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.
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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.
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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