Nongshim RedForce’s Peanut reached a new milestone in this LCK career after today’s series against Hanwha Life Esports. The 23-year old jungler earned his 2,500 assists after his strong performance today, climbing to the 11th spot in the LCK assist record of all times.
The jungler had a strong split alongside his team, sweeping most opponents with ease. Following today’s victory, NS secured their playoff spot in the 2021 LCK Summer Split.
Peanut began his professional League of Legends career in 2014 as the substitute jungler for Najin e-mFire and moved into the starting roster after two months as a sub. In 2016, he rose to fame alongside his teammates on ROX Tigers, one of LCK’s most dominant teams who was looking to stop SKT T1’s supremacy. They finished in first place during the regular seasons of Spring and Summer and picked up a title in the process, losing the other one to SKT T1
Peanut was a vital driving force for the team’s performance, and ROX Tigers made their way to the 2016 League world championship with their heads up high. The team swept through their opponents but lost in the semifinals 2-3 to SKT T1 in one of the closest best-of-five series of all time.
Following this defeat, Peanut decided to follow the adage “if you can’t beat them, join them,” and signed with SKT T1 as their next jungler. He had another dominant year in the LCK and was set to pick up a world championship title, but SKT T1 lost 0-3 to Samsung Galaxy in the 2017 League world championship finals.
He left the team following the defeat and joined Kingzone DragonX, with whom he won a domestic title, but wasn’t able to qualify for worlds. Shortly after, he changed bounced between some teams for a few years before landing on Nongshim RedForce for the 2021 competitive season.
During the 2021 LCK Spring Split, NS didn’t have the best performance, with most players having one or two years of competitive League experience. They still finished sixth in the regular split and secure a playoff spot, however. They had a close best-of-five series against Hanwha Life Esports but lost 2-3 in the end, with Peanut not having a huge impact in those matches.
Going into the 2021 LCK Summer Split, the team acquired former T1 mid-laner and EDG substitute Gori, and have been finding a fair share of success with him. Peanut has also been a significant driving force for his team’s dominance, showing resemblances of his form during his times on ROX Tigers and T1.
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