Ghost Retires From LoL Pro Play

23 Dec 2023
Tit Krajnik 23 Dec 2023
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  • Jang "Ghost" Yong-jun officially retired from professional League of Legends on Saturday, December 22
  • The 24-year-old ADC decided to retire after failing to find a team for the 2024 season
  • Ghost was last active in 2022 as a member of Nongshim RedForce
Jang "Ghost" Yong-jun
On Saturday, December 22, Jang "Ghost" Yong-jun announced he is retiring from professional League of Legends. The Korean LoL pro player unveiled the news after failing to find a team to play for next season.

Ghost started his League of Legends esports career in December 2015, when he signed for CJ Entus, with who he has spent just one split, and finished his debut split in the the LoL Champions Korea (LCK) in 10th place.

For the 2017 season, Ghost joined bbq Olivers, with who he failed to accomplish anything significant throughout the year, with eighth and 10th-place finishes in the LCK Spring and Summer splits. After the team's fourth-place finish in the LCK Spring 2019 Promotion, Ghost was cut from the team and signed for SANDBOX Gaming, where he has spent an entire season.

With SANDBOX, Ghost enjoyed a fairly successful season, finishing the LCK Summer 2019 in fourth place, but the team ended up short at the LCK Regional Finals 2019, where they placed third and missed out on the LoL World Championship 2019.

At the start of the 2020 season, Ghost was a free agent but got picked up by DAMWON Gaming (now Dplus KIA) for the 2020 Summer split. It was a monumental deal of Ghost's career, who after years of mediocre results, won the LCK Summer 2020 and helped DAMWON win the LoL World Championsip.

Ghost remained with DAMWON for the 2021 season, when he won the KeSPA Cup, LCK Spring 2021, and LCK Summer 2021, as well as placed second at Mid-Season Invitational 2021 and LoL World Championship 2021.

Despite the team's success in 2021, Ghost left DAMWON at the end of 2021 and signed for Nongshim RedForce, who he played for in the 2022 season.

With Nongshim RedForce, Ghost placed eighth in LCK Spring and Summer splits and found himself on the chopping block amid RedForce's major roster overhaul ahead of the 2023 season.

Despite his success with DWG in 2020 and 2021, Ghost hadn't found a new team to play for last season, and it seems he was left out for the 2024 season as well. While he would likely get his chance to join a team for the second part of the 2024 season, the 24-year-old has decided to end his esports career.

"I couldn't see a way to reach my goal. I wanted to make it to Worlds & I wanted to join a team that I could do well on. During this stove league, I mainly spoke with international teams, but it seemed like it would be difficult to fulfil both of my goals, so after a lot of consideration, I decided to retire."

Even though Ghost failed to accomplish much in his last year as a pro player, he has retired as a two-time LoL World Championship finalist and a world champion.