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According to fpskorea.com, redCode captain and longtime Korean icon Keun-Chul "solo" Kang has been called to serve his military duty, forcing him to abandon his team.
It has been extremely quiet from the South Korean team, who prior to the IEM5 World Championship linked up with redCode. In Hannover the team crashed in the group stage, only managing to win against Lions, followed by four losses.
Today a report by the South Korean eSport portal fpskorea states that the redCode captain Keun-Chul "solo" Kang has been called to serve his military duty. It is a 2-year minimum, which mandatory in the country, and his duty would be starting from today, April 5.
By the looks of it, the move has been underway for some time, as Kang has hardly played the game since the IEM5 WC, having not used his Steam account for the past 25 days.
Kang's friend and long-time teammate Sun Ho "termi" Pyun back in January announced his retirement, as he was going to serve his military duty. Not being contracted to any organization, he was no longer able to postpone it.
Kang is another victim – if you please – of the South Korean law, which has very specific and strict regulations regarding military duty. Representing WeMade FOX, Kang in 2010 won his first major event, when triumphing at World e-Sports Masters, coming from the lower-bracket to defeat SK Gaming 2-0.
With Kang joining the army, left in the team are:
Young-Mo "enemy" Ahn
Min Soo "glow" Kim
Sung Jae "bail" Lee
Bum Gi "peri" Jung
Interestingly enough, fpskorea refers to the team as project_kr, could this indicate that the bond between the South Korean team and the Spanish organization has been cut? Stay tuned to find out and we will also update you when there is news regarding Kang's replacement.
Btw, solo ranks 9th in Durden's TOP 10 Clutch players of 1.6 era :)
Good luck in all future endeavors, solo. U'll be missed.
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Post edited 2011-04-05 17:08:57
I think u just TOP rara for first, here my list...
3.annoying brazilian fanboy
tyler is so amazing, he made my list twice :)
You're in the army...
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Post edited 2011-04-05 15:30:36
Same here in estonia fing army duty. If we wouldn't live beside russia I think we already had army pay :(
U r free to do watever u want
Anyway good luck to solo, definently a legend, but i didnt see him a lot in action, anyway gl
Post edited 2011-04-06 03:07:33
anyway progamers can postpone duty while having contracts with organisation
sry about my english :X
Post edited 2011-04-05 17:04:50
At least no army-men will die.
Post edited 2011-04-05 15:38:38
p.s. i have been in the army.
/e: not even mentioning that the southkorean army, i am pretty sure, is one of the toughest to serve in anyway.
Post edited 2011-04-05 16:25:22
Hope rC finds a gr8 igl & sniper otherwise we won't see them compet again :(
Post edited 2011-04-05 15:43:55
thats too long
Post edited 2011-04-05 16:34:47
programmes like this should be neccessary to train the youth to be disciplined... not because they will be ready for war... i doubt solo is an athlete... physical training in army would really raise fitness levels of fat kids who sit all the time in front of tv or pc...
Who is to say its their decision to force people into MS? People SHOULD have the right to do whatever they like, not being forced. Its ridiculous.
P.S. If you think that out of China, Russia, or USA one is stronger than the other, you might want to get a clue. If worst comes to worst everyone nukes each other.
Nukes has nothing to do with this discussion.
But for example its not that uncommon (What I've heard happens almost weekly) is that russians migs / hornets whatever they use, fly in finnish region, which after there's put a finnish hornet to follow it untill it goes back to russian area. That kind of stuff russians do althetime, dont know if they just want to annoy or are they inquiring the finnish defence forces or whatever. And want to add that russians do not give any explain for those actions.
And really, Iam not excepting third world war nor do I like the mandatory military service (which yes, I have gone through) but thats what I've heard :).
Google dosent lie.
The War, is not a good thing. Think about it. Maybe you can say that a military career could be good for some reasons, but thinking more globally (like a country scale), war carryies only benefits to companys interested with that (always talking abaout economic benefits), but the countries involved in the conflict... is a lot different the story...
try to break your leg cause you don't need to play cs ! lol
hf in army...
south: solo, soldier1, soldier2, soldier3, soldier4
north: kim jong il, soldier1, soldier2, soldier3, soldier4
south 16:0 north
I dont think he will come back to CS after his time at the army..
Post edited 2011-04-05 16:36:27
ari is the only player that can replace solo.
Post edited 2011-04-05 16:37:26
Best asian cs player ever and a true legend
Best wishes in all ur future endeavors. U'll be missed.
Oh btw, he ranked 9th in "Durden's Top 10 Clutch players of 1.6 era".
Last time when it was (WMF) we lost termi, and now Solo :(
The Art of War
About Army service. Its impossible to avoid army service.They only way to delay it is to study and SHOW them the pappers of your Ph.D or something that proves the years of postponement.If you leave abroad you become army deserter and go to jail. thats the system here and I guess its similar with other countries.
as for solo....2 years it long time :( .As we say here to the newbie soldiers ,he will have his pussy thickened :P
Post edited 2011-04-05 19:07:37
I will be amazed if ryu makes a return to 1.6 to replace solo, but thats gonna be too random.
As far as I know the only cs player that is still active in korean cs scene is mal or they could get another player from another team.
Post edited 2011-04-05 19:14:10
South Korea 16 - 02 North Korea
bail as Coach lol.
fuck it the line up looked perfect now, enemy just needed to find his old shape back and they would have had the strongest South Korean line up ever
gl solo irl... since I have no idea what cs is gonna be like in 2 years
If only MYM had picked them up and given them legit contracts then he wouldn't have to join the SK Army till he was like 25 when most SK Programers retire.
Lunatic-hai 2005 main AWPER
Peri (The New Blood)
Mal is nice order Lunatic-hai by 2005
but he is retirement cs.
+cliper he is soon mlitery come back !!
They ruin these progamers careers.
#332 I haven't been in the army myself but i can imagine the only thing that's fun about it is shooting weapons.
im sure there are unknown talents in SKorea that they can give a chance to shine. They just need to find one.
Post edited 2011-04-06 12:51:16
1st of all there is a lot of inlesses with which u will not able to go to army. different head injures and other stuff, there is a huge choise which one u gonna simulate.
2nd u can just give some money to a doctor and he will do the job with ill.
3rd u can buy "army ticket" - is a document here in Russia.
So i really can't understand why solo, wis his extra ordinary skills didnt find any way's to fuck those dumb assz from SKorea army. cheerz
But The war and army is not a game. I will never join army! And never kill somebody. Maybe the recruiting officer. If he wanna put me to army! :-D