Kim River Dong-woo has been adapting to the new league and environment since his arrival in the LCS last year. He had been a member of the Dignitas League for eight months, helping them to reach an excellent finish in the 2022 LCS Lock-In tournament.
The news therefore surprised every League fan in North America when Dignitas traded him to their close table rivals the Golden Guardians mid-season.
In a recent interview with Inven Global, the Korean star talked about his past year in the LCS and how the move has been a better choice for him in the professional world.
When I was at PSG, everyone believed that we had to win no matter what. When we lost one game, the atmosphere became really tense. It's better to have that pressure off of my shoulders now, says the manager.
River has admitted that he has been able to learn the language through an English tutor since his move to Dignitas.
Im just doing my homework, little by little, according to a friend, and I'm planning to study hard during the break. Anyways, right now, I understand most of what is said in the game, but I'm still struggling with everyday English.
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The Golden Guardians were eliminated from the 2022 LCS Summer playoffs fairly quickly, despite River's purchase. However, River was unfazed by this outcome. He believes that moving teams between the seasons and lacking the ability to effectively communicate in games are unfavorable factors.
I knew from the start that I would have a difficult time completing the top, so it wasnt that surprising for me. However, I always want to go up, according to the man.
The LCS is clearly superior to the PCS, according to him, while there are many good players here in the LCS. However, there are still areas the LCS lacks, such as solo queue environments or scrims.
According to him, the greatest thing about the region is Riot Games and the League organizations give their players a lot of support.
During this break, River will return to his Korean roots.
Because he believes the North American solo queue environment is still bleak, he plans to improve his english and grind on the famous Korean League server.