FunPlus Phoenix Signs Summit For for LPL 2022 Summer Split
League of Legends Pro League (LPL) team FunPlus Phoenix (FPX) announced the signing of former Cloud9 player Park “Summit” Woo-tae as its new top laner for the 2022 Summer Split. In the spring split, FPX finished in 10th place out of the 17 teams in the league, and with the new split in swing, the team hopes to return to top-notch form.
On 18th June, FunPlus Phoenix wrote on Twitter, “Today we're thrilled to announce Summit will be joining the FPX family as our new top laner! After his exceptional performance in the LCS Spring Season, we're excited to see him bring a new perspective to our team! Let's give a warm welcome to FPX.Summit!”
Summit moves to China after a short stint in North America
Summit played in North America for just one split alongside Cloud9 and is now heading to the LPL for his major LPL debut. Cloud9 finished fourth during the regular split and Summit was one of the top performers of the team. However, he failed to rise to the occasion during the playoffs stage. Summit was roped into the team after Ibrahim “Fudge” Allami role swapped to the mid-lane.
On 3rd May, Cloud9 officially announced the release of Summit and support players Kim "Winsome" Dong-keon and Jonah "Isles" Rosario from its League of Legends roster. Notably, Summit won the 2022 LCS Spring Split Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.
Additionally, Summit reportedly wanted to join Team SoloMid (TSM) for the Summer after parting ways with Cloud9, but the deal was “blocked.” According to Korizon Esports’ Kevin Kim, Summit said on stream: “There isn't anything decided for the future at the moment. TSM? I did want to join TSM, but the move got blocked. Yeah, I still want to compete professionally, I am just looking for a team to join right now. [...]”
The pro player also revealed that he was in talks with Europe’s Misfits Gaming.
Summit is also joining FPX at a crucial stage since the team is currently ranked last in LPL 2022 Summer Split. After suffering defeats at the hands of EDward Gaming (EDG) and Invictus Gaming (IG), the team has zero wins. Summit’s first game alongside FPX will be against Victory Five on 21st June. It will be interesting to see how the pro player adjusts to the gameplay style of the Chinese league.