Just like the Korean Exodus saw numerous Korean League of Legends professionals leaving the region to compete in China following Samsung Galaxy White’s win at the 2014 World Championship, most, if not all, of them wanted to come back to play in Korea once the most high profile player to stay in Korea, Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, won his second World Championship title in a row and third in total. Suddenly, the expats realized that no team with two Koreans can beat a team which has five. Seeking international triumph, most of them tried to come back to Korea.
While some Korean superstars were welcomed back in their home country, signing deals with some of the strongest LCK teams, others were found themselves unemployable in Korea, making them have to go back to China with their tail between their legs. One of the most recognizable among those is the former World Champion from Samsung Galaxy White, the team’s AD Carry, Gu “Imp” Seung-bin. Once upon a time, he was counted among the best AD Carries in Korea and the world, however, after two season in the LPL, he couldn’t even find a team in his home region, causing him to re-sign with the Chinese LGD Gaming.
While the first season in China has started off quite well for imp, coming in second to EDward Gaming in 2015 LPL Spring and first in the 2015 LPL Summer Playoffs, the team fell short of expectations in the World Championship, not overcoming the group barrier and coming in in the 9 – 12th place overall. The 2016 season went even worse if possible, the team came in 7 – 8th in the LPL Spring Playoffs after getting crushed by Vici Gaming with the score of LGD 1:3 Vici Gaming. The Summer Split went even worse for LGD Gaming, the team only placed 5th in Group B of the 2016 LPL Summer Split Group B, not even making it into the Playoffs as a result.
Granted, his team was shitting the bed, however, imp was no Oreo cookie himself, showing some truly mediocre stats in the 2016 LPL Summer Split. Overall, in 23 games, imp showed an average KDA of 2.82, being one of most likely to die AD Carries in the region, while having one of the lowest KDAs in the region as well. Is it any wonder that after performing mediocre at best for a year, imp didn’t manage to find a team? While it’s only speculation, it seems likely that imp treated the LPL like a well-paid vacation, just cashing in and not really training to be worth the money. When that happens, you become unhireable. Hopefully, imp makes some logical conclusions and starts working to become the old imp we know and love. Despite the harsh criticism levied against him in this article, we do like him and wish him the best.