ShowMaker in the 2023 LCK Spring Split is showing a much worse performance, the big reason may be because his enthusiasm has run out.
The players who come to the “gaming for money” career mostly start with passion, ShowMaker is no exception. The mid laner of DK is only 22 years old this year, but there is no glory of League of Legends that ShowMaker has not achieved, whether domestically or internationally. Is that the main reason why you gradually get bored of League of Legends?
ShowMaker is a mid laner born in 2000 – he’s still very young, but he’s already reached most of the peak of League of Legends. Even ShowMaker’s style is used as a learning curve for some new generation mid laners like Zeka. But that means the pressure put on this little guy’s shoulders is also huge because of the fans’ expectations.
DK’s superstar recently admitted in an interview with Korizon that he is treating League of Legends as a job instead of playing games with pleasure like the early days of his career five years ago. “Honestly? When I first debuted, it was 100% love and 0% work. I play because I love LoL so much. But now I will say League of Legends is 100% pure work!” – ShowMaker said.
It’s very difficult to love something for long when you have to face and do it every day with extreme intensity and pressure like the way players practice League of Legends. ShowMaker himself also has many mental health problems and he considers that to be one of the main causes.
“It’s been tough being at the top for so many years. It’s been extremely difficult. I don’t think I’m super healthy in the first place. Now I have health problems everywhere. The nature of this profession is to gradually erode your mental health. Because of that, my spirit is also having problems,” – ShowMaker shared.
Most recently, Nuguri, a famous top laner and former ShowMaker teammate, retired because of his cooled enthusiasm and health problems. It can be seen that this is a common problem for players. They receive good salaries and benefits to “follow their passion”, but this passion is not “healthy”.
Although they confessed that they were more or less fascinated with League of Legends as before, ShowMaker and DK are still third on the LCK Spring 2023 chart with a coefficient of 6-3. However, fans are noticing that the mid laner’s form is extremely unstable despite the fact that he has won 300 Player of the Game (POG) points. With less impressive personal stats, ShowMaker doesn’t have as much impact as before, although the resources and kills are still plenty.
In the return clash with LSB, DK lost despite winning the first leg. Most probably because DK members have not really caught up with the new version 13.3. ShowMaker personally may also need time to “get the spirit” of this update.