After months of speculation, former Invictus Gaming bot laner Yu "JackeyLove" Wen-Bo signed with the LoL Pro League's Top Esports on Friday.
JackeyLove became a free agent on Nov. 21, 2019 and was rumored to be headed for multiple teams, including Suning and Top Esports. He was one of the strongest players on the market but did not reach an agreement with any team before the league went on hiatus on Jan. 25 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Until recently, JackeyLove was isolated in Huanggang in Hubei Province, near the epicenter of the original outbreak, still unsigned and streaming occasionally. The LPL returned to remote online play on March 9.
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JackeyLove won the League of Legends world championship with Invictus Gaming in 2018. It was his rookie year in the LPL, although he had been a well-known trainee for the team prior to turning 17. Last year he returned to worlds with Invictus Gaming but the team was knocked out of contention in the semifinals by eventual champions FunPlus Phoenix.
Top Esports is currently fourth in the LPL standings with a 7-3 record. They have been playing with rookie bot laner Ying "Photic" Qi-Shen, who was called up from Top Esports' LoL Development League team, Top Esports Challenger. JackeyLove could start for the team as early as Monday in their match against Rogue Warriors.