A few days back Team Liquid announced on Twitter that they have withdrawn from the DreamLeague Season 10 Minor for “health-related reasons”. This came after they played the qualifiers for the event using a stand-in for Lasse Aukusti “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen.
At the same time, it was reported that their long-standing coach Seung Gon “Heen” Lee stepped down from his position. Heen explained afterwards on Twitter that it’s not the mandatory military service that keeps him away from the team currently, but rather “occasional reserve army training” he has to do a few days a year.
I already served 2 years in the Korean military long ago.
The only thing that's left is the occasional reserve army training a few days of the year.
I went yesterday for simple shooting practice, practice grenades, and mostly… wasting time.
— Heen (@Heen1337) October 12, 2018
While he is back home, Heen started to stream on a regular basis and yesterday he gave a bit more details about Liquid’s decision to withdraw from the first Minor of the 2018 – 2019 Dota Pro Circuit.
“I’ve been told the health issue is not that serious, it’s not like someone has cancer or anything. Players do have to grind a lot so I think it’s not a disease, they’re not sick, it’s more like they probably were told by their doctors to take a proper break,” he said on his stream.
The new DPC season hit very soon after The International 2018. The players had merely three weeks to reorganize and rest before the qualifiers for the Kuala Lumpur Major. Taking into consideration what a packed schedule the previous season had, it’s understandable that most of the players, especially those who grinded their way to TI8 and then flew to Vancouver to participate at the biggest event of the year, feel burned-out now.
Last year, after winning TI7, Team Liquid were back in action from the first Minor of the season and kept pushing themselves through the entire season. So, perhaps learning from their previous experience, slowing things down a bit, it’s not the worst idea. OG, The International 2018 Champions have decided to do precisely that and skipped the KL Major, along with the DreamLeague S10 Minor qualifiers. The first Minor of the season will kick off at the end of this month, on the 29th.