Kim “PraY” Jong-in has returned from his retirement from professional League of Legends to play the bot lane for KT Rolster, according to a post on the team’s Facebook page earlier today.
PraY became a legend in the League of Legends Champions Korea during his seven years as a professional competitor, earning multiple LCK championships with several different teams. But following the end of the 2018 League season, he announced that he would be taking an indefinite hiatus from competition, citing burnout and disappointment with his team’s performance. In April, he announced his official retirement from professional play on his stream.
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It’s unclear exactly why PraY decided to come out of retirement. PraY may have been inspired to rejoin the LCK after the Korean league took an unexpected beating at the Mid-Season Invitational. With SK Telecom T1 going out to G2 Esports in the Knockout Stage, the LCK is looking more vulnerable than ever before. With regional pride in the balance, PraY might have found the motivation he was lacking before.
Regardless, the addition of an LCK legend to KT Rolster’s roster is an encouraging sign for the team, who posted jarringly bad results in this year’s Spring Split and were forced to defend their spot in the league. With PraY in the bot lane, the team will be able to enter the Summer Split with increased confidence.