PraY eyes possible retirement, sits out of 2019 spring split
Kim “PraY” Jong-in has disclosed on his stream that he is considering retirement, and that he is sitting out of the 2019 LCK spring split. Korizon’s Ashley Kang first reported on the news.
The player noted on his AfreecaTV live stream that he turned down several offers, and that he was taking a hiatus. That is despite his declaration that several of the offers were ‘too good’ to pass up. Furthermore, he noted that he was taking an indefinite hiatus. A more detailed summary is available on Korizon.
PraY has played in the LCK for seven seasons without interruption. He only missed the World Championship three times: in Season 1 (as he was not playing professionally), in 2014 (as NaJin Black Sword missed the event), and in 2018 on KingZone DragonX. The player reached the quarterfinals twice, the semifinals twice and the finals once, and established himself as one of the most consistent performers in the world at his position.
PraY’s legacy is most present in South Korea, as he played on several lineups at their height: the 2012-2013 NaJin Black Sword, 2014-2016 KOO/ROX Tigers, and Longzhu Gaming (later known as KingZone DragonX). He also won the OGN/LCK title four times.
The player also featured prominently alongside Kang “GorillA” Beom-hyeon from 2014 until 2018. In fact, the duo elevated Longzhu’s rookie squad to worldly aspirations. Despite the perceived decline in performance (a first in seven years), he was still a highly coveted free agent.