Viper Extends His Contract With Hanwha Life Esports

17 Nov 2023
Tit Krajnik 17 Nov 2023
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  • Park "Viper" Do-hyeon has renewed his contract with Hanwha Life Esports on Friday, November 17, 2023
  • The contract extension comes amid reports of Hanwha Life Esports building a superteam
  • Viper is the first player to extend his contract ahead of 2024 season
Park Viper Do-hyeon
Park "Viper" Do-hyeon (credit: via Twitter (@KevinKim0_0))
On Friday, November 17, Hanwha Life Esports announced that its ADC player, Park "Viper" Do-hyeon, has renewed his contract with the organisation. The news comes amid reports of Hanwha Life Esports building the next LoL Champions Korea (LCK) superteam.

After spending one split with Hanwha Life Esports, ADC Viper has decided to renew his contract with the Korean League of Legends esports team. The 23-year-old LoL esports player re-joined Hanwha Life Esports in November 2022 after spending two years with EDward Gaming and is set to extend his stay for at least one more year.

Viper is widely known as one of the best ADC players in the world, so his contract extension with HLE comes as a bit of a shock, considering Hanwha Life Esports failed to accomplish much in the 2023 season. The team built a competitive roster ahead of the LCK 2023 season, yet didn't make much noise.

Hanwha Life Esports started the season with a fourth-place finish at the LCK 2023 Spring Playoffs, to which they added another fourth-place finish at the LCK 2023 Summer Playoffs and missed out on qualifying for LoL World Championship 2023 after crashing out of the LCK 2023 Regional Finals in third place.

However, while seeing one of the best ADC players renewing his contract with HLE might not make much sense, rumours suggest that Hanwha Life Esports is in the process of building the next superteam, which might explain why Viper has decided to extend his stay.

According to reports, Hanwha Life Esports is set to sign KT Rolster's top laner Kim "Kiin" Gi-in, Gen. G's jungler Han "Peanut" Wang-ho, LNG Esports' mid laner Lee "Scout" Ye-chan, and KT's support Son "Lehends" Si-woo.

None of the signings have yet to be confirmed, nor have any of the players left their current team, so it remains to be seen whether the project will come to fruition. However, considering Viper's contract renewal, the wheels are likely in motion, and HLE has likely already reached verbal agreements with some of the top talent in the region.

Viper has played with Scout at EDward Gaming and alongside Lehends during his stint with Griffin and later when he joined Hanwha Life Esports.