Following the League of Legends World Championship 2014, many Korean pros, some of the best players from the strongest League region in the world, took the Chinese money to the bank and moved to LPL teams to try and continue their careers on teams like Royal Never Give Up and Edward Gaming, trying to win the World Championship, only for China this time.
Well, a couple of World Championships for the revamped SK Telecom T1 later, most, if not all, of the Korean renegades are coming back home, finally realizing that the only thing better than two Korean Gods on a LoL team is five Korean Gods on a LoL team. With victory on his mind, Cho “Mata” Se-hyeong, one of the best Support players in the world, is abandoning Chinese bucks in order to play for his home country once again.
In a Korean statement on Facebook, ably translated with the infallible Google Translate, Mata says that he’s had a hard time living abroad, but had some domestic success, got to play in many tournaments. Mata seems to say that he tried to guide his Chinese teammates, concentrating at making them play better instead of himself, resulting in a worse performance for himself. He thinks a lot about playing in Korea. That, together with personal health problems, are some of the reasons why the Korean Legend is going back to Korea.
Hopefully, the Korean fans will be grateful enough for the World Championship Cup Mata brought them when he still was on Samsung to not jeer him too much for “selling out” to the Chinese. We wouldn’t be surprised if most, if not all, League stars would do the same at one point or another. After all, a pro’s career is short. You have to make enough money to start up a foundation for your life after your career is over.
The timing is a little bit weird, however. Mata is 22. That means that he was 20 when he left Korea. That is way too young to worry about such things. We can’t shake the feeling that if he and the other Korean stars stayed in Korea, they would have made the Korean teams and players even stronger than they are now. If that happened, Mata could probably go to China now and actually cash out a much bigger sum. Oh, well, hindsight is always 20/20. Toodles.