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SeleCT switches to Dota 2

By Samuel 'DarthBotto' Horton
Oct 25, 2012 03:38

ImageKyeong Hyun 'SeleCT' Ryoo, one of the most popular figures in the StarCraft II scene, will be ending his involvement with the game, while looking to join the professional Dota 2 circuit.

In an unforeseen move, the highly popular StarCraft II player and community figure, KR Kyeong Hyun 'SeleCT' Ryoo will be closing the book on his legacy in the scene. However, his involvement with the professional gaming scene is far from over, as his sights are now set on making a splash in the Dota 2 scene. This move originated from sentiment, as prior to pursuing his StarCraft II career, SeleCT played the original DotA during his teen years and was fairly successful in the North American scene. With his recent lack of success, SeleCT has entertained the notion that he is growing too old for the real-time strategy scene and that the Dota 2 scene may bring forth a new source of inspiration for him. With this transition, SeleCT's representation of UK Team Dignitas ends, making him a new, free agent in the Dota 2 scene.

SeleCT began his professional gaming career with Warcraft III and to a more significant extent, with Dawn of War, where he became the World Cyber Games champion. After completing high school in the United States, he began playing StarCraft II and quickly made a name for himself by becoming the first multiple-event winner of the Team Liquid Open events. He became the highest-ranked Terran player in the MLG Pro Circuit and was selected as one of the North American representatives at the first StarCraft II world championship at BlizzCon 2010. After some less than stellar results in early 2011, he regained his repertoire by earning yet another invitation to BlizzCon that year. His notoriety soon lost its traction, however, as he entered a slump in 2012, with him winning no events.

Statement from Kyeong Hyun 'SeleCT' Ryoo:
"I finished high school in the USA and I was waiting for my green card to go to college. However, I heard SC2 open beta was out and I tried it. When I first played SC2, I was so captured by the game. The game was so smooth and fast as an RTS game. The more I played, the more I fell into the game. It was something different than other RTS games. That’s how I started SC2 competitively.

I have won quite a lot of online tournaments and got great result at offline tournaments. When all the people cheer for you and scream your name when you are at the stage, the feeling could not be explained by words. I gained big motivation from it and it was what made me keep trying hard.

Recently, I feel that I am too old to play RTS games anymore, as you get slower as you get older. Also, so many young people who are fast are trying harder than me and practicing very systematically in their team houses in Korea. I feel that it is very hard for me to catch up without living and practicing in Korea. So I have decided to quit SC2 and move on to something else.

I am only quitting SC2, which means I am not retiring as a gamer- I love my life being a pro-gamer. I am actually thinking about switching back to Dota. I actually played Dota competitively before I started SC2. Back in Dota 1, my team was one of the best NA teams at some point. I am not sure how successful I will be as a Dota player, but I believe in myself.

I would like to do some pundit work and translating at events. I don’t know how awkward it will be but *haha*… don’t be so surprised, *hehe*, because I am such a handsome nerd- that’s what you guys called me. Please keep the love on me! I will pay you back with good and fun stuff and please cheer me up in the Dota 2 scene as well.

Always, big thanks to Team Dignitas. Always big love to my fans who cheers for me."

Team Dignitas



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