On 19th of November KST, T1 announced Kim “Khan” Dong-ha, the former top laner of the team, will be entering Free Agency. Khan joins the growing list of T1 players and coaches that have parted ways with the team in the latest offseason, along with Mata, Clid, kkOma, Crazy and Haru.
Shortly after the news of his Free Agency, Khan posted a parting announcement his Facebook thanking T1 and the fans as well as expressing his determination to “challenge himself again”. Khan stated that he is up for a new challenge, be it “within South Korea or overseas”.
Below is the full translation of Khan’s announcement.
Hello, this is Kim “Khan” Dong-ha, the former top laner of T1, now back with yet another announcement post after a year.
First of all, I’d like to share some of my thoughts.
I believe the players, the coaching staff and the management all worked hard towards the goal of winning the World Championship.
The result was not the championship that everyone could be satisfied, however, I believe the result of the semifinal itself is not a bad result at all. The journey that led to this result was not easy, however, within this journey, I learnt many things; I realized my own deficiencies; I was happy to be with everyone around me.
Perhaps it is because I have learnt many things, or perhaps it is because I know I have a lot more to learn and I have room to improve even further. Or perhaps it is because I’ve built up a personal rapport with all my teammates and the coaching staff and the management during the last year. But the truth is, my feet are heavy as I walk away.
However, for every relationship, there is a parting. And within that parting, new relationships may arise. So I shall challenge myself again.
I would like to challenge myself anywhere, be it within South Korea or overseas, as long as it’s a place that wants this player called Khan.
I’m still desperate because I have many things that I have not been able to show on the stage. I was frustrated with myself because even during worlds matches, I saw areas that I could fix within myself. l still believe that I have a room for growth as a professional player. So I will challenge myself as if this is my last chance, to herald in my second prime.
I’m 26 in Korean age next year. I am no longer young. However, the passion that is burning me is still no different from when I was a teenager. I am yet to be complacent of my own skills, I still feel angry when I make mistakes and try to amend these mistakes in whichever way possible. I still have the stamina to meet any practice schedules.
Due to all the reasons above, I am challenging myself again.
I thank, and thank again, to all the fans who showed me immense support.
I hope every single one of you takes care of your health and I wish you happiness from the bottom of my heart.
Finally, be it any team or any player out there, I hope you continue to support everyone in the League of Legends scene.