Daniel "KoreanDJ" Jung has left Team Liquid and retired from professional Super Smash Bros. Melee due to injuries, the organization announced Monday.
"We bid farewell to a great friend and one of the most admired stories in Smash history, and he leaves behind a legacy that can be rivaled by so very few," Victor "Nazgul" Goossens said in a press release. "We hope that he will approach his life after Smash with the same passion that he showed during our time together."
Team Liquid picked up KDJ in March 2014, right before he made his Melee comeback, with first and second place finishes at multiple smaller tournaments, and 17th at CEO 2014. KDJ was forced to miss most of 2015's big tournaments due to his hand injuries. While he was out of comission, KDJ made another name for himself by analyzing hand injuries within pro Smash, and collecting info on injuries from within the community.
In the early days of Melee, KDJ's Marth was up with Ken "Ken" Hoang's as one of the best in the scene, with Top 8 finishes at MLG Dallas, Anaheim, Chicago, Orlando and Las Vegas in 2006. At Orlando specifically, KDJ made a name for himself by busting into winner's finals with wins over Ken and Jason "Mew2King" Zimmerman.
"I am forever grateful for the love and support of my fans even when I was struggling with my injuries," KDJ wrote in a press release. "It truly meant a lot to me. Unfortunately, it is time for me to put an end to my Smash career as the progression of my injuries renders me unable to participate in tournaments. For me, leaving the team is the only way I can find closure in this up-hill battle."
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