UPDATE: Liquid not attending Minor as Heen departs

posted by Olucaron,
Two pieces of news came out of Team Liquid last night, with significant consequences for the org in the short term. Firstly, the huge news that Liquid will not attend the DreamLeague Minor, and secondly that coach Lee "Heen" Seung Gon has departed after two years with the org.
UPDATE: In a Twitter post, Heen clarified that he has already served his compulsory two years of military service, and that only the occasional reserve training remains.


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.

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.

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!

What do you think of developments at Team Liquid?

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