Prominent StarCraft II team SlayerS to disband

Star players demoted, some move to League of Legends; reasons for disbanding include in-fighting and confrontations with the Korea eSports Federation.

Prominent Korean StarCraft II team Slayers has announced that it will be disbanding next month, following a number of player disputes and confrontations with the Korea eSports Federation.

According to a statement from Slayers co-owner Kim "Jessica" Ga Yeon, who formed Slayers last year with boyfriend and legendary Korean player Lim "Boxer" Yo Hwan, Slayers will shut down on November 3, after taking on MVP in the GomTV StarLeague.

Jessica and Boxer, co-owners of Slayers.

Reasons cited for the move include clashes between Boxer and star player Mun "MMA" Seong Won, confrontations with the Korea eSports Federation, and various issues with the rest of the team's members.

Meanwhile, Boxer has announced that he will be the new head coach of SK Telecom.

According to Jessica, star players MMA and Yang "Alicia" Joon Sik have been demoted to the B team, where Alicia will be removed from the team soon for an undisclosed reason. Choi "CranK" Jae Won, who recently joined Axiom Gaming, is said to have been kicked off the team. Players Kim "Puzzle" Sang Jun, Choi "CoCa" Jong Hwan, and Hwang "Min" Doh Hyung have reportedly switched to League of Legends.

In the statement, Jessica stated that issues arose for Slayers initially when the Korean eSports Federation was being constructed, electing not to join the organisation. Disparagement between Slayers and the Korean eSports Federation continued over boycotting players into NASL Season 2 and Season 3.

The federation, led by StarTale Coach Won Jong-Wook, had reportedly forced all eSports Federation players and teams not to practice or speak with Slayers team members over the dispute.

Contractual issues within Slayers had star player MMA call the player contracts a "slave contract". Vastly different than contracts of KeSPA teams or Western professional teams, players signed to Slayers reportedly had no salary and less opportunity than other teams.

Jessica lays out that current Axiom player Crank told her he was leaving the team due to neck pain, and claims he is only going to play StarCraft II until the end of the year. She says she has a taped phone conversation "in case he denies it". Jessica also alleges that Crank is one of the leading reasons MMA has had these feelings regarding the team.

Team Axiom owner Genna Bain says she has heard nothing from Slayers management.

"Neither Axiom, nor CranK have received any correspondence from Slayers, legal or otherwise", she told GameSpot. "CranK was released from his contract due to medical reasons earlier this year. Since joining Axiom, CranK attends regular physiotherapy appointments and trains in a less stressful environment."

GameSpot has reached out for comment from Coach Won, and will continue to update this story. Details on other the future of other players will be announced soon on GameSpot.

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madsnakehhh
madsnakehhh

This is so sad, SlayerS was the team SC2 needed, a legend, a superstar, a bunch of good players, the idea of a family instead of a professional team, too bad it had to end like this, if i had to blame anyone i wouldn't say it was Jessica's fault, at least not entirely, in the end i think it was MMA (kid has too much ego), KeSPA (you are not with us, you are against us) and Jessica's lack of experience for managment, not to mention Boxer couldn't take sides between his wife and his team. I hope this was a leasson learned for all parties and i hope the scene doesn't fall because of this.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

I love that the comments are filled with people saying "who cares" if you didn't care, why are you giving the article the additional numbers? surely you would be better just ignoring it and leaving it to the people who do care...

 

Personally I'm interested to read about how someone can be classed as "pro" when acting so obviously childish. And why the hell do they have a coach?

TimeFrame
TimeFrame

Wauv, what is up with all the crazy news lately from the SC2 scene.. I can't believe MMA and Boxer had a falling out and everything is falling to pieces. o.0 

 

And Jessica is going to try and make life miserable for Crank? Wow! 

The_Gump
The_Gump

I think it's safe to assume that most people who visit this site don't give a rat's ass about a bunch of snot-nosed 'e-sport' players. 

 

This isn't news.  Stop posting this garbage.

MachShot
MachShot

When (American) football first became professional, it was met with resistance too. The idea of getting paid to play a sport, recruiting the best players for a price, when you can just play it for free and for fun, was an alien concept at the time.

 

http://www.profootballhof.com/history/general/birth.aspx

 

 

Not to say that competitive video gaming is on the same level as athletic sports or will get as popular as NFL. That would be absurd. But you get the point. At this time, people are like "Getting paid $100,000 to play a video game and 20,000 people show up live to watch a game they could be playing in their basement? Whack."

 

That's exactly what people said about football when people were initially being paid to play and others were like "I can play football tonight after I get off my shift at the factory. And there's people that are showing up to watch Club.A vs Club.B play a sport when they could be playing themselves? Whack."

jurk182
jurk182

seriously you guys need to screen what news you put up. nobody gives a shit about this. literally nobody.

EPaul
EPaul

Esports!!!!!!!!!!!!

irwin88
irwin88

They look the same to me

Simplythebest12
Simplythebest12

A Korean female called Jessica and a Korean male called Boxer ?? LOL why do they use English kind of names ??

sashimiboy1969
sashimiboy1969

Boy the Koreans are still at it.  What is it with Koreans and Starcraft?!

white_wind
white_wind

too tierd to read this, but will judge nevertheless and say this is stupid.

tilroy
tilroy

 @jurk182 The thousands of people who watch SC2 tournament streams do. Just because you have a stick up your ass because you can't comprehend someone applying the same sort of effort and attention towards a deep multiplayer video game as people do for Chess and sports doesn't mean everyone else is a close-minded moron.

tilroy
tilroy

 @Romangelo People who play interesting, challenging multiplayer games with each other and prefer enjoying mastery and competition to single player content or just screwing around. Thousands of people watch Starcraft 2 tournament streams just like you've probably gone to a sports game or been interested in chess.

FragRaptor
FragRaptor

 @Simplythebest12 Lim yo hwan = boxer.... It is the same at calling that one wrestler the miz.... or big show... And jessica is a name >.>

tilroy
tilroy

 @sashimiboy1969 "Boy the americans are still at it. What is it with americans and sports?""Boy the europeans are still at it. What is it with europeans and chess?"

eriktkire
eriktkire

 @sashimiboy1969 it's training for the inevitable war between North and South Koreas.

 

They go through all the strategies to evaluate how to hold back the N Korean zerg rush and whether or not they should ever rely on the UN/American marine element as an ally, or as a potential opposing 'world peace keeper' force.

 

The vulnerabilities of Blizzard system hacks also adds to their national defence plan in case they have to fend off a cyber attack from Chinese WoW/Diablo gold farmers.

 

We in the west understand so little about the struggles of these valiant Korean warriors.

The_Gump
The_Gump

 @SteamyPotatoes Right :-)

 

And just look at the comments from everyone else.  NO ONE except a small handful of you nerd ragers give a good goddamn about this shit that passes as 'news'. 

Saketume
Saketume

 @eriktkire  @sashimiboy1969 

Meanwhile the North Koreans are sitting there deffing with a depleted vespene gas deposit.

 

Is anyone keeping count on how many koreans died while playing games so far anyway?

 

'cause I'm always like "You died because you played games for 24h straight?? How is that even possible?  Weakling!"

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

 @The_Gump Saying "No One" & "Handful" doesn't make it true :P , who's raging ?  ... its all good  =) 

tilroy
tilroy

 @jurk182 If your sarcastic use of phrases that sound funny is more stimulating for you than actually considering that some people do different things with their time and energy than what you are familiar with, then carry on.

tilroy
tilroy

 @FragRaptor  @Romangelo Oh yeah, so do I, there's also plenty of people who just watch game genres they've never played, i was just answering a person's silly question with a partial response.

sashimiboy1969
sashimiboy1969

 @tilroy And just because someone denies they have an anal personality doesn't make them less so.  =P

sashimiboy1969
sashimiboy1969

 @tilroy And using the same logic you employ, seemingly boring jokes are actually funny to non-anal personality groups of people. =P

tilroy
tilroy

 @sashimiboy1969 Boring jokes are easily confused for actual ignorance, especially on the internet. Anyway, the point is that South Korea's love of Starcraft 2 is not different from how other groups accept other competitive things.

sashimiboy1969
sashimiboy1969

 @tilroy Yeah.  I'm pretty dense when it comes to stereotyping -or humorless people.  Poor me!

sashimiboy1969
sashimiboy1969

 @Saketume  @eriktkire 

 

I read somewhere they have psychiatric wards dedicated to video game addicts.  They don't have drug addicts there-they got video game addicts instead and they overdose a lot.  "Walk to the light....!"