Kang ‘GorillA‘ Beom-Hyun is one of those names that should always come to our minds when we think about the Supports whose plays and style changed our perception of League of Legends.
In almost eight years of career, the South Korean player taught us a new way of throwing hooks in the game, with Champions like Blitzcrank or Thresh, and became a true headache for those who faced him in the Summoner’s Rift.
One of those victims of GorillA is Lee ‘Faker‘ Sang-hyeok himself, who was prevented from participating at the 2014 League of Legends World Championship after being defeated by the team that launched GorillA to fame: Najin White Shield.
From that moment, the Support shined with teams like ROX Tigers or Longzhu Gaming, and he got to play in Kingzone DragonX, the team where his decadence started.
After his time in that last team, GorillA tried his luck in Europe, joining a Misfits Gaming team that was looking to put together a super team to take over the newly released LEC, but the project failed miserably, and the player ended up returning to Korea, where he joined Yamatocannon’s SANDBOX Gaming.
Now, it is time to give the saddest of the news for GorillA’s fans: the player is retiring from pro playing.
He announced that himself through a Tweetlonger that says as follows:
In my final moment as a professional gamer, and my first moment as a man
— Beom Hyun Kang (@lolGorillA) December 8, 2020
“Hello, it’s been a while. This is Kang “GorillA” Beom-Hyun.
The season has waned and the winter has come upon us, and I hope everyone who reads this stays healthy and well. As for me, I have been spending time for myself for the first time in seven-and-a-half years, the first time since I had first debuted as a professional gamer, I carefully word myself as I have important news to share with you today.
I first debuted in 2013. In the eight years that followed it, I ran tirelessly and found many achievements and immense growth. I received immeasurable love and support from the fans. As of this year, I was not able to achieve all results that I would have personally been satisfied with. However, I was able to play at LoL Park and broke the record of 4000 assists in the LCK, making 2020 an unforgettable year for me. Throughout my career as a League of Legends professional gamer, I received the support and interest from the audience to a level I wonder if I’d ever be able to experience again. I was able to play on the truly big stages and take away countless positive memories.
As I have mentioned before — I’ve been spending time to myself these days, for the very first time since I had debuted as a professional player. 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.
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.
I’m grateful that you are with me, in my final moment as a professional gamer, and my first moment as a man, Kang Beom-hyun.
The global pandemic continues. I hope you do not find this winter too cold. And we will meet again, a warm, sunny day sometime in the future“.
From VPEsports we wish GorillA the best of lucks in his following projects. Farewell!!