A huge part of Team Liquid's success over the last two years has been the coaching of Seung Gon "Heen" Lee. However, late yesterday evening EsportsHeaven reported that Heen had stepped down from his position as coach for the team after TI8.
Heen joined the team back in 2016 and just a year later he was a big part of why Team Liquid won The International 2017. The year following that event has been one of ups and downs for Heen and his team. After a strong start to the season, the team started falling in the rankings before taking home the last DPC event of the season, the Supermajor, and finishing 4th at TI8.
Looking back at his time with Liquid, Heen is one of the most successful coaches Dota 2 has seen. He helped his team to three top 8 finishes at The International, one major win, and countless tournament wins during his three years with them.
While Team Liquid would have a few weeks to recruit a new coach — as they withdrew from the DreamLeague minor yesterday evening — EsportsHeaven also reports that they already have a replacement lineup up. However, all of this has not been officially confirmed by the team.
Update 12/10 13:45 CEST
After the publication of this article, Heen has posted a tweet where he explains that he is actually not going through the mandatory military service but rather a short "refresher course". This article originally stated that him entering the military was part of the reason he parted ways with Liquid. As this is not true, the article has been updated to reflect the circumstances correctly.
I already served 2 years in the Korean military long ago.The only thing that's left is the occasional reserve army training a few days of the year.I went yesterday for simple shooting practice, practice grenades, and mostly... wasting time.— Heen (@Heen1337) October 12, 2018