to the playoffs with a strong performance during his rookie season in the NA LCS with the second highest KDA among all ADC’s in the league. Known for his strong team fighting prowess, LOD ranked near the top in all ADC statistical categories.
"I was attracted to Team Dignitas’ infrastructure, talented roster and incredible coaching staff,” said Benjamin “LOD” deMunck. "Combined with the Philadelphia 76ers involvement, I think this will be the ideal atmosphere for me to learn, improve and grow as a player. Moving into Season 7, I am extremely confident that this team can compete with and defeat the best in the world.”
Leading international coaches Jung Su Kim and Jae Seok Park bring a wealth of experience to the Team Dignitas squad. Known for his focus on player development, Coach Kim led the Samsung Galaxy LoL team to a second place finish in the 2016 World Championship; Coach Park has a long history of coaching top LPL and LCK teams.
“Team Dignitas has assembled an incredibly impressive roster of talent for this League of Legends team,” said Team Dignitas Coach Jae Seok Park. “I am confident Coach Kim and I will build a support structure for the players that will allow them to succeed on an international level. Given the resources of the Philadelphia 76ers, and their commitment to build a winning team, the future looks bright.”
“We have assembled some of the most talented players in the world, and the most forward-thinking, strategic coaching minds in the industry today,” said Team Dignitas President Michael “ODEE” O’Dell. “From my experience playing, coaching and now managing teams competing at the world’s highest level, I can attest to the crucial importance of an elite coaching staff. The addition of these coaches illustrates our commitment to developing Team Dignitas players to their full potential. We believe Coach Kim and Coach Park will help elevate Team Dignitas to a higher level.”