Wolf: 'I don’t think [being] a gamer suits me'

by Daniel Rosen Nov 19 2016
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SK Telecom T1's star support Lee "Wolf" Jae-wan is starting to think about a future outside of pro-gaming, according to an interview he did with Inven's Kim Byung-Ho that was translated Saturday by Slingshot's Andrew Kim.

Wolf told Inven that he's not sure he's cut out for being a professional League gamer, and he's begun thinking about what he'll do after he's done.

“I feel that I’m wearing a mask at times, I want to be Lee Jae-wan, but I feel like I live life with a mask called 'Wolf,'" he said. "I don’t think [being] a gamer suits me. I want to try out different things when I quit professional gaming."

He said that if he stays in esports, he could see himself as a caster, reporter or interviewer. If he were to look outside the scene, he might be a therapist or a teacher, which he said was his "original dream."

"I guess I’ll need to hold on a couple of those dreams if I can’t cut it," he said.

Wolf started playing LoL professionally in December 2012, when he joined NaJin Shield. He moved to Chunam Techno University shortly before signing with SKT in October 2013. He's remained with the organization through all three of the team's Worlds victories.

However, Wolf said his family has pushed back on his decision to take up pro gaming. Though his father accepted his choice early on, his mother was harder to convince. He said he gave his mother his credit card to help out with medical expenses related to her heart condition, but she rarely uses it.

"There are a lot of good restaurants around the house. I hope she would eat well and take care of herself, but I think she feels sorry," he said. "When she said how she could use her son’s hard earned money, I smiled and told her that her son makes money easily, that all he does is sit down and move his fingers."

Wolf also recounted how his pro gaming life affected his education early on. He said his middle school teachers at school would catch him sleeping in class, since he was tired from his late-night League practice. His solution was to ask his ten teachers if he could be given permission to nap during lessons.

"Maybe it was because I was honest, but six of the 10 allowed me to do so," Wolf said. "My English teacher is the most memorable. When they would come to teach, they would say, 'Hey pro gamer! Go to sleep!'"

Other teachers were less accommodating, and eventually his naps became the subject of a parent-teacher meeting. He has since graduated from secondary school and now plays League full-time.

Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.