Hey everyone, it has been quite some time since I last said I would update you guys so I'm sorry for the wait. Hopefully I'll be able to answer all of your questions and concerns regarding why I left C9 and how I'm on GGS now.
I have a period in my contract where I can explore free agency, two weeks every offseason, with C9 having the right to match any offer. I explored an extension with C9, and we were able to come to terms on a new 3 year deal. However, after going through the contract I changed my mind right after, and as the free agency period opened up I wanted to explore my options. I informed C9 that I would be looking for other opportunities, and they said they would also be doing so since the offseason was so busy and moving rapidly.
We both explored options for the next three days, with no contact between us, and after 3 days Jack called and said he had signed a new jungler and had traded me to GGS, the only team that had expressed interest in me to him. He wanted to make sure I landed in a good spot and locked everything up before I missed out on a spot. He helped me make sure the transition went smoothly, letting me play at the house till GGS was ready.
I'm sure a lot of you guys will be curious as to why I wanted to explore options in the first place after such an amazing year on C9. This last year as a player I learned a lot from everyone on C9 and I'm forever grateful for all their hard work. That being said, I'm nowhere near where I want to be. I have a lot of problems to work on going into this next season and the biggest one I'm working on is communication.
I've always struggled with this ever since I started to play competitively. I've always thought to myself, unless I work on this I won't be able to level up as a player and I felt if I was on C9 I don't think I can level up as much as I want to in this aspect of play. It requires me to go out of my comfort zone and really focus on being a leader ingame and out. It might sound weird to say all this while being on a team with Hai since he's a renowned shotcaller and leader, but if there's a future where there is no Hai to be that leader for our team, I want to be ready step in.
After being with the team for a couple weeks now I've realized this is a team where I can really grow as a player and a person. The trip to the Bay Area was an incredible experience I'll cherish for the rest of my life. The GSW showed how much passion and interest they have for the world of esports and nothing intrigued me more than that. We started practicing as a team not too long ago and I'm happy with how our progress is coming along. Everyone here has been incredible to work with so far and I can't wait for the season to finally start. I'm itching to play after such a long break from competitive and I've never been so motivated to improve. It's an honor to be able to play for the Golden Guardians this upcoming season. I'll do my best to make all of you guys proud. I hope you support my teammates and I as we go on this new journey together. Thank you so much for hearing me out.