GorillA on being the ‘IRL support’: “Other people advise me not to live like this, but maybe I just need to go through a lot of toil.”

Kang “GorillA” Beom-hyeon has been making a name for himself recently for being acknowledged as one of the people in the Korean League of Legends scene who consistently supports other players from behind the scenes, with fans calling him the ‘IRL support,’ befitting of his role.

In an interview with Daily eSports’ Choi Eun-bi, GorillA offered his thoughts on the matter.

“I guess it’s just the way I am,” he said. “Other people advise me not to live like this, but maybe I just need to go through a lot of toil. I think my role while in Longzhu is similar.”

Longzhu Gaming sits third in League Champions Korea during the IEM Katowice break, with only one match left in the first round of the spring split. That’s already a vast improvement from both 2016 splits and GorillA remained optimistic about his team’s chances when play resumes.

That said, positive attention has seemed to give way to harsh criticism at times.

“It’s a good thing that many people are evaluating us well not only for the team, but for the players too,” he said. “The scary thing is the criticism that we get when we lose, but I think we can be even more popular if we keep up the good work.”

Slingshot staff writer and Korean League of Legends expert who also owns a Pikachu-themed iPhone case. You can reach him at Andrew@slingshotesports.com

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