GorillA announces his retirement from professional League of Legends

Source: Riot Games


Legendary support Kang “GorillA” Beom-hyun is retiring from professional League of Legends. GorillA announced his retirement via Twitlonger, deeming it his final moment as a professional gamer, and his first moment as a man.


GorillA spent the 2020 season as the starting support for League of Legends Champions Korea team SANDBOX Gaming. SANDBOX made its LCK debut in an impressive 2019 season, but a sophomore slump throughout 2020 saw the team finish 9th in spring and 7th in summer. 


GorillA and SANDBOX parted ways early on in the off-season, and upon reflection, GorillA has decided it is time to hang up the mouse and keyboard. In his eight year career, GorillA has accomplished more than almost any other support player in League of Legends history, but in his Twitlonger, GorillA spoke about spending time with himself personally for the first time since the start of his professional career, and that he wants to invest more time into himself as a person.


"As a player, I had always given it my all. However, I wonder if in that process I was negligent towards myself as a person -- Myself as Kang Beom-Hyun. Of course, as I walk away I will be leaving behind some goals I was never able to achieve as a professional gamer, and there are regrets that go with them. However, from this point onwards, I would like to invest my time not for myself as a player but for my future self. If you can support me on this decision, I could not ask for anything more."


In his illustrious career, GorillA qualified for four World Championships which included a finals appearance as a member of the legendary KOO Tigers lineup. GorillA won three LCK championships in his career and racked up a staggering 4,000 career assists in his final split as a pro player.


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