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NaDa, among the greatest and most well known Brood War players, has officially retired according to an announcement made on compLexity’s team-page. The news was officially posted on June 19th.
The following is a statement made by NaDa to all of his fans:
“I wanted to apologize to my overseas fans, compLexity teammates, and everyone else involved that I had to retire early. I was not able to make it to an event due to military service issues, and my biggest regret is that I was not able to see you all one last time before leaving. Thank you for always taking care of and treating the players so well through online skype.
Due to my financial difficulty, current poor state of health, pending military issues, as well as some family issues, it is difficult for me to continue on. However, I feel the need to continue running towards my dream. One of my greatest qualities, in fact, is having big dreams.
I also hope that you will continue to cheer on my fellow Korean players in compLexity, because they are my kind-hearted, hard-working and lovable younger siblings. I also truly regret not having interacted more with the other players from overseas.
One thing I really noticed at compLexity was not only the importance of good scores, but the true family-like atmosphere which I loved. Thank you for taking good care of me, Jason Lake and Scott Ford!
I have one last thing I would like to say to my foreigner fans. It is a joyous thing that I am leaving. Why, you ask? Leaving is not a sad thing after all – because it’s just the start to a new beginning.
Thank you! Good bye .. I LOVE YOU MY FANS”
-Lee Yun “NaDa” Yeol
NaDa was one of the most successful BW players of all time. He won three consecutive KPGA tours in 2002, and is one of only four players (also the first!) to receive the Golden Mouse (awarded to players who have won three OSL championships.)
It’s a sobering moment for followers of the scene.
All things that ascend to the Heavens must eventually find their resting place back on Earth.
You’ll be missed NaDa!