Newly crowned League of Legendsworld champion Kim ‘Doinb’ Tae-sang has revealed that after finally achieving his goal of winning the game’s ultimate prize with FunPlus Phoenix, he may call time on his now-illustrious career.
The South Korean star took the long road to the title, perhaps even longer than most. The 22-year-old has never been a flashy superstar in the same vein as players like Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok or Song ‘Rookie’ Eui-jin, but he’s brought his own brand to the game.
Doinb has toyed with the idea of retirement before. In 2015, he was one game away from winning the LPL with the QG Reapers, and was involved in such a high-profile fallout with jungler Baek ‘Swift’ Da-hoon that the team forfeit playoffs the next year.
Another strong campaign on Rogue Warriors was cut short by eventual world champions Invictus Gaming, and that was the first time Doinb really considered retiring. After so many attempts at the Chinese crown, he felt as if he was never going to break through.
Now he has a message to his former self, who he said would be a “very similar scenario” to himself right now because he’s considering calling time on his career: “If I had a chance to go back and talk to old Doinb, I would tell him not to give up. There’s always hope.”
FunPlus Phoenix were crowned Season 9 League of Legends world champions in Paris.
“I think I’ve finally proven myself,” the FPX hero said after his team’s dominant 3-0 victory over G2 Esports in the World Championship decider at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris.
“A lot of people have said that a mid laner with my playstyle doesn’t deserve to win the championship, but I’ve proven that I do deserve it. We’ve been waiting for 40 days to say this on stage, and now we can finally say it. We are the champions!”
While Doinb and the whole team are in raptures after their shock landslide win over the hometown European representatives, FPX’s mid laner turned to thoughts of beyond after leaving the stage, and admitted in the post-match press conference that his ongoing battle with injuries, and the fact that he is now married to teenage sweetheart Li “Umi” Youzi.
“Before Worlds, I told (Umi) that I’d take her to Worlds, but didn’t say that I’d win the championship… I really want to thank her for being there for me,” he said. “Before this year, I was contemplating retirement, but she told me to believe in myself, and try it for the last time. I couldn’t have lifted this championship trophy without her.”
Umi has been on the sideline for every one of Doinb’s Worlds games.
The South Korean star also admitted that Umi almost told him to forgo the World Championship because of his injury concerns, but finally decided to urge him on instead – a decision that led all the way to Doinb lifting the Summoner’s Cup.
“She was very worried at the beginning, given my condition. Physically I wasn’t feeling so well, so she was on the fence, but she felt like, if I was to retire, it would be a bit of a pity,” he revealed.
“I want to say sorry to her. Everyone knows this, even when the team is taking breaks I really don’t go home often, and even if I do, I’m playing ranked all the time. I’m so sorry to you Umi. I’ll be with you later. We’re married now, so we can live together.”
FunPlus Phoenix have etched their names in the annals of League of Legends history.
That’s not to say that Doinb’s retirement is official by any means. When asked if he had made up his mind yet, he simply pointed fans to his streaming account, and said that he would have to have a long conversation with Umi, and a long think with himself.
After a 40-day campaign in Paris, that took him from the battles against Splyce in the group stage, to 3-1 victories over Fnatic and Invictus Gaming, before a rapid-fire 3-0 smashing against G2, he said he just wants to rest, “be with my wife,” and “interact with my stream.”
Doinb revealed he will confirm his future in esports on his stream soon.
And as for his world championship skin? Well, while the rest of FPX seem to have made up their minds – Lee Sin for Tian, Thresh for Crisp, Vayne or Kai’sa for LWX, and Gangplank for GimGoon – Doinb admitted he’d have to decide his skin with his chatroom fans.
For now, Doinb’s dreams have been realized. He’s a League of Legends world champion, and his team has become just the sixth organization to claim the crown. All that’s left is to see if this is the end of the road for the “Super Carry,” or if there’s more on the horizon.
The League of Legends signing window opens on November 18. The Chinese Pro League, complete with the Season 9 world champions in FunPlus Phoenix looking to defend their domestic title, is expected to return in January 2020.
Riot Games has confirmed League of Legends patch 10.25 — quite likely the last LoL update of 2020 — is locked and loaded for next week. Here’s all the early notes for the Dec. 9 patch, including the release of Rell, and more.
League is all set to goodbye 2020 and officially move into Season 11 with the release of patch 10.25 next week. The update, which will drop a day early on December 9, is set to be a big one too; there’s a new champion, and two mini-reworks to boot.
There’s also a handful of champions that will be getting tweaks next patch, including Rengar, Talon, Warwick, and Wukong, as well as more set to be announced over the next week.
Here’s all the details on League of Legends Patch 10.25, set to drop on Dec. 9.
League patch 10.25 debuts Rell, the Iron Maiden
Riot are releasing one final champion ahead of Season 11: Rell, the Iron Maiden.
Unveiled recently in a cryptic trailer, Rell is a cross between a mage and a tank, utilizing metalmancy in order to transform her metallic steed into full-blown plate armor to protect herself while battling on Summoner’s Rift.
Rell is a product of the Black Rose Academy, the same establishment set up by the infamous trickster LeBlanc. Inducted to the school at a young age due to her metalmancy skills, Rell thrived in the harsh environment of Noxus’ most terrifying tower of terror, defeating all of the opponents her training threw at her.
Riot are releasing one last League champion, Rell, in Season 10.
Pantheon shifts out of support
Pantheon has been out of control across the Rift since his Season 10 rework; the LoL bruiser was originally planned to stay in the top lane, but spilled out into mid lane and support.
The aim of these new 10.25 nerfs, Riot Phlox revealed, is to curtail Pantheon’s power across the pro scene, and in mid and support, in an effort to give top lane “a place to shine” again. Phlox unveiled the nerfs on Twitter on Nov. 23.
All four of Pantheon’s abilities are coming under the microscope. His Q, “Comet Spear,” will only have its cooldown and mana cost tweaked, while E, “Aegis Assault,” will lose its iconic tower shot blocks. His W, “Shield Vault,” is getting a damage spike too.
Finally, his Q and E’s empowered versions are having bonuses stripped out of them, while “Grand Starfall,” his cross-map ultimate, now deals extra damage too.
Pantheon is running rampant in the bot lane, and has earned himself a “mini-rework.”
27 champions, 28 items set for changes
On top of the champion releases and mini-reworks, Yetter also revealed Riot are planning on delivering a bulk bucket of League of Legends nerfs and buffs ahead of their Christmas break.
As mentioned before, Rengar, Talon, Warwick, and Wukong are all on the target list. Kayle, Kayn, Fizz, Morgana, Annie, Samira, and Jhin (nerfs) will all be in LoL patch 10.25 as well, alongside Lulu, Taliyah, Twitch, Mordekaiser, Qiyana, Karthus, Nidalee, Lee Sin, Gragas, Ivern, Nasus, Seraphine, Yasuo, and Yone (buffs).
Galio was also originally set to be nerfed this patch, but that has been shifted to 11.01.
Champions aren’t the only headliners in League patch 10.25 either. Nearly 20 items are being tweaked for balance in the December update, including Sunfire Aegis and Infinity Edge.
Frostfire Gauntlet, Turbo Chemtank, Seekers Armguard, The Collector, Muramana, Imperial Mandate, Eclipse, Duskblade of Drakthaar, Rapid Firecannon, and more are also set to receive buffs and nerfs in the final League of Legends patch of 2020.
10.25 Patch Preview:
There's a lot in here and we're still working out many of the details so a few things may change by the time we have it all locked down. pic.twitter.com/qhDVKHfbj1
Battle Queen, Elderwood skins coming in LoL patch 10.25
The next League of Legends skin line, “Battle Queen,” will be coming in LoL patch 10.25. Five champs are in line for the new cosmetics, including new champ Rell, and a special Prestige Edition skin for mid lane mage Diana.
Here’s the full list of champs getting ‘Battle Queen’ skins:
There’s actually two skin lines coming next patch too, as League’s balance team finishes on a high. This one is the new variants that have got everyone in a fever; a number of oft-forgotten champs are receiving new variants.
Here’s the full list of champs getting ‘Elderwood’ skins:
PBE Preview: Elderwood Ornn! and friends
Gaze in wonder as the forest comes to life! Elderwood Ornn, Azir, Ivern, Xayah, and Rakan hit the PBE this cycle. pic.twitter.com/prJ1Aee5Fo
Q cooldown 10-8 ⇒ 8-6, mana cost 40 ⇒ 30; empowered Q no longer slows.
W damage 60-140 ⇒ 60-260.
E no longer blocks tower shots, retreat movement penalty 50% ⇒ 25%; empowered E no longer extends duration upon empowerment; [new] when Pantheon slams his shield he gains 60% move speed for one second.
R [new]: the spear that lands before Pantheon now slows for 50% and applies an unenpowered spear’s worth of damage in a small area around it.