South Korean League of Legends player Cho "Mata" Se-hyeong announced his retirement Saturday after seven years of playing professionally.
Mata, part of Samsung Galaxy White's 2014 world championship squad, shared the news on his Facebook page. His translated post called out "happy moments that I was able to have good chances and experiences."
"After having many thoughts, I decided to end my pro gaming career as of 2019," he wrote. "... It felt good that winning the championship got me more money and career, but what was even better was that I was able to feel all the interest and support of the fans. ... I thought of cheering, criticism, and blame as fans being interested in myself. I'm thankful for all the fans' support. Thank you for being together with me for 7 years."
Other career highlights include the League of Legends Pro League 2016 spring regional and spring playoffs titles, the 2017 KeSPA Cup, the League of Legends Champions Korea 2018 summer season and summer playoffs titles and the LCK 2019 spring playoffs title. He also made three other League of Legends World Championship appearances (2016, 2018, 2019), most recently finishing in third-fourth place with T1 this year.
The 25-year-old Mata parted ways with T1 on Nov. 19 following the team's loss to G2 Esports in the 2019 worlds semifinals. He also spent time with Vici Gaming, Royal Never Give Up and KT Rolster.
-- Field Level Media