Many professional League of Legends players decided to part ways with their western organizations during the pre-season in order to return home to Korea for the next competitive year. While the community looks at the trend as favorable in further strengthening the region in terms of skill, one person from the scene is hardly impressed.
Veteran and starting jungler for Samsung Galaxy Kang “Ambition” Chan-yong believes that such individuals, regardless of their potential and skill, will find it incredibly difficult to survive.
In a recent interview with Daily Esports, Ambition made it clear that the local scene has been performing very well. Returning players will have to strive hard to be able to play on the same level. As such, those who have been in Korea all this time will undoubtedly give better performance.
“I’m curious as to how well the other teams will play,” he said. “Since the players in Korea have been doing so well, I think it’ll be hard for returning players to play to their full abilities. I think the players who have been in Korea will play consistently well.”
A couple of months back, Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu and Cho “Mata” Se-hyeong left behind the Chinese League of Legends scene to return home. The former members of Edward Gaming and Royal Never Give Up have since then joined KT Rolster. Just yesterday, Kim “Veritas” Kyoung-min left Unicorns of Love to return to Korea in order to be close to his friends and family members. He intends to find a Korean team and continue his League of Legends career.
There might be substance in what Ambition said. The Korean region has for long been touted as a harsh competitive market where players are stretched to their limits. There’s a reason that the region keeps on producing top-tier talent. Those returning home will have to eventually put in time and effort to reduce the gap.
Elsewhere in the interview, Ambition shared his goals for winning the 2017 League of Legends World Championship. He intends to ride the wave of a successful last season into the new year.