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GorillA explains why retiring can be ‘scary’ for even the biggest LoL stars

Published: 31/Dec/2019 2:32

by Isaac McIntyre

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Kang ‘GorillA’ Beom-hyun has an extensive history in League of Legends, and his trophy case is swollen with three Korean championships and a KeSPA Cup victory, but the Worlds finalist admits he’s scared of being forgotten.

GorillA is one of the longest-serving Korean veterans still involved in the professional circuit, alongside superstar names like Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok, Kim ‘Deft’ Hyuk-kyu, and Team Liquid’s Jung ‘Impact’ Eon-yeong.

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After three Korean titles with three different teams, four consecutive Worlds campaigns, 394 appearances in the LCK, and a 26-game stint with Misfits Gaming in Europe, there can be no denying the 25-year-old has had a storied career.

That doesn’t mean the former World finalist isn’t at least a little worried about being “left behind by the next generation.” That worry played at least a small part in his return to Korea, after he signed with Sandbox Gaming for 2020.

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Riot GamesGorillA admits he’s worried about being forgotten by international LoL fans as he gets older.

On paper, GorillA is one of the biggest Korean names in the game. Internationally, however, he had a two-dozen game run with Misfits, and feels like he’s not touched the same height of fame as players like Faker, or old partner Kim ‘PraY’ Jong-in.

That lack of domination at the very highest level means, at least from GorillA’s perspective, that he hasn’t been cemented into the minds of League of Legends fans, and could face being forgotten if he calls time on his lengthy career. It’s something that’s been playing on his mind recently.

“Recently I’ve begun to wonder whether I’m slowly fading from people’s memories,” the star told Korizon. “I’ve been playing for seven years and the players who used to compete with me are now retiring. We have lost a few supports this year especially.”

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Riot GamesGorillA has already had a storied LoL career, including three Korean titles.

GorillA admitted he would often “ache a little inside” when he read articles about his fellow Korean compatriots hanging up their keyboards and calling time on their careers. Beyond his sadness, though, it also drives him to “succeed.”

This offseason has also delivered a few personal blows to the newly-minted Sandbox support—long-term ADC partner PraY and old friend Song ‘Smeb’ Kyung-ho are both, by choice, teamless heading into the new season.

While he’s disappointed his friends won’t be involved in the LCK grind again with him, he also added that Smeb’s absence especially is pushing him to do better, and show the world that he can “still play at the highest level.”

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“Smeb is taking a break, and I want to succeed so I can tell him, proudly, if I can, so can he,” GorillA said. “I want to send him that message.”

“I also didn’t play well before I left Korea, so I was unsure whether or not I’ll do well when I returned,” he added. “However, I’m back to challenge myself, and if we continue to win like we did tonight, I think everything will be alright.”

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Riot GamesGorillA’s old teammate and friend Smeb is taking time away from the competitive LoL circuit.

The 25-year-old also faces a challenge he’s not had before in his career. After putting pen to paper with Sandbox for next year, he joins a roster of rising stars that, on average, are four years his junior. He’s now become the ‘wise’ leader.

“These kids, they’re 19, 20 years old, so they make me go ‘man, I used to be young once,’ that was my first thought,” GorillA said with a laugh.

“I was a little worried, because working with Leo and Route meant it could have been a bit awkward [with the age difference], but they aren’t at all. They have communicated with me freely. I’m really happy about this, with them.”

Riot GamesGorillA and Sandbox Gaming earned their place in the KeSPA Cup semifinal with a 20 victory over Griffin.

GorillA and Sandbox Gaming defeated Griffin 2–0 on Sunday evening to earn their place in the 2019 KeSPA Cup semi-finals. They will face the winner of Faker’s T1 and Gen.G in the other quarterfinal on their side of the bracket.

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League cosplayer descends from the heavens as amazing Dragonslayer Diana

Published: 7/Oct/2020 8:02

by Andrew Amos

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Diana has descended from the heavens of Mount Targon here on Earth ⁠— or so you could be mistaken into thinking. Scottish cosplayer ‘anaelic’ has once again delivered the goods for League of Legends fan, putting on an epic display with her Dragonslayer Diana cosplay.

Seeing a Diana cosplay for League of Legends is rare. However, finding an exquisite one is almost impossible. The Scorn of the Moon, with her heavy armor and massive Moonsilver blade, isn’t up there with one of the popular champions to cosplay.

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However, that hasn’t stopped anaelic from creating one of the best ⁠— if not the best ⁠— Diana cosplay with her incredible rendition of the Lunari’s Dragonslayer skin.

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The Dragonslayer skin for Diana is one of her most intricate, but that didn’t stop anaelic.

Anaelic has been working on her Dragonslayer Diana cosplay since lockdown began. She was originally going to take it to conventions, but with 2020 stopping all of those, she instead used the project as motivation.

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“This project has instead been my distraction, the thing that’s kept me motivated to stay productive, and I’m so proud that I at least have this to show for all the extra time I’ve had,” she said on Instagram after completing her cosplay.

You can tell just how much effort she put into it right from the first glance. Anaelic has managed to recreate the Aspect’s sunset-colored armor perfectly, not forgetting a single panel on Diana’s intricate outfit.

She managed to keep all the pieces together with velcro, although the cosplay is ⁠— understandably ⁠— very hard to get around it.

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“I honestly don’t know how I’m going to survive a full day at a con in this cosplay because it is so hard to move about it! It was well worth it though because we got some amazing photos,” she added.

 

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Anaelic also considered all the small details ⁠— she recreated the smoky effect on her blade with a smoke machine and LED lights built into the crescent. The cosplay is not only one of the best Diana ones we’ve seen, but one of the best cosplays of the year. Period.

The Scottish cosplayer isn’t stopping here though. If you’re wondering what anaelic’s next project is, wonder no more. She is currently working on a Spirit Blossom Lillia cosplay, and she’s trying to make it perfect from head-to-hoof. We’ve even covered her progress on it so far!

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