The LOL jungler calls it quits, after months of exploring his choices. Since 2015, Kim “Trick” Gang-yun has been a prominent figure in the competitive League of Legends community, from G2 Esports to SK Gaming.
But after a few months of exploring his 2021 season options, the 25-year-old league jungler finally decided to retire earlier today.
Trick Retires from Professional League
Trick last competed in the LEC with SK, where he assisted the team to finish sixth in the 2020 Summer Split playoffs, just missing out on a Worlds spot.
SK decided to explore other options following the elimination of the team, allowing Trick to field offers from other organizations while still under contract as management began to put together its 2021 roster.
Before SK Gaming formally announced its new lineup, he was unable to secure a new contract, leading to his release from the team on Nov. 19.
Now, Trick has decided to retire rather than continue to pursue a new contract in 2021, after an additional 2 months of searching for potential opportunities and reflecting back on his career.
“Good Bye, pro gamer life, it was a fun esports life, and I had a really good experience,” I will miss LEC, teammates, LCK, players and all the fans. I love all of you. I hope you guys are doing well right now” said Trick.
It seems like the decision was rather sudden on the basis of his statement, and he could explore options again in the future. But he seems prepared to concentrate on other aspects of his life for now. As a multi-time EU Champion and two-time EU LCS MVP, Trick is retiring.
With a line-up of Janik ‘Jenax’ Bartels, Kristian ‘TynX’ Hansen, Ersin ‘Blue’ Gören, Jean ‘Jezu’ Massol, and Erik ‘Treatz’ Wéssen for 2021, SK is moving forward.