Richard “Pulse” Kim, caster for the European League of Legends Championship Series, has announced that he will be stepping away from his position as commentator for the league to pursue a career in the LPL.

To summarize, Pulse explained his reasons for leaving the EU LCS as a need for a hard reset, both for himself and for the fans. Pulse pointed out that the general response he got from fans was negative, which he says contributed significantly to his decision to shift gears.

“When people see me on screen, the automatic reaction is negative and regardless of whether that’s justified or not, that sentiment won’t change if viewers insta-mute the stream or have already decided that anything I say will be garbage.”

The commentator went on to say that his time in the LPL, which he hopes to be multiple years, will be spent refining his skills as a caster.

“Consider this my training arc. Every half decent anime protag has to go through one and 2017 will be mine,” Pulse wrote,  “I hope that with the time away and the experience I will acquire from the Aussies I’ll return to international screens better than I’ve ever been.”

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Despite having taken casting seriously since 2011, Pulse’s career only recently began to take off in the last couple of years when he began casting for the EU LCS in 2015.  His public image quickly took a hit during an infamous interview with Konstantinos “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou, who was put on camera to discuss the emotional impact of his team’s loss as he prepared to leave for mandatory military service in Greece, even though he was clearly on the verge of a breakdown. Pulse has since recognized his mistake and apologized for the lack of respect given to the player, but the interview has painted a target on his back as an eSport personality.

If anything, Pulse’s announcement goes to show how vitriolic the gaming community can be, when they want to be. Online trolling, primarily from Twitch chat and Reddit, has led him to abandon his post at one of the most watched eSports circuits in the world to one that has significantly less viewership and production value, hoping that, when he returns, he won’t have to experience an onslaught of insults. Pulse even explained that his goal for his time in the LPL is to receive less negativity online, even using the negativity as a way to gauge his skills.

“If I had to pick some goals it would be that when you see me next (…) forum threads won’t read “I hate his hair, he’s the biggest Weeb imaginable and his casting sucks”” he explained, “Seriously though, I want to be good enough to the point where it’s no longer a dispute as to whether my work is good or bad and instead, people choose to like or dislike me on other factors like my personality.

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