The Overwatch announcement came during Jung Sorim's interview with Ryujehong when Hur sent a personalized message to Ryu via Twitter and expressed all the appreciation and gratitude he has for the member and leader of the Seoul Dynasty team.
“For us, you are one of the founding members of Dynasty,” said Hur. “For you, because of the importance of what you’ve done and what you’ve contributed to our organization, I just wanted to let you know that no other person in the history of Seoul Dynasty will ever wear your jersey number again.”
Hur also assured Ryujehong that an official ceremony would be taking place whenever Ryujehong does decide to retire to which Hur added is “hopefully not for a very very long time.”
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Ryujehong has been with the Seoul Dynasty since the team’s first Overwatch League season which saw him quickly become a two-time Overwatch World Cup champion, as well as a key element of Team South Korea’s victories in 2016 and 2017, solidifying his career in esports. During his 2018 season, Ryujehong has been a deadly support player with an average of 11.24 eliminations every 10 minutes.
Ryujehong is set to part ways with Seoul Dynasty at the conclusion of the 2019 season, according to the Overwatch League’s official website. It’s unsure of Dynasty will make any moves to retain Ryujehong following the end of his contract, which would explain the abrupt announcement from Hur during their interview.
Regardless of whoever Dynasty finds to fill the shoes that Ryujehong is leaving behind, none of them will be doing so with the number 14 on their jersey.