Worlds 2020 champion Nuguri has announced his retirement

Jang "Nuguri" Ha-gwon has officially retired from professional League of Legends play.

Nuguri’s retirement comes just 12 days after his contract with DWG KIA expired on November 16, with the player opting to become a free agent.

It seems however, that Nuguri will not be signing with another team - and has instead decided to step away from the professional League of Legends scene, with the announcement of his retirement coming via content creator Ashley Kang on Twitter.

Nuguri retries from professional League of Legends

At 23 years old, his retirement marks the end of a six year-long career that saw him winning the League of Legends World Championship alongside DAMWON Gaming (now known as DWG KIA) back in 2020.

Nuguri’s career began back in 2017, when he played for I Gaming Star. That partnership was short-lived however, with him later signing on with DWG KIA during the offseason. The player spent much of his career with DWG, during a whirlwind career that saw him being regarded as one of the world’s best top laners in the world.

Nuguri’s career with DWG started off strong, claiming victory during the promotion tournament for the 2019 LCK season and making it all the way to the 2019 Worlds.

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One year later, in what was by far the peak of Nuguri’s career, DWG went on to win Worlds 2020 alongside his teammates Heo "ShowMaker" Su, Kim "Canyon" Geon-bu, Jang "Ghost" Yong-jun and Cho “BeryL” Geon-hee - alongside coach Yang “Daeny” Dae-in.

That victory came through a stunning 3:1 win over Chinese rivals Suning, with DWG going home as that year’s Worlds champions.

Sadly, Nuguri’s career took a downward turn after he left DWG for FunPlus Phoenix in 2021. Fans felt that his skills were slipping - most noticeably when FunPlus Phoenix ranked 14th at the 2021 World Championship.

He took a brief break at the end of 2021, before returning to DWG KIA, but failed to live up to his former glories. Nuguri’s last game took place at the 2022 World Championship, where DWG was knocked out during the quarterfinals, losing to Korean team Gen.G in a 2:3 loss.

It seems that Nuguri is looking to retire with his fantastic performance at the 2020 Worlds still fresh in the minds of League of Legends fans everywhere - marking the end of an era for his six year-long career.

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