FPX announces the signing of veteran Jungler Clid
After his contract expired in 2021, superstar jungler Clid has been confirmed to be joining 2019 World Champions FunPlus Phoenix.
Former Gen.G and LCK superstar jungler Kim "Clid" Tae-min will be joining LPL giant FPX. The South Korean player will be returning to the region his career started in. In 2016, the young and upcoming player would join the Chinese side Newbee Young before eventually making his way to JD Gaming.
Clid brings further experience to this FPX line up
Following the 2021 World Championship, FPX were in much need of a reset. Their performance against some of the weaker sides in Cloud9 and Rogue left the fans wondering what is next for this team? Over the course of the off-season, FPX saw many departures to their Worlds winning roster. This included the "super carry of the LPL" in Kim "Doinb" Tae-sang".
Clid, on the other hand, had a stellar World Championship with his side making the semi-finals in Season 11. Alongside veteran mid lane Gwak "Bdd" Bo-seong, the pair formed a formidable partnership and was two of the stronger players at the tournament.
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Across a two-year span, Clid and Gen.G reached the World Championship twice as well as an LCK Spring Split finals in 2021. This is a move that can benefit both parties, Clid and Gen.G went as far as they could with that roster and FPX has been needing a reset for a while.
How will Clid's arrival affect Beichuan?
Following the arrival of Clid, it paints the question of what role Beichuan will have in the team. Beichuan started all of FPX's games in the 2021 Demacia Cup and performed relatively well. He aided his side to a second-place finish and took the winners of the tournament Top Esports to five games.
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Across the time Beichuan has been under the FPX banner, the LPL jungler has formed a strong bond with former FPX Blaze top laner Ping "xiaolaohu" Xiao-Hu. The pair played together on FPX's development team and many would have expected both of them to make the jump together.
The expectation slash assumption is that Clid will take on Beichuan under his wing and will help the young junglers transition into the LPL on a full-time basis. While it would be amazing on the side of Beichuan to start in the LPL, learning from one of the best junglers in the world is never a bad opportunity.
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