DetonatioN FocusMe parts ways with mid laner Aria ahead of 2022 LJL season

Aria led DFM to two separate international appearances in 2021.

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LJL champions DetonatioN FocusMe have parted ways with mid laner Aria after one season, the organization announced earlier today. 

Aria joined DFM at the start of the 2021 pro League of Legends season. Throughout the year, he helped the team secure back-to-back LJL titles in the Spring and Summer Splits. Across 62 individual games this season on both the domestic and international stages, Aria posted a monstrous combined KDA of 8.0, according to League stats site Oracle’s Elixir

Aria helped DetonatioN FocusMe make history at the 2021 World Championship when the team became the first LJL squad to qualify for the group stage at Worlds. Aria gained individual fame at the tournament when he joined the exclusive club of mid laners to secure a solo kill on T1 mid laner Faker. 

DetonatioN FocusMe also said farewell to its League head coach Yang today, who had been at the helm of the team’s staff since the beginning of the season. 

Aria, a player of Korean descent, has played in Japan’s LJL since 2019. While the 21-year-old has not hinted toward his future yet, options in both the LJL and his home league of the LCK likely remain on the table. 

The professional League free agency window opened yesterday, Nov. 15, and will remain open until domestic leagues begin play in January.  

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Michael Kelly
Staff Writer covering World of Warcraft and League of Legends, among others. Mike's been with Dot since 2020, and has been covering esports since 2018.

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