Team Dignitas’ Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho is one of five names featured in the NA LCS All-Pro Team, the most-valued player in his position for the 2017 Summer Split.
The title is long overdue for Ssumday, whose dominance in the top lane has been understated since his arrival from the LCK at the beginning of the year.
Ssumday was crowned in the All-Pro Team alongside Immortals’ Jake “Xmithie” Puchero and Kim “Olleh” Joo-sung, Cloud9’s Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen and Team SoloMid’s Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng.
Congratulations to the 2017 #NALCS Summer All-Pro Team!
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Despite Team Dignitas’ 5th place finish in the Summer Split, Ssumday’s prowess in the top lane did not go without recognition, surpassing talent from the league’s front runners to deservedly claim the accolade. Speaking to Inven Global, the Korean remarked:
“I didn’t even know that I was selected until I saw my Twitter feed.
“[2nd place] Hauntzer and [3rd place] Flame had a much more competitive Split compared to me – as both of them are in the 1st and 2nd placed team in the LCS standings, but I’m proud that I was selected in place of them.”
Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho
Ahead of the start of the 2017 North American League of Legends Championship, the region was flooded with an array of top lane talent from the game’s most dominant region, South Korea.
The arrival of Ssumday – alongside Echo Fox’s Jang “Looper” Hyeong-seok, Immortals’ Lee “Flame” Ho-jong – served to excite the imaginations of native fans, thrilled at the prospect of seeing former World Champions and LCK stars square off in the NA LCS’s own top lane duels.
Adapting to an entirely different competitive region took time, especially for a young South Korean with limited English language proficiencies.
Ssumday was amongst the contenders for the top lane spot in the NA LCS All-Pro Team in the Spring Split, but was pipped to the post by Hauntzer. The Summer Split provided the Korean with the opportunity to showcase his superiority in style:
— lolesports (@lolesports) June 10, 2017
Every professional player knows that the Spring Split is just a warm up; an opportunity to acclimatise to the competition around you, develop new strategies and build synergy with your teammates, all ahead of the competition for a place at the World Championships in the summer.
After taking a split to establish himself in the NA LCS and build synergy with his English-speaking teammates, Ssumday is now flying high as a deserving member of the NA LCS All-Pro line-up.
Team Dignitas will face off against Cloud9 in the first round of the playoffs and Ssumday remains optimistic that his already-successful Summer Split could get even better:
“League-wise, we still have the playoffs remaining, so I want to wait a little longer before saying anything, but, for everything outside of the game, I’m very satisfied.
“I think I have done a great job at adapting here, there were many difficulties at first, but I think the efforts of all my teammates and other acquaintances really helped me to adapt efficiently.”
Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho
It may have taken an entire split for Ssumday to find his feet, but the Korean talent is now leading the pack. Having proved his ability to hard carry games from the top lane, Ssumday is aiming for glory in the regional playoffs and beyond.