ROX Tigers Say Goodbye as Roster Disbands
As their contracts officially draw to a close, ROX Tigers’ Lee “KurO” Seo-haeng, Kang “GorillA” Beom-hyeon, Kim “PraY” Jong-in, and Song “Smeb” Kyung-ho have posted their official goodbyes to the team via Facebook and Twitter.
“Theres’s so much I want to write, but I’m not too good with my writing skills, so I don’t think I’ll be able to say what I want,” wrote PraY, “We went through a lot during two years, and to my teammates who worked tirelessly through it, thank you so much. For the fans that cheered us on through thick and thin, I want to say thanks. I’m not too sure what will happen later, but please keep cheering for me. Thank you.”
ROX Tigers announced on their Facebook page that they made the decision to waive a clause in the players’ contracts that prohibited them from receiving offers from other organizations until November 30th, which is coincidentally the date that majority of South Koreans’ player contracts expire on, including mid laner Hae “Cry” Sung-min’s and jungler Han “Peanut” Wang-ho’s.
“I want to thank my teammates, coaches, and managers. I think I’m here and work hard because of you fans. I’m not too sure where I’ll be headed next but I will continue to be a pro and I hope you keep cheering me on. Haha I love you all.”
ESPN’s Jacob Wolf released a report in October that claimed that the team would dissolve when their contracts expired this month, citing unnamed sources. The report claimed that the team would be parting ways with ROX Tigers due to financial difficulties, difficulties that prompted the team to consider leaving as far back as 2015.
ROX Tigers vehemently denied these claims, however, saying that Wolf’s report was, “Absolutely false,” and that their lack of a sponsor did not seriously impact the organization since they were picked up under private ownership when KooTV dropped them. ROX also said that they were, “Disappointed that ESPN chose to go ahead and publish the piece when it establishes nothing newsworthy and is purely speculative,” and that everyone on both the team and coaching staff was surprised to see his report.
However, despite releasing such a passionate knee-jerk of a response to denounce the legitimacy of Wolf’s report, it’s obvious now that Wolf’s unnamed sources were genuine. As four of their six members of the active roster have said their goodbyes to their organization, ROX Tigers jungler Han “Peanut” Wang-ho has also revealed that he is currently fielding offers from other teams.
“Right now I want to continue to be with my team, but realistically the situation isn’t working out as expected, so I’ve gotten permission to receive offers from other teams,” said Peanut via Facebook. He continued to write that he isn’t confirming that he will be taking his leave from ROX Tigers, as he is still unsure of what his future holds, but said that he will continue to work hard to prove himself on the stage as a pro gamer.
Cry is currently the only player who has not commented on the disbanding of ROX Tigers and, at present, none of the players have said what they plan to do about their future in League.
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