Top StarCraft II players on the move

GSL and MLG Champion Mun "MMA" Seong Won is negotiating between teams Evil Geniuses and Axiom Gaming; others seeking new contracts.

Following today's announcement that the Korean StarCraft II team Slayers will be disbanding early next month, after their final GSTL game, GameSpot has learned that player contracts will end on November 6 and that many players will be on the move.

A team executive close to the situation told GameSpot that former GSL and MLG Champion Mun "MMA" Seong Won is negotiating between teams Evil Geniuses and Axiom Gaming.

Jessica and Boxer, co-owners of Slayers.

The source also said that Slayers Terran teammate Kim "Ryung" Dong Won will sign to Axiom Gaming, joining Choi "CranK" Jae Won as the second Korean player on the newly formed team by Genna Bain and John "Totalbiscuit" Bain.

"While Ryung and MMA are both still under contract, Slayers did give their departing players 30 days, prior to the end of their agreement, to seek out new opportunities," Axiom Gaming owner Genna Bain told GameSpot, regarding the potential signing.

"I have no doubts that these players have been speaking to several teams already. MMA and Ryung are great friends with CranK, but Axiom will be a small and selective team."

GameSpot approached Evil Geniuses, but the team declined to comment.

One year ago today, Evil Geniuses formed a partnership with Slayers as a Korean training facility. In May, it was announced that they would play the 2012 GSTL Season 2 together, getting to the finals, before losing to FXOpen eSports. On September 1, it was announced that the partnership would be coming to a close, with Evil Geniuses owner Alex Garfield stating, "Now is the right time for us to head our separate ways."

It is said that MMA developed a strong connection to the Evil Geniuses over the course of the partnership, with both management and players, and is his optimal choice for where to go next.

MLG Spring Championship and NASL Season 3 Runner-Up, Yang "Alicia" Joon Sik is also looking for a foreign team as his new suitor. Reports have him already in discussions with several teams, including Complexity, but that nothing has started.

"We've spoken with him, but there are no formal offers on the table," Complexity co-owner Jason Lake told GameSpot.

Other players are currently on the hunt for new teams, while Kim "Puzzle" Sang Jun, Choi "CoCa" Jong Hwan, and Hwang "Min" Doh Hyung are said to have switched games to League of Legends.

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19 comments
HiVBedbuG
HiVBedbuG

Awesome job gamespot this is the kind of first class reporting I've been hoping for. I'm really interested in the players moving to LoL I love both games and an interview with them about their reasons for switching and their current position within the scene would be amazing!

HiVBedbuG
HiVBedbuG

Awesome job gamespot this is the kind of first class reporting I've been hoping for. I'm really interested in the players moving to LoL I love both games and an interview with them about their reasons forr switching and their current position within the scene would be amazing!

cdebergh
cdebergh

Thank you Rod for all the great work you do to bring us news and insights into the scene! I wish you got the support here that you deserve. It's sad to read some of these comments of people belittling your excellent work and e-sports.

 

It's funny how they're all gamers who's love for gaming was also belittled by others yet they do the same to fellow gamers. I hope they're immaturity is overlooked and you continue producing truly invaluable content that literally draws in thousands of us to read every day.

odino
odino

Gamespot, this is NOT news. Nobody cares about some Korean gamer moving between teams. It's not game news, it's not even news. Nobody cares. I only signed in to write this and these stupid "news" are cluttering up the latest "news" section.

Nobody cares about starcraft teams disbanding, starcraft gamers moving within teams, starcraft gamers doing this and that.

Rod, got anything else to report?

BryanParksSuper
BryanParksSuper

OMFG who the hell cares. MLG is stupid and so are the people who are paid to play these dumb games. StarCraft is so stupid too. I have a life and a wife and kids to support. I make $500,000 a year. It's more than these so called MLG players make.

eyesandsmiles
eyesandsmiles

stephano is the great (non-korean) hope! let's see him pull it off. i don't care if he dates 15 year olds. he is 19. 

teer101
teer101

EG.MMA.RC  Dirty cash..  Get some. 

SolidTy
SolidTy

I hope they have a good time figuring this team stuff out.

marcus219
marcus219

Thanks Rod and gamespot for this news :o :)

cirugo
cirugo

 @cdebergh

 oh please...the only times these dumb articles even get more than 3 or 4 comments is when someone stops in to point out how ridiculous it is.

Spudinator1122
Spudinator1122

 @odino I know, right?  The largest professional gaming scene in the world has nothing to do with gaming or anything related to it being news at all...

 

 

Are you seriously that retarded?  I had to make an account just to respond to how retarded you actually must be.

greg0455
greg0455

 @odino it's interesting if you follow the Starcraft 2 esports scene. If you aren't interested then don't read. Control what you can control and stop worrying about what you can't.

cdebergh
cdebergh

@cirugo @cdebergh There is actually a very large fanbase for the players in this scene. With a very demanding mental game requiring precise unit control, it is exciting to watch these professionals play on a level far above the rest of us. The subject of this article is about one of the most prominent teams of the scene. Fans such as myself are sad to see them go, but we appreciate the insight Rod's articles provide so we can know what happened. I don't understand why commenters here must belittle this. I signed up so I could comment and thank Rod and gamespot. With all these negative comments, I don't want them to think this is not greatly appreciated by thousands and then stop producing this content. So please stop and think before making rude comments as you may take away something from your fellow gamers.