Legendary LoL player PraY returns following extremely short retirement

Joe O'Brien
Riot Games

Legendary AD Carry Kim ‘PraY’ Jong-in has returned to competition following a brief “retirement” from professional League of Legends.

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PraY is set to play for KT Rolster in the upcoming LCK Summer split, which will kick off on June 5. He hasn’t competed since 2018, having departed Kingzone DragonX at the end of the year and declining to sign with another team for 2019 Spring.

His official “retirement” came much more recently, however, with PraY announcing towards the end of April 2019 that his career as a player was over, stating that “saying I’m not playing professionally anymore means that I will have no chance of going back to that stage.”

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Exactly one month later, however, PraY has already ended his retirement, as the first new signing for a KT Rolster squad that struggled in LCK Spring.

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PraY lifting the LCK trophy after winning LCK Spring 2018 with KingZone DragonX.

Despite coming off a victory in LCK Summer 2018, KT Rolster’s underwhelming performance at the 2018 World Championship – a top-eight finish following a loss to eventual champions Invictus Gaming – precipitated major roster changes for 2019.

The overhaul didn’t have the desired results, however, as KT fell from championship contender to fighting to avoid relegation after finishing the Spring Split in ninth place with a 4-14 record.

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KT Rolster were able to fend off relegation, but now look to reestablish themselves among the upper echelons of the LCK heading into 2019 Summer.

One of the more decorated players to have never played in Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok’s SK Telecom T1, PraY is a three-time LCK champion, best known for his time with the ROX Tigers and Kingzone, formerly Longzhu, throughout which he was regarded as one of the best AD Carries in the world.

KT will be hoping that the addition of PraY will help shore up weaknesses in the bot lane that were identified as one of the team’s primary issues in spring.

KT Rolster’s full current roster:

  • Hwang ‘Kingen’ Seong-hoon – Top
  • Song ‘Smeb’ Kyung-ho – Top
  • Go ‘Score’ Dong-bin – Jungle
  • Eom ‘UmTi’ Seong-hyeon – Jungle
  • Gwak ‘Bdd’ Bo-seong – Mid
  • Byun ‘Gango’ Se-hoon – Bot
  • Jeon ‘Zenit’ Tae-gwon – Bot
  • Kim ‘PraY’ Jong-in – Bot
  • No ‘SnowFlower’ Hoi-jong – Support