Transfers and Shake-ups in Korean StarCraft Scene
There's no need for a premise, so we'll get right to it. Lee Jae Dong [Jaedong] left Hwaseung OZ and is now holding a status of Free Agent, seeking a spot on another team. If you're from Mars and happen to now know who Mr. Lee Jae Dong is, here's a quick reminder: He is simply the best StarCraft player today, rated by Kespa at #1 with highest rating score of all time.
The motive behind this stunning move is quite simple - parent care. In a recent interview Lee's mother disclosed, that she's unhappy with her son's team engagement, as Jaedong's work load is immensely high.
It's been said, however, that Lee Jae Dong himself wanted to stay with OZ, but, being a teenager he cannot sign a contract and/or be fiscally and legally responsible, therefore his parents are taking decisions for him, obviously in his best interest.
As you know Jaedong practically carried the OZ team into Pro League finals this year, where the famous Zerg lost in the ACE match and, therefore, the tournament to SKT T1. The pressure and stress of such work load obviously impacted the Zerg, as he found himself on a bit of a slump closer to the end of the season.
The financial argument also exists, as OZ offered the legendary Zerg a base salary of $112.500/year with possible bonuses adding up to extra $50.000. Player's family, however, requested a base salary of $145.000 and an advance on bonuses as well.
It's yet unknown, whether Jaedong received any offers from other teams, it's confirmed, however, that at any time he can resign with OZ on the terms of his previous deal.
FYI: Kespa rulebook has a say on this too. If a player doesn't have a team assignment, he can't participate in any tournaments, supervised by Kespa, team or personal. That basically would leave GOM the only option for the legendary Zerg.
Jaedong, however, doesn't have a mid-season transfer market highlight on himself alone.
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