Flame is one of the greats in League of Legends having begun his career with Azubu Blaze in late 2012. Only a year after starting his competitive career in the LCK, he was pick up by CJ Entus Blaze, and in the same year, awarded with the title as the best top laner by the 2013 Korean esports awards.
Move to NA
At the end of 2016, Flame was picked up by Immortals marking his move to the North American LCS. While Immortals had a slow start in the 2017 NA LCS Summer Split, the team quickly improved heading in to the Spring split, where they went 14-4, claiming second place. The 2017 Playoffs saw the team place second once again, only losing to Team SoloMid in the finals where TSM was in peak form.
Following a good year in 2017, Flame moved to FlyQuest where he would replace Balls in the top lane. While Fly Quest’s performance in 2018 was sub par, Flame remained strong individually. However, FQ still chose to replace Flame with V1per from Team Liquid’s academy team, leaving Flame without a team.
Back to Korea with DAMWON
After spending two years in NA, Flame has accepted DAMWON’s offer to join the team as their top laner alongside Nuguri. Flame being a veteran in the scene is expected to coach and develop Nuguri, a much younger player who only began his competitive career in 2017.
This year is DAMWON’s first year competing in the LCK having qualified from the CK. Flame’s experience within the highest level of play in both Korea and North America will definitely improve the team’s long term performance. While DAMWON started off strong, they began to fall behind more established teams like SKT and Kingzone (foremely Longzhu).