South Korean Dota 2 professional gamer Lee “Forev” Sang-don announced that he will be taking a break from competitive play, in the midst of the very first season of the 2021 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC). due to “individual concerns”.

In a post on his Twitter account on Wednesday (3 February), Forev stated he would be concentrating on himself in addition to his business, a studio where he works as a media producer, which has been hit hard by the aggravating coronavirus pandemic in South Korea.

” I’m still gon na focus on playing Dota 2 however not that much,” he said.

Prior to revealing his break, Forev was playing as the offlaner of Team HOYO in the lower department of the DPC’s Southeast Asian regional league.

Forev’s teammates in Team HOYO consist of previous T1 players, Galvin “Meracle” Kang Jian Wen and Tri “Jhocam” Kuncoro, in addition to former Motivate.Trust Video gaming gamers, Poomipat “Fearless” Trisiripanit and Anurat “boombell” Praianun.

Since the time of writing, HOYO is sitting at a 1-2 record in the league with four matches delegated play.

DPC guidelines mention that teams can just play with a stand-in for approximately 4 matches, the same variety of series that Group HOYO will now need to play following Forev’s break from competitive play.

With that stated, Forev included that if his team needs to him to return to play in the event of a tiebreaker, then “I will do my best to help them.”

“Thanks to my colleagues for understanding me leaving from the team. I’ll be back stronger,” said Forev.

Forev is one of the most respected players to have originated from South Korea. He was significantly a member of the MVP Phoenix squad that ended up in the Top 6 of The International 2016, the furthest any South Korean team had the ability to reach in the remarkable tournament.

Following his time in MVP Phoenix, Forev bounced between Europe, North America, and Southeast Asia, having actually played for the similarity Team Trick, Digital Turmoil, Immortals, and J.Storm, amongst others.

In August 2019, Forev was announced as the establishing member of the Dota 2 team of T1, the most high-profile esports organisation in South Korea.

He then parted ways with the organisation last July before forming Team HOYO for the return of the DPC at the start of the year.

Since the time of writing, Team HOYO has not yet announced who will be standing-in for Forev for the remainder of their matches in the DPC.