Teams announced for Esports Championships East Asia
The lineup for the Korean national team for Esports Championships East Asia 2021 — the new inter-East Asian competitive gaming tournament arranged between Korea, China and Japan that was announced to the public in June by Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism — was announced on Tuesday.
Separate squads were created for each of the five titles: League of Legends (LoL), PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG), Clash Royale, Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) 2021 and Dungeon & Fighter (known internationally as Dungeon Fighter Online, or DFO).
The LoL squad is led by Fredit Brion Challengers head coach Choi "BanBazi" Myeong-won, and features six upcoming players from Challengers Korea: Ma "IlllIma" Taeseok, Lee "Bonnie" Gwang-su, Seo "TolanD" Sang-won, Lee "VicLa" Dea-kwang, Lee "Envyy" Myeong-jun and Lee "JeongHoon" Jeong-hoon.
The PUBG squad is led by Gen.G PUBG head coach Bae "WatchinU" Seung-hu, and features a whole host of star names on its 20-man roster including Na "Inonix" Hee-joo, Cha "Pio" Seung-hun, Seol "indigo" Do-hoon, Kim "Hikari" Dong-hwan and Han "Hansia" Si-a.
The Clash Royale squad of four players is led by head coach Park "Khani" Hwan-hee, and features Bae "Line" Joon-seong, Kim "SandBox" Seong-jin, Park "JupiterKing" Eun-gyu and Park "Sado" Se-yong.
The PES 2021 squad is led by head coach Jo "Manee" Seong-man, and the Clover-9 duo of Kim "Police_rocky" Kyeong-uk and Kim "kjbini" Jong-bin will take to the field.
The Dungeon & Fighter squad is led by head coach Jang "MusaOGC" Jae-won, and Han "CarnivorousSquirrel" Se-min and Jeon "Cigar" Gyu-won will compete as players.
All squads were selected by committee, save for PES 2021's, for which a separate qualifier was held.
ECEA 2021 was originally set to be played in person for three days at Seoul Olympic Park in Songpa District, southern Seoul, from Sept. 10 to 12. Due to the recent resurgence of Covid-19 cases, however, the entire tournament will be played online.
BY JEON YOUNG-JAE [firstname.lastname@example.org]