May 8, 2024

The End of an Era: League Legend Ssumday Hangs Up His Mouse

Liam Fletcher
Written byLiam FletcherWriter
Researched byHaruki NakamuraResearcher

Key Takeaways

  • Korean League of Legends star, Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho, announced his retirement from competitive play to undertake mandatory military service.
  • Ssumday's illustrious career spans over a decade, highlighted by a Korean championship, four Worlds appearances, and numerous accolades.
  • Post-military service, Ssumday contemplates a return to the League scene as a streamer or coach, though he remains open to opportunities outside of gaming.

The esports world was shaken to its core when Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho, a revered figure in the League of Legends (LoL) community, declared his retirement from competitive play on May 7. This announcement not only marked the end of an extraordinary career but also paved the way for a new chapter in Ssumday's life, as he prepares to fulfill his mandatory military service in South Korea. At 27, Ssumday leaves behind a legacy that many aspiring esports athletes can only dream of, encompassing a Korean championship, four appearances at the LoL World Championships (Worlds), and an impressive collection of individual accolades.

The End of an Era: League Legend Ssumday Hangs Up His Mouse

A Journey Through the Ranks

Ssumday's path to stardom began with KT Rolster, where he emerged from the team's prestigious academy program. His talent quickly propelled him to the main roster, leading to a playoff berth at Worlds 2015. Despite his success in Korea, Ssumday's ambition drove him to seek new challenges in the West.

In 2017, Ssumday made a bold move to North America to join Dignitas, and later, 100 Thieves. His tenure with 100 Thieves was nothing short of spectacular, culminating in a regular split top finish and a coveted LCS championship in 2021. However, despite his domestic success, the Worlds stage remained just out of reach, with the team narrowly missing out on a playoff spot.

The Next Chapter

As Ssumday prepares to serve his country, the esports community reflects on the impact of his departure. His journey from a promising rookie to a seasoned veteran has been a source of inspiration for many. Ssumday's humility, evident in his retirement post, underscores the respect he has garnered throughout his career. "I’m not sure if I’ve done that well, but I think I’ve done a good job because there are still a lot of people supporting me," he stated.

The question on everyone's mind is, what comes next for Ssumday? While the esports scene will certainly feel his absence, there's a glimmer of hope that he might return, albeit in a different capacity. Whether as a streamer, coach, or something entirely new, Ssumday's influence on League of Legends and esports as a whole will undoubtedly continue.

As we bid farewell to a legend, we can't help but anticipate the next chapter in Ssumday's story. His legacy is a testament to the power of dedication, skill, and the sheer love of the game. Thank you, Ssumday, for a decade of unforgettable moments, breathtaking plays, and for inspiring a generation of players. Here's to the next adventure!

What are your favorite Ssumday moments or matches? Let's reminisce about the legacy of this League of Legends icon in the comments below.

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Liam Fletcher
Liam Fletcher

Liam "CyberScribe" Fletcher, a Kiwi with a flair for fast-paced gameplay and articulate narratives, has emerged as a prominent voice at EsportRanker. Diving deep into the esports universe, Liam crafts comprehensive reviews, strategic insights, and captivating tales from behind the screens.

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