In the latest episode of Dexerto’s Esports Stories, veteran top laner Jeon “Impact” Eonyoung spoke about his history in the league and why he turned down an offer to play for SKT T1 in 2017 in order to remain in North America.
Impact is one of North America’s longest-established importers. He has been a popular mainstay in the region since moving from LCK to LCS in 2015 and has won multiple national titles in both Korea and North America.
He began his professional career as a top laner for SKT Telecom T1, winning the 2013 World Championship in his first year with the team. But after nearly two years with the team, he felt it was time for a change.
He came to NA to join the NA LCS’s Team Impact (yes, really) and quickly became one of the most accomplished and popular top laners in the region. Team Impact, a team that LCS caster David “Phreak” Turley calls “one of the first super teams,” failed to live up to the prestige of its roster and failed to win a national title in 2015.
After his brief stint at TIP, Impact moved to Cloud9. He would remain there for the next two years, winning two regional gauntlets and representing North America at two world championships. However, this national title still eluded him.
The SKT T1 offer
In 2017, Impact received the opportunity of a lifetime – an offer to return to SKT after his three-year absence.
The community had often asked why he chose to stay in NA and hypothesized that he stayed in the area for the money. However he clarified with Dexerto that money was never an issue. He wanted to win and he wasn’t going until he did.
“I thought I needed success in NA. I was with Cloud9 for two years and we lost twice in the finals. I thought I wanted to join another team because playing here wasn’t bad.”
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It was this desire for success that led to him turning down SKT’s offer to accept a starting spot with the LCS organization, Team Liquid. He considered the SKT offer, but ultimately couldn’t leave NA without a trophy.
“I felt like not winning the NA LCS and then going there would have been weird.”
And as it turns out, he made the right choice. He then went on to win four national titles with Team Liquid and made it to MSI 2018 in North America’s first international final in two years. Now he’s hoping to grab another LCS win with Evil Geniuses, who will be playing on Cloud9 April 17 for their shot at a spot in the LCS Spring 2022 finals.
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