Cuzz: Jungling from Longzhu’s shadow
We look back at Cuzz, the starting jungler of Longzhu Gaming, and his performance during the 2017 LCK Summer Split.
When you think about Longzhu Gaming, the name Khan always seems to come up. As someone who’s made carries work in a tank-oriented meta, it’s no wonder Khan draws a lot of attention, and his flashy outplays have been showcased in countless montages. Of course, he wouldn’t be able to win the LCK title alone. Bdd was also there with his immaculate mechanics, and PraY and GorillA are widely considered to be the brains behind Longzhu’s brawn.
But no one ever remembers Cuzz.
Is it because Longzhu’s jungler isn’t as flashy as his teammates? Or was he simply along for the LCK ride?
Raising a Dragon
When Longzhu overhauled their roster for the 2017 Summer Split, fans had every reason to be skeptical. Sure, you could get hyped for Bdd playing on stage, and the world-class bot lane of PraY and GorillA is always a treat to follow. But we’ve already seen these players fail in the past. And considering Longzhu’s long-standing reputation of a talent graveyard and recent financial difficulties, it was hard to imagine them turning their bad luck around.
But the bigger point of contention were the newcomers. Khan came into the team after a number of haphazard showings in the LPL and the LSPL, but at least you knew what to expect of him. As for Cuzz, he was a complete dark horse. He joined Longzhu as a 16-year-old jungle prodigy in 2016, but he spent all of his time on the bench, streaming for the org.
Now that he was brought onto the main roster, Cuzz had to step up to the biggest challenge a League of Legends pro could face. He had to show up as a rookie in the hardest league in the world.
Could he actually do it?
The answer was a resounding no.
Every newcomer dreams of having that crowning moment, that grand debut that makes it clear they’re a force to be reckoned with. Cuzz didn’t have that moment. In fact, his first professional game against KT Rolster started with a botched top lane dive that almost led to Smeb turning the gank around for a double kill.