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Meta Description: Hylissang looks to be added to the Team Vitality Roster as the team hopes to realize more success than they’ve found in recency.
Team Vitality Eying Veteran Support Hylissang
The offseason hasn’t yet technically begun, but already rumors and leaks have been flying the past couple of weeks as the western League of Legends teams are starting to scramble as they look to put together their rosters for the 2024 competitive season. One of those teams from the LEC is Team Vitality, who has had a string of disappointing results dating back to the 2020 season. The Sheep reported that the team had come to a verbal agreement with veteran European support Hylissang after his recent campaign at the 2023 League of Legends World Championships. Only time will tell if Hylissang will be able to help out the struggling organization.
Hylissang: One of Europe’s Original Supports
Back in the early days of the European League of Legends, one team would burst onto the scene and grab the hearts of fans around the world. They show the potential of the promotion system that was being used at the time, going from the Challenger Series to the EU LCS Finals in the matter of a split. They were the Unicorns of Love.
The Unicorns of Love would compete in the EU Challenger Series in the 2014 Summer Split. The roster is made up of Vizicsacsi, Gilius, PowerOfEvil, Vardags, and Hylissang, who would find plenty of success in the EU CS, earning a spot in the EU LCS for in the 2015 Spring Split.
They found instant success, making it to the EU LCS finals in their first year in the league. Hylissang would compete with the Unicorns of Love through the 2017 season, having found plenty of success and making two EU LCS Grand Finals appearances with the team.
Post Unicorns of Love
Hylissang would join Fnatic, a team that has a long and successful legacy not just in League of Legends but in all European esports. At the time, Fnatic had built a super team comprising of sOAZ, Broxah, Caps, Rekkles, and Hylissang. The team was put together with the hope of competing with the best teams from the East who had consistently dominated the international competitions.
In his first year with Fnatic, Hylissang would find his first EU LCS titles as Fnatic would win both the 2018 Spring and Summer Splits. Not only did Fnatic find domestic success, but they also lived up to the promise of being competitive at international competitions, getting 3rd-4th at the Mid-Season Invitational but also getting 2nd place at the 2018 World Championships, where they’d fall short of the title to Invictus Gaming.
Hylissang competed with Fnatic for five seasons, including the first four years of the newly rebranded LEC. In his time with the team, he would make 4 Worlds appearances and 4 LEC Grand Finals appearances in the remainder of the time with the team, though they were never able to capture the European Gold again, falling to the powerful G2 Esports dynasty.
This past season, he competed with the MAD Lions, who had success in the first two splits of the year, taking 2nd place in the Winter and 1st in the Spring before plummeting in the standings in the Summer, where they ended in 7th. They still managed to make a Worlds appearance via the Regional Finals. They went 1-3 in the Swiss Stage, being eliminated by WeiboGaming in what at the time was a bad 0-2 loss but doesn’t look as bad now as Weibo looks to lift the Summoner’s Cup as they compete in the Grand Finals on Sunday.
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