Meet Our Mid Pirean

A solo queue star from South Korea, now in the LCS (League of Legends Championship series), meet Jun-Sik Choi. He goes by Pirean on the rift, and is one of the younger players in the LCS, sitting at 18 years old. His journey into the LCS began in Daejeon, South Korea where he lived before traveling to the states. There he did nothing but play League of Legends as he was 100% motivated to go pro. Prior to Team Impulse he only played for a couple of small teams which were created to compete in small tournaments with online friends. He never liked school, his dream was to eventually become a professional gamer, and a professional gamer he became. One day, Yeon “Sin” Hyeong-mo added Pirean on his League of Legends account on the Korean server. They talked, and Sin then recommended him to Team Impulse as they were looking to rebuild their team.

After reaching top 20 on the Challenger Korean ladder, all his hard work had payed off as he was officially signed to a North American team. This would be his first journey to the states, a journey to fulfill his dream of becoming a professional gamer. He met one of his closer friends in the League community on Team Impulse, Kim “Procxin” Se-Young. Pirean says he likes Procxin because he is a funny guy and a good friend. After Team Impulse, they went their separate ways; Procxin went to Team Envy, and Pirean came to Phoenix1.

Pirean says he loves being in the U.S., he loves the weather the most because it is not too cold in the winter, and not too hot in the summer. In addition, he says he likes the greasy food that is available here, he is disgusted by the sight of anything that resembles a vegetable. His favorite food is pork but when it comes to American food, he enjoys Chick-fil-A the most. As for his family, they are very supportive of his decision to become a professional gamer, although they were against it at first. He misses his family, friends, and food back home, but that does not stop his drive to become the best mid-laner in North America, that is something he strives to become every day.

Pirean says he loves being in the U.S., he loves the weather the most because it is not too cold in the winter, and not too hot in the summer. In addition, he says he likes the greasy food that is available here, he is disgusted by the sight of anything that resembles a vegetable. His favorite food is pork but when it comes to American food, he enjoys Chick-fil-A the most. As for his family, they are very supportive of his decision to become a professional gamer, although they were against it at first. He misses his family, friends, and food back home, but that does not stop his drive to become the best mid-laner in North America, that is something he strives to become every day.

 

Phoenix1 Fan Questions

Q: Did you ever have trouble climbing elo at first, or was getting a high rank easy for you?
A: It was really hard at first, but I continued to practice and practice. I didn’t stop playing and so I was able to achieve Challenger 965 lp in Korea.

Q: How do you like the current meta in regards to how it impacts mid lane?
A: I like the meta because I can make plays with certain champions such as Azir, utilizing his ultimate in a flashy fashion.

Q: What made you realize you wanted to go pro?
A: My play was so pretty good and I really like League of Legends, and so I wanted to show some great plays for people and prove that I can compete at a top level.

Q: What are your favorite champions?
A: My favorite champions right now are Zyra, Azir, and Ryze

Q: How would you rate yourself on a list of NA mid laners?
A: I think I am currently 5th or 6th among the other NA mid laners.

Q: Do you like being in the US and is it scary being here alone?
A: It isn’t really scary, when I first came here to the U.S. I was actually really excited since it was my first pro player experience and I thoroughly enjoy being here.

Q: What is your most and least favorite part of America? Do you prefer the U.S. over Korea?
A: Most favorite is the weather for sure, I love it; as for least, no real Korean food that I would find back home. I prefer Korea over the U.S. because of my family, friends, and it’s my home country, but I love both.

Q: How do you stay positive after a defeat?
A: I think about my family, they gave me the chance to go pro and even if I lose, it’s okay because they allowed me to be here in the first place so I’m truly grateful for that, I know I can improve.

Q: Do you think you will be good enough for lcs in the next couple of years as competition seems to be getting better each split?
A: I think I’m already good and I believe that I can continue to improve for splits to come.