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PawN announces retirement from professional gaming due to OCD

Heo "PawN" Won-seok announces his retirement from professional gaming. Image Source: Riot Games

Today, the LCK said goodbye to yet another hero in its Hall of Legends. On 28th of September Heo “PawN” Won-seok, the decorated mid laner of Kingzone DragonX and former mid laner of Edward Gaming and Samsung White, announced his retirement.

안녕하세요. 폰 허원석입니다.이렇게 늦게 인사드려 죄송합니다.2019년 저를 믿고 같이해주신 킹존 선수들 코치님 감독님 팬분들께 죄송합니다.죄송하단 말 밖에 할게없네요..제가 쉬게된 이유는 강박증…

Posted by 허원석 on Saturday, September 28, 2019

Following is the translation of PawN’s statement on his Facebook page:

Hello, this is Heo “PawN” Won-seok.

I’m sorry that it took so long for me to make this statement.

I’m sorry to Kingzone DragonX coaching staff, players and fans who trusted and worked with me throughout 2019.

I’m sorry, that’s all I can really say …

I had taken a break due to obsessive-compulsive disorder.

I was hit with the compulsive disorder at 2018 and I could not play the game at all if I was not set up in exactly the way I wanted it to. I went to therapy, I went to mental clinics, and nothing was working. I began thinking of retirement, then I gave it one more go during 2018 Worlds. It was then when I found a set up that I could be satisfied with. I thought everything was ok, I began playing for Kingzone DragonX, I finished the spring split without issues.

But when the summer split came, I didn’t expect the compulsive disorder would hit me again. In a different way, so suddenly.

I’m sorry that I’ve been a burden to the team and disappointed my fans.

I do not believe that I can continue playing as a professional player. 

Thank you to every single fan who has supported me so far.

PawN had a celebrated career, winning titles across both the LCK and the LPL. PawN is memorized for his performance during 2014 when the mid laner and his team Samsung White won 2014 World Championship.

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