South Korean League of Legends pro Kim ‘Trick’ Gang-yun has announced his retirement from competitive LoL after a long career playing in both his homeland and in Europe’s LEC.
Trick, who began his competitive career in the LCK, made a name for himself after making the switch over to the LEC to join G2 Esports. During his spell with the European giants, the jungler won four LEC titles and achieved a second place finish at MSI 2017, playing alongside the likes of Luka ‘Perkz’ Perkovic and Alfonso ‘mithy’ Aguirre Rodriguez.
After two successful seasons, Trick returned to the LCK for one season with ESports Connected. Clearly missing the superior league (definitely no EU bias here, folks) he came back to the LEC to play on a strong Schalke side before wrapping up his career with SK Gaming. He retires at the age of 25.
It’s worth noting that Trick’s tweet announcing his retirement was somewhat open, saying: “Bye pro gamer life, maybe, esports life was really fun.” While we won’t be seeing Trick compete in the 2021 Spring Split, it does sound as if the book isn’t entirely closed for the South Korean veteran.
Bye progamer life maybe esports life was really fun and i had good experience i will miss lec, players, teammates, lck,fans i love you all u guys i hope u guys doing well <3
— Trick / KangYun Kim (@Tricklol12) January 6, 2021
While international success eluded Trick during his career, his impact and standing in the European scene was clear from the outpouring of support and thanks in the comments of his retirement post.