Shubh Dangi | 10. August 2022

Huni announces retirement from professional League

Announcing his retirement from league of legends due to a wrist injury, the 24-year-old South Korean top laner Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon stepped down as the head coach of the North American esports organization TSM.

Veteran top laner Huni has retired from professional League of Legends after dedicating seven years to the competition. Huni’s move comes after his persistent wrist problem, which he has been dealing with since 2016, began to have an impact on his performance. Early in July, he stepped down from TSM’s main LCS roster and joined their coaching staff in a temporary role. Despite the transition, the recurring wrist injuries persisted, forcing TSM to terminate his contract.

The Huni era came to an end

Throughout his professional League of Legends career, Huni played in many regions around the world. With Fnatic, the top laner made his professional debut back in 2015. Fnatic became the first team in League Championship Series history to go undefeated in the 2015 Summer Split during his debut season with the club, posting an 18-0 record. In addition to dominating the European scene for more than a year, Huni and the team won both the EU LCS Spring 2015 and EU LCS Summer 2015 championships.

After leaving Fnatic, he played with a number of well-known teams, including Immortals, Echo Fox, Dignitas, and Evil Geniuses. However, his tenure with South Korean juggernaut SK Telecom T1 was the pinnacle of his career. Huni won the 2017 Mid-Season Invitational, the 2017 LCK Spring, and finished second at the 2017 World Championship with T1’s sponsorship.

Huni returned to the North American scene in 2020 and joined the LCS squad of TSM after enjoying great success at the LCK. With his contributions, the team placed second in the 2021 Spring Split, and he was actively trying to improve the results for the team throughout the year. As a result of recurring wrist injuries, Huni stepped down from TSM’s starting roster last month and took on the role of team coach for a temporary period of time. Unfortunately, Huni was unable to achieve his full potential in the new role as well due to the injury, marking the end of his professional League of Legends career.

With the new top laner Colin “Solo” Earnest, TSM had delivered mixed results so far at the 2022 LCS Summer. While a top-eight finish will guarantee TSM an opportunity to seal a spot in the 2022 LoL World Championship, they are currently ranked seventh with a 5-10 record. On August 13th, the team will face off against Counter Logic Gaming.

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