Afreeca Freecs Blue finished in third place last season of APEX with an incredible 19-5 win record, the best in the tournament, only losing to eventual winners Lunatic-Hai. Despite their impressive performance, coach TaiRong is never one to rest on his laurels and saw an opportunity to improve for APEX Season 4. AF.Blue have added Kalios and Brek to the roster, replacing DongHyuN who stepped down from the active roster.
DongHyuN announced recently that he would be taking a break, stepping down from the active AF.Blue roster citing fatigue. Afreeca Freecs Blue were looking to make improvements in the roster, actively searching for upcoming talent in the Korean scene, and so far plan to replace DongHyuN’s role on offtank with Kalios. The team is actively searching for further new players before the roster lock for APEX Season 4.
Kalios was previously seen playing for wNv.KR, a Korean team based in China who were easily the top team in their resident country during their time together. They were unable to play in major Chinese tournaments such as the Overwatch Premier Series due to their lack of Chinese citizenship, and due to their base in Beijing they were unable to qualify for APEX. At their peak, it is estimated they would have been well within the top five Korean teams, and since disbanding recently their players have become highly desired free agents.
Kalios was also registered on the APEX Season 3 roster for RunAway, but contract disputes with wNv prevented him from being fielded by the struggling unsponsored side. Kalios set on the bench for the entirety of the season, only resolving his contract dispute to sign with Afreeca Freecs Blue in the offseason.
The second new addition to AF.Blue, tank Brek, was seen playing for MVP Infinity since their initial break into APEX in Challengers Season 1. The squad spent eight months playing together, only breaking into APEX proper for Season 2 before falling back down into Challengers immediately afterwards.
After finishing Challengers Season 4 in seventh, two places away from an automatic spot in APEX Season 4, MVP Infinity disbanded. Afreeca Freecs believe they’ve found potential talent on a failing team however and have drafted Brek in; so far the management intend for him to be used as a sub for Mano, though they are still actively searching for new members.
So far, the new roster for Afreeca Freecs Blue is:
- Jeong "ArHaN" Weon-hyeop (DPS)
- Jeong "Recry" Taek-hyun (DPS)
- Shin ”Kalios” Woo-Yeol (Flex)
- Kim "Mano" Dong-gyu (Tank)
- Yoo "lucid" Jun-seo (Support)
- Park "IDK" Ho-jin (Support)
- Son ”Brek” Yong Ha (Substitute Tank)
- Kim "TaiRong" Tae-yeong (Coach)