League of Legends, considered the best support Hong “MadLife” Min-gi had joined North American Challenger Series team Gold Coin United, on Thursday.
This is the first time MadLife has competed in a team, not from South Korea. The star support became known in late 2011 and early 2012 during his time on MiG Frost, which was later acquired streaming company Azubu. Throughout that period, he became known as the best support in League of Legends.
The 24-year-old MadLife has been playing League of Legends competitively since the inception of the game’s pro scene. He first joined MiG Frost in October 2011. MadLife played alongside Yoon-seop “Locodoco” Choi on that team. Choi later went on to coach Team SoloMid and Team Liquid and will now be MadLife’s coach on Gold Coin United.
In the course of recent years, however, MadLife has struggled on CJ Entus. His team since the Frost team and its brother Blaze of the CJ organization converged in November 2014. The team got downgraded from the professional league in South Korea, League Champions Korea, in August. Consequently, the team disbanded, the organization picked up new players, and MadLife became a free agent.
MadLife is the final player to Gold Coin United’s lineup of five. Launched in early December, the team, backed by New York real estate icon James Kuhn. Moreover, is managed by Kuhn’s son Jacob, who purchased NRG Esports’ Challenger Series spot for an undisclosed amount. They have also signed two North American talents, Colin “Solo” Earnest and Richard “Rikara” Samuel Oh. Additionally, two foreign talents, Lucas “Santorin” Tao Kilmer Larsen and Kim “FeniX” Jae-hun.