The South Korean esport organization, Damwon Gaming have announced the signing of Kim “DoYa” Do-Kyung and Kim “Mickey” Da-Hyeon to their PUBG roster.
DoYa will partly fill the void left by Yoo “Nelita” Tae-won and Cho “Clear” Dae-Hyun, the players who left the team back in January of this year. Mickey will be coming on board as the new head coach.
Damwon Gaming’s initial expansion into the Playerunknown: Battlegrounds
Damwon Gaming made their first steps into the burgeoning Korean PUBG scene back in August of 2019. At the time, the organization signed the former roster of Cesti esports and added a fourth player, Choi “YunJong” Yun-Jong to the team.
However, the PUBG corporation forced Cesti to disband after numerous regulation violations, which caused the team to lose its slot in the PUBG Korea League.
Later, on the 28th of January, Yoo “Nelita” Tae-Won and Cho “Clear” Dae-Hyun, two of the former Cesti players left the Damwon Gaming organization.
The search for new talent
On the 17th of March, the Twitter account of Damwon Gaming posted the organization was looking to add new talent to its roster. The team is open to both established talent and new trainees at this time. The applications are currently only open to residents of South Korea.
[DAMWON Gaming PUBG Team 공개모집]— DWG_PUBG (@DwgPubg) March 17, 2020
안녕하세요. DAMWON Gaming PUBG Team 주전 및 후보 선수를 공개 모집 합니다. 관심 있으신 분들의 많은 지원 바랍니다!
※ 1차 합격자에 한해 개별 연락 예정이며, 이후 입단 테스트를 진행할 예정입니다.
The culture of trainees is an essential aspect of the esports scene of South Korea, more than anywhere else in the world. By recruiting talent, Damwon Gaming shows its commitment to the ever-growing PUBG scene in South Korea.
For example, in Damwon Gaming trained several of the current best players the League of Legends scene. Among them is top laner Jang “Nuguri” Ha-Gwon and mid-laner Heo “Showmaker” Su who many consider among the best in the world in their respective roles.
The new members of Damwon Gaming
(Credit: Damwong Gaming)
The new talent of Damwon Gaming is among the most respected players in the Korean PUBG scene. Mickey, Damwon Gaming’s new coach, for example, started competing back in January of 2019, at the very start of the PUBG Korea League turning out for OGN Entus Ace.
DoYa started his career as a trainee for the OGN Entus Ace organization, which is where he and Mickey first met.
DoYa would later move to OGN Entus Force and won the third season of the 2019 PUBG Korea League.
Besides that victory, he led the OGN Entus Force team to a 4th place finish in the PUBG Global Championship of 2019 where the team won a total of $200,000.
Damwon Gaming is making the investment during an interesting time for the PUBG esports scene. Last month, the first PUBG Global Series(PGS) tournament qualifiers started, in which the previous iteration of the team ended in 8th in the Korean Qualifiers. Since, the PGS: Berlin event was indefinitely postponed.
At this time there is no information available surrounding what event Damwon Gaming is debuting their new roster at. However, it might be a while as COVID-19 has put a stop to the majority of esports events at this time.
As of now, the roster of Damwon Gaming looks as follows:
- Gong “MYway” Hyun-Soo
- Choi “YunJong” Yun-Jong
- Lee “Cristis” Joon-Su
- Oh “Style” Gyeong-Cheol
- Kim “DoYa” Do-Kyung
- And Coach Kim “Mickey” Da-Hyeon