Unfortunately we will not be attending the DreamLeague Minor at the end of this month for health-related reasons.— Team Liquid (@TeamLiquid) October 11, 2018
GLHF to the teams still attending!
No Minor for Liquid, which means no Major either
Having won their place at the Minor by finishing second in the Europe Qualifier, Team Liquid have announced that due to health reasons, they would have to withdraw. No other information was given, and we wish a speedy recovery to whomever the issue affects.
This ultimately means that Liquid will also miss out on the first Major of the year. They had initially failed to qualify, falling to Team Lithium in Round 2 of the Lower Bracket — a poor showing for TI7 winners and 2017-18 DPC runners-up. Winning the Minor would have been their ticket to the Major.
It is worth noting that Liquid actually played with a sub in the Minor qualifiers, with Roman 'rmN' Paley standing in for Lasse 'Matumbaman' Urpalainen.
Due to the unfortunate nature of Team Liquid not being able to attend the #DHDreamLeague Minor, we are thankful for Team Lithium for standing in at such short notice!— DreamHack Dota (@DreamHackDota) October 11, 2018
Lithium to replace Liquid in Stockholm
It’s actually Team Lithium who have been named to replace Liquid at the Minor. The European side, captained by Maurice 'KheZu' Gutmann, initially finished fourth behind The Final Tribe, Liquid and MangoBay. However, with MangoBay seemingly disbanded — both Armand 'bOne7' Pittner and Angel 'Flash' Niamtu are now with WU TANG — the spot logically goes to Lithium.
will do a short stream (very tired from military training)— Heen (@Heen1337) October 11, 2018
experimenting with different OBS settings
starting in 5 minhttps://t.co/UMVAzWXL5v
Heen and Liquid part ways
According to reports from EsportsHeaven, Korean coach and former MVP Phoenix* player Lee “Heen” Seung Gon has left the organisation.
As mentioned on the coach’s Twitter account, Heen is currently undertaking military service in his homeland. In Korea, this military service is compulsory for all male citizens between the ages of 18 and 35 and lasts for a period of two years. With Heen now approaching his 32nd birthday, time was running out for him to start his service.
Exemptions are incredibly difficult to come by, too — typical sportspeople must win an Olympic medal, or gold at the Asian Games, in order to earn their release from service, while it is unclear if esports pros are afforded the same exemption.
We also wish Heen the best of luck with his military service, and look forward to a potential return to Dota 2 in the future!
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