Keith will move to the support role for the 2020 League of Legends season, the team announced on Friday via Twitter. Keith has previously played on the LCS stage with Cloud9 during the 2018 season.
Keith joined the GGS squad in July following his trade from Cloud9 in exchange for Matthew “Deftly” Chen. Shortly after Keith joined Golden Guardians, their sister team managed to get second place in the NA Academy Summer playoffs.
While changing a player’s role can come with new challenges for any team, there are several players who have successfully been able to do so and Golden Guardians have made similar changes in the past, most recently swapping Choi “Huhi” Jae-hyun to a new role during last season.
Golden Guardians are also in the process of welcoming newcomers Can “Closer” Çelik, formerly of Royal Youth, and Greyson “Goldenglue” Gilmer, formerly of Cloud9, to replace Juan "Contractz" Arturo Garcia and Henrik "Froggen" Hansen, so the team is clearly making an attempt to bolster themselves as a fixture in the LCS in 2020.
Closer most recently helped lead Royal Youth to a win in the 2019 TCL Summer playoffs, while also winning MVP.
Golden Guardians have hit a bit of a rough patch since joining the LCS in 2017, but moves like this make a clear statement to the rest of the league that the team is looking for multiple victories in 2020.
The Golden Guardians Summer 2019 roster will see coach Jimmy "Jimmy" Harrison coaching players by the likes of Contractz, Froggen, FBI, Matthew "Deftly" Chen, Choi "huhi" Jae-hyun, and Olleh, while the Spring 2020 roster will see coach Nick "Inero" Smith leading players Hauntzer, Closer, Goldenglue, FBI, and Keith.