Lee “Forev” Sang-don decided to take a break from competitive play despite competing in the Southeast Asia DPC League Lower Division with team HOYO.
Forev cited personal issues and the need of focusing on his own business which is suffering due to a surge of COVID-19 cases in South Korea. He will be stepping down from the HOYO roster for the remaining games in the Southeast Asia Lower Division but if the team will need him to play in a possible tiebreaker, he assured the fans that he will do his best to help his teammates.
After the third week of matches, HOYO are sitting on the fourth place in the League with one series won, two losses and an overall game score of 2 to 4. They still have four more series on the schedule and per Valve rules, they can use a stand-in player for these next four match-ups. However, if the final results will force them to a tiebreaker match, per the same Valve rules, they will need to bring back Forev as a team is allowed to play just four series with a stand-in player through the whole season.
HOYO current roster:
- Galvin “Meracle” Kang Jian Wen
- Poomipat “Fearless” Trisiripanit
- Tri “Jhocam” Kuncoro
- Anurat “boombell” Praianun
There are no DPC points to be earned in the Lower Division, the big prize being promotion to the Upper Division in the next season. Only the top two teams from Lower Division will be promoted at the end of Season 1 while the bottom two teams will be eliminated from the DPC and will have to go through open qualifiers at the beginning of Season 2. HOYO’s next encounter is scheduled for February 8 when they will be playing versus Galaxy Racer.