“I should have left when people were still clapping for me… I’m regretful that I’m leaving when they are no longer clapping for me.”
Quoted from PraY’s stream:
“Is it truly a retirement? If I change my mind and come back [to competitive gaming], would I not be too old by then?” PraY said to the fans watching the stream. “I should have left when people were still clapping for me (A Korean term for knowing when to bow out). I’m regretful that I’m leaving when they are no longer clapping for me.” PraY added, “Everyone was like, it’s a pity if you retire now. They were not saying it out of politeness; they really meant it.”
Source: Riot Games
The tears he shed on stream were nothing short of heart-breaking considering his inability to qualify for the 2018 World Championship. Through his career, he was never able to bring home a worlds trophy. However, this should not dissuade from the impact he made on the teams that he played for. Iconic teams such as NaJin Black Sword, ROX Tigers, and KingZone had the luxury of attaining such a talented player.
PraY achieved domestic success numerous times with his most recent being on KingZone, winning the 2018 spring split. Unfortunately, he was not able to win an international tournament, despite his strong individual efforts.
(left to right) BDD, Cuzz, PraY, Khan, & Gorilla celebrating their 2017 LCK summer split championship Source: InvenGlobal
On this day, aspiring players and fans will not look at PraY as a failure. Instead, they will identify him as a player who is in contention for being one of the best to ever play ADC professionally.