The Seoul Dynasty have announced that they have parted ways with DPS player Sang-beom “Munchkin” Byeon. Having recently placed Byeon on their inactive roster, the team mutually agreed to terminate his contract to allow him to seek new opportunities. According to a tweet from Byeon, he said that he had agreed to part ways with the team due to personal reasons.
Team and I mutually agreed to part our ways due to my personal reasons. (It's not because of my wrist.)
I'll be working hard to join a different team for the next season.
Thank you Seoul fans for supporting me.
I'll be streaming later to say hello.
Again, thank you everyone!
— Munchkin (@MunchkinOW) July 25, 2019
Byeon Before the Overwatch League
Byeon is what most would consider to be an Overwatch veteran. He started out back in 2016 on a team called Rhinos Gaming Titan. Byeoncompeted with the team in tournaments such as APEX Season 1, APEX Season 2: Super Week and APEX Challengers Season 3. After an unsuccessful run with the team, he spent a short time with Lunatic-Hai, but left after only three days. Byeon was then signed to Laser Kittenz, a European Contenders team. The team made it all the way to the semi-finals of the 2017 Contenders Season Zero, falling short to EUnited. After a few months without a team, Byeon returned to his Lunatic-Hai teammates to join the Seoul Dynasty.
Time on Seoul Dynasty
The Dynasty was a hot contender going into the inaugural season of the Overwatch League. They had just won two seasons of APEX back to back, and made it to the playoffs of APEX Season 4, many people had this team down as the ones to beat. However, each time they looked to be in contention for a stage playoff, they fell just short and missed out.
The situation progressively got worse, and the Dynasty missed out on the season playoffs altogether. The team used the off-season wisely, acquiring new players and releasing others to seek new opportunities, but Munchkin stayed with Seoul. However, Munchkin was unable to practice as much as he’d liked to. The Dynasty recently placed Byeon on the inactive roster. Byeon mentioned in late 2017 that he was suffering with tenosynovitis, an inflammation of the fluid-filled sheath surrounding a tendon. Tenosynovitis typically leads to joint pain, swelling and stiffness, which makes it hard for the person to move or use their hand. If left untreated, the condition can worsen significantly.
Byeon is a talented DPS player, and many fans hope to see him playing again in the professional scene soon.