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Dignitas top laner Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon is well known for his skill in the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS). With his past experience on organizations like Samsung Galaxy, Fnatic, and SK Telecom T1, the 22-year-old achieved a notable 2nd place finish at the 2017 World Championships. However, the South Korean player revealed in an interview that he once received an offer from Immortals to become a professional Overwatch player.
Huni’s offer from Immortals Overwatch
This week’s episode of Riot Games’ The Queue series saw desk host James “Dash” Patterson with Huni. One of the questions toward the end of the interview was about the League of Legends player’s interest in becoming a professional player in another game. Huni answers this by saying he would only do so if he were talented at the game but revealed that he’s actually better at first-person shooter games.
In 2016, North American esports organization Immortals placed 3rd during the NA LCS Summer Playoffs and finished 2nd at the Regional Finals. With no qualification for that year’s World Championships event, Immortals CEO Noah Whinston offered Huni a spot on their Overwatch team during the offseason — due to him being Rank #1 at the time.
Success in League of Legends
Nevertheless, Huni rejected the offer because he wanted to practice on Korean solo-queue servers in an attempt to join the League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK). He eventually achieved his goal with his signing to powerhouse SK Telecom T1. The top laner saw great success during the 2017 season, with first-place finishes in the Spring Split, Spring Playoffs, and Mid-Season Invitational.
This same period of time was when the professional Overwatch scene had not been fully developed, with Immortals competing in North America’s Overwatch Contenders. The organization later entered the franchised league with the Los Angeles Valiant, which took 2nd during the Inaugural Season and took home $200,000. While Huni would have surely done well in Overwatch as well, the League of Legends esports scene is much larger.
Ethan Chen is a writer with over 3 years of experience covering esports, gaming, and business.