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The former world champion is taking a break.

Bang Announces Retirement

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It’s the end of an era. Almost 10 years of professional play and it’s time to say goodbye to Bae “Bang” Jun-sik. The ADC has played in the LCK and LCS and is one of the most successful players of all time, having made a name as one of the top ADCs in the world while on the championship-winning SKT T1.

In a recent Instagram post, the bot laner has announced his retirement ahead of the 2022 season. What will come next for the famous esports star? Let’s take a look at the legacy he has left behind, as well as what his future might hold.

Bang on SKT T1

Bang is most known for his time on SKT T1. he started off on the team in 2013, where he played for SKT T1 S, one of two SKT T1 sister teams before merging into SKT T1 in 2014.

With SKT T1, Bang would move on to win 2 World Championships in 2015 and 2016, making the Worlds finals in 2017 as well. He has racked up over 1,000 kills in the LCK, making him one of the most successful bot lakers in the LCK.

Bang After SKT T1

After leaving SKT in 2018, Bang went on to spend two years in the LCS on 100 Thieves and Evil Genius before returning to the LCK where he joined Afreeca Freecs. His stint in North America wasn't as successful as many had hoped.

He might not have shown the results many thought he’d bring, but he was still a fan favorite due to his background and history. He’s one of the most known faces in the League of Legends esports world and one of the most popular players worldwide.

What Does the Future Hold for Bang?

On December 6, 2021, Bang announced his retirement. He stated that he will be enlisting in the army, joining former T1 top laner Khan. He will be spending the next 2 years as part of the Korean military, as is every able-bodied Korean man.

What he will do after his military service is not yet known. Will he join his former bot lane partner, Wolf, and start streaming? Will he become a caster like former ROX Tigers players, GorillA and Kuro? So many options and so many questions, but all we can say for now is good luck on your military service Bang! You will be missed in the World of professional League of Legends.

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