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[Summoner`s Story] The Deepening Adventure of Lee 'Spirit' Da-Yoon

김기자2016-10-23 21:21


Lee 'Spirit' Dayun was once named as the best jungle in LCK. His abilities and skills were acknowledged in Samsung Blue and joined World Elite(WE) in LPL. But his life in China wasn`t very sound, and the team record fell head over heels. And eventually, because of the conflict with the team executives, his life in China ended after a single year.

After finishing his life in China, he moved to Fnatic to take over the place where Reignover had left. At the beginning of the season, he was concerned for being not fully adapted to the team, but he managed to overcome with the help from the coaching staffs and the fellow team members. As he looked back this year in Fnatic, he said "even though I didn't make it to the Worlds, my experience in foreign county made me grow up even more as a professional player."

And he met his Korean fans as a guest commentater at OGN for 2016 LoL World Championship, after parting from Fnatic. When I met him again, it seems like he can see the worlds with wider perspective and has an open mind for a new challenge. 

- I want to know why you chose to go to Europe, not Korea, after you left China
▶ The reason I chose to go to Europe is to challenge the teams within the best region. I wanted to experience a new culture and I used to look up the English speakers, so I accepted Fnatic's offer. 

- You would have to adapt to your new team when joining Fnatic
▶ The daily routine was completely different. Other teammates wake up early in the morning, do some workouts, and start practicing until they go to bed around 11PM~12AM. On the other hand, I wake up around noon practice until 4~5AM. So they misunderstood me for not practicing. (giggles)

One day, we made a team practice report and had a session for the feedbacks about each member's problem. My teammates told me I should play solo queue more. The coach looked up the summoner history, and it came out that I played the most. Then the teammates apologized to me. After that, I moved up the wake-up time, and everything was solved.  
 

- Maybe because it was the time for getting yourself adapted, but your game play was wasn't so good
▶ When I arrived Europe, I tried my best to learn English yet I still had problems with expression and made the teammates misunderstand. I wanted to suggest like 'we should do it this way' but I actually said 'we must do it this way,' which made the teammates a bit flustered. 

The coach taught me the way I should make my expression every time, and the teammates tried to understand my English wasn't that fluent enough yet. Especially the coach stayed up by my side until the late night. He analyzed the matches as he took care of me, so I also tried myself to improve more. I got so much help from him in both matches and living. From Samsung Blue to Fnatic, I feel like I've grown into an adult by meeting good teammates and coaching staffs.

- But yet, the results still matter for professional players. Didn't you feel pressure about it?
▶ I have to bear the criticism about the results. It's difficult to be a player whom everyone is satisfied. My challenges are meaningful to me, and I cannot force the fans to cheer for me. So I accepted the words of criticism. 

- Which teammates was the closest to you? 
▶ At first, I was close with Febiven, but I got along with everyone later. But the coach was the one I relied on the most. There are some things that are difficult to be honest with between the players, but the coach always tried to solve those complains.
 

- What is the reason why didn't renew the contract with Fnatic?
▶ Mainly it's because Fnatic didn't make it to the Worlds. After the summer split began, I thought Fnatic could make it to the Words no matter what, but the failure shocked me a lot. Fnatic's last season was good, and the team didn't get better even after I joined. So it can be said it's my problem.

- How have you changed over the years as a professional player?
▶ When I made my debut, I didn't think of others and I was selfish. I only knew about the game. I said bad things and caused some troubles. I was young. And when I was in Samsung Blue, I met Coach Myoung-Won Choi, Acorn, and Heart. They scolded me and taught me a lot, and I became more mature. Dade talked to me privately and chided me harshly. I slowly changed myself like that, and now I feel really appreciate about it.

- It's not as much as your glory days, but your play inside the match seems more mature
▶ My brother team, Samsung White, was a good stimulant. We were always at round of 16, and we could win 2014 LCK Spring because we learned a lot from the best teams like Samsung White and SK Telecom K.

- You have experience in Korea, China, and Europe. How is the fan culture different?
▶ Europe fans have high spirits. Some fans dye their hairs with the color of the team they support. They are very outgoing and treat us as if we are their friends. On the other hand, Korean and Chinese fans take care of us like idol stars. I always feel thankful to all of them.
 

- You have experience in Korea, China, and Europe. How is the fan culture different? 
▶ Europe fans have high spirits. Some fans dye their hairs with the color of the team they support. They are very outgoing and treat us as if we are their friends. On the other hand, Korean and Chinese fans take care of us like idol stars. I always feel thankful to all of them.

- I heard your nickname among the Korean fans is 'Dajung Lee' ('Dajung' is the Korean word, meaning 'kindheartedness')
▶ I didn't that many fans since my days in MVP Blue. So each fan is very precious to me. Because of their love and support, so I've been able to enjoy the matches. So I should do whatever I can do to return the favor.

- I also heard NA fans want to have you on LCS NA. What is your thought? Do you have any chance to go?
▶ All kinds of possibilities are open to me. Now I don't have language barrier when playing the game, so I think I can go to NA. I should get some offers first, though. 

- I want to hear what kind of team you wish to join
▶ I don't want to form a team with the players with only skills. Whether they are good or not, I want to be with the passionate players. With those players, I don't mind even being on the Challenger Series. It's because I'm confident my team will be able to advance to the 

- You received the favorable comments as a guest commentator
▶ I think I'm still doing well as a player, so I don't plan to be a commentator at this moment. I think my glory days have not come, and it won't be so late to retire once I feel I reach a deadlock.
 

- Is there anything you want to say?
▶ I really appreciate Fnatic for scouting me; even I couldn't speak English at all. I'm also thankful for leading me up to this point, and everything has been a good experience for me. Now I'm trilingual, so I'm open for the offers.

Writing=safe@fomos.co.kr
Photo=kenzi@fomos.co.kr(@kenzi131)
Translation=@Fangzhuzhiyue


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