After three years in the LCS, and a full six years in competitive League of Legends, Fnatic’s support Bora “YellOwStaR” Kim is hanging up the mouse, the organization announced yesterday.
In a post on the Fnatic website, the European organization expressed their appreciation for YellOwStaR’s numerous contributions to the team. While on Fnatic, YellOwStaR led the team to five EU LCS Championships, five Worlds participation (twice as semi-finalists) and one European MVP of the split award.
A legend retires. Thank you for everything Bora "yellowstar" Kim!Announcement » fna.tc/3dZyfJWATCH » https://youtu.be/-k13NUYIO6I
“Legends aren’t born, they are created by hard work and dedication. One of Fnatic’s biggest legacies is Bora “Yellowstar” Kim, a player who’s helped shape not only Fnatic, but Western League of Legends eSports over the past six years. His in-game leadership has been praised by his teammates and is honored by numerous achievements and MVP awards. Even outside Summoner’s Rift, Yellowstar found ways to inspire players and fans alike,” the organization said in a press release.
“It’s hard to imagine an LCS Split without Yellowstar but today we are sad to announce Bora’s retirement from competitive League of Legends after 6 incredible seasons and 3.5 years with Fnatic.”
YellOwStaR also posted a message to his fans on his Facebook page, thanking his supporters for the wonderful memories he has formed since 2008 as a Warcraft 3 player, and throughout his League of Legends career.
Dear esports, It has been quite a while since this journey started, 8 years ago if my memory serves. You’ll admit…
“Entire years of sweat and late nights, from Mondays to Sundays for months finally were worth. It is all professional and personal, all at the very same time. The world you brought me in is a very unique way of life, and only you, esports, could have offered me that,” wrote YellOwStaR.
The 24-year old European LCS pro said that he has increasingly felt the exhaustion of having to practice long hours and participate in month-long leagues.
“So after long hours of thinking, support from friends and family, I have made up my mind. After 336 official games, it is time to tell you all that I am putting an end to my professional playing career!”
YellOwStaR is one of the most accomplished LoL players in the West, with 336 official games in LoL alone. The star support player began his career as an ADC with against All authority before playing for Millenium, SK and finally Fnatic in 2013.
YellOwStaR led Fnatic to an almost perfect split in 2015 before leaving to join TSM and the NA LCS. He would only stay for one split in America. In TSM, YellOwStaR managed to make the finals of the split despite a bad start. They would lose that finals against Counterlogic Gaming, 3-2.