KT Rolster has defeated the Jin Air Green Wings, sweeping the LCK Summer’s opening match 2-0, in Kim "PraY" Jong-in’s return to professional League of Legends.
PraY announced his retirement from professional play on April 20, stepping down from his position on Kingzone DragonX, citing a lack of confidence in his abilities. However, this absence from the scene was short-lived. Just over two months later, following the LCK’s disappointing showing at MSI, PraY returned to join KT Rolster.
Any concerns that PraY may have missed a beat during his brief retirement were quickly put to rest today. KT’s bot laner showed no signs of rust, delivering a 4/1/11 performance on Kalista in the first game, and an 8/2/6 showing on Sivir in the second. Throughout the series, it was the veteran ADC’s positioning and timing that shined the most, from flawless stopwatches in the first match, to perfectly executed Sivir ultimates in the next.
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Yet PraY wasn’t the only star on KT today. His top laner, Hwang "Kingen" Seong-hoon, earned distinction, carrying both games with his fantastic performance on Pyke and Sylas. Game two showed that there’s definitely one champion’s ult that you should never allow to be stolen: Neeko’s Pop Blossom.
Kingen was rewarded for his play with a pair of MVP selections. The KT top laner starts this season ahead of popular veteran Song "Smeb" Kyung-ho, but his early performances have shown he’s a fitting replacement. And in his post-series interview, Kingen had nothing but praise for the returning PraY.
The top laner described how the veteran’s attitude affected his standard of play, motivating him to perform even better. PraY’s voice “starts leaking with confidence,” detailed Kingen, “I start believing that if I just do what this guy tells me to do, everything will go well.” KT will hope that PraY can continue to channel this confidence to his teammates throughout the season.