Another legend has retired from professional League of Legends, with support player Kang “GorillA” Beom-hun calling it a career.
The 2021 offseason has been full of great players retiring and GorillA is the next in line. The Korean support has had a fantastic career and will likely be remembered as one of the best support players of all time. He is mostly known for his time on ROX Tigers, one of LoL’s most celebrated teams.
In my final moment as a professional gamer, and my first moment as a man
— Beom Hyun Kang (@lolGorillA) December 8, 2020
GorillA announced his retirement on Twitter and says that he will now invest time into himself and no longer be completely focused on playing League of Legends. GorillA looked back on his career and said he is grateful to have played his last year with SANDBOX Gaming where he broke the record of 4,000 assists in the LCK. He closed by thanking all his fans throughout his career, saying that he has received support and praise on a scale that he will probably never experience again.
“I’m grateful that you are with me, in my final moment as a professional gamer,” GorillA said to his fans. “This will be the final time I will be reaching out to you as a professional player. However, I will find you again, through other future opportunities.”
GorillA ends his long career with three LCK trophies and four World Championship appearances, the first being in 2014. GorillA has played on top teams such as Kingzone DragonX, Longzhu Gaming, ROX Tigers, and NaJin White Shield. It’s still unknown what GorillA will do next, but it’s not unthinkable that he will return as a coach or analyst at some point.
GorillA is a support player from South Korea, who is considered one of the best of all time in his role. He started his professional career in 2013 with NaJin White Shield. He later became a member of the legendary ROX Tigers squad that won the 2016 LCK Summer Split and made a semifinal run at the 2016 World Championship. The team went into the tournament as one of the favorites to lift the Summoner’s Cup but was knocked out by rival SK Telecom T1, which went on to win the championship. GorillA played his last season with SANDBOX Gaming in 2020.
After a celebrated career, GorillA will be moving on from professional League of Legends. What he will do in 2021 is still unknown, but it might not be the last fans see of GorillA. For now, GorillA says that he will spend some time on himself.
The 2020 LCK Spring Split was won by T1, which was followed by by DAMWON Gaming winning the 2020 LCK Summer Split. GorillA and the rest of SANDBOX Gaming finished the spring split in ninth place, followed up by a seventh-place finish in summer.