Park “March” Tae-won and Kim “QO” Seon-yeob are confirmed to be staying in MVP.Phoenix through the first Major. The registration on the team’s official roster follows the announcement from Valve outlining the rules for roster locks for the first Major.
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Park “March” Tae-won had revealed in multiple interviews during TI5 that he had upcoming military service obligations and would be taking a step back from gaming after the event, however it seems he will continue to play for a bit longer.
DotaBlast spoke with the team’s manager Felix “JeeF” Jedelhauser who confirmed that QO will be staying with the team and March will be a member until he leaves for the army, which is not expected until after the first Major. He also stated that an official announcement regarding further details will be released in the upcoming week.
Both players had impressed fans and won the hearts of many during TI5. The team took a commendable seventh place at the most prestigious tournament of the year, bringing much attention to Dota 2 in the Korean region and scene.
Last week Wong “NutZ” Jeng Yih announced that he was leaving MVP.Phoenix and South Korea and returning to his home country, Singapore.
Kim “QO” Seon-yeob
QO started his competitive Dota 2 career as a part of FXOpen e-Sports, joining at the same time as Febby. After leaving the team, he went to 5inQ in late 2013, where he stayed for several months. He then moved over to MVP.Phoenix, in March 2014, and has been a part of the team ever since, even after the disappointing performances of TI4 and DAC.
Park “March” Tae-won
March started his professional career in Dota 2 as part of team FXOpen Esports, where he was teammates with both Febby and QO for some time. After leaving the team, he went to MVP.Phoenix in March 2013. He has been with the team the entire time ever since. Being from Singapore, he is one of the two players on MVP.Phoenix who are not Korean natives.
MVP.Phoenix and TI5
MVP.Phoenix had an impressive run at TI5 this year and were able to showcase some rising talent and skill that caught the community’s attention.
After sweeping Team Rave, 2:0, in the TI5 SEA qualifiers Lower Bracket finals, Phoenix moved on to the Grand Finals but were defeated by MVP.Hot6ix, thus securing the region’s TI5 Wild Card slot.
MVP.Phoenix, along with CDEC, prevailed in the TI5 Wild Card series, earning the two remaining spots in the main tournament. The Koreans bested Team Archon, 2:1, before being swept by CDEC in the Upper Bracket finals. They then defeated Vega Squadron, 2:1, in the Lower Bracket finals to secure their placement in the main event.
During the group stage of TI5, the team held their own in Group A and eventually placed fifth, thus being seeded in the Lower Brackets for the main event.
They defeated the defending champions, Newbee, in the brutal best-of-one elimination series on the first day of the main event, and then continued to impress fans by defeating Team Empire, 2:0, on the second day. They were eliminated by ViCi Gaming, 2:0, on the fourth day.
Read a full history of the Korean team: MVP.Phoenix, one of the two aces up Korea’s sleeve at TI5