DPS Legend Saebyeolbe Retires from Competitive Overwatch

by in Overwatch | Oct, 11th 2021

Jong-ryeol “Saebyeolbe” Park, one of the best DPS players of all time and former NYXL standout, has decided to retire from competitive Overwatch. A truly crushing bit of news — Saebyeolbe has given us a dozen of mind-blowing (one might even say historic) Overwatch moments throughout his career and is loved and respected by both his peers and adversaires alike. His infectious smile and incredible energy were always a delight to witness and his Tracer play? Out of this world. His absence will definitely be felt, and the Esports Talk team wishes him nothing but the best in his future endeavours, wherever they may lead him.

A Changing of the Guard

“Hello, this is Saebyeolbe. I have decided to retire as an Overwatch player. There are so many things that I want to say, but, for now, my story as Saebyeolbe ends here. Thank you to all the fans for writing down the story with me. It was a great honor to be part of NYXL and Seoul Dynasty. Although I didn’t play this season, I tried my best to contribute to the team as a coach and as a staff member. I’m thinking about writing a different story now. I’m not sure what the story will be about, but I will try to share the story with everyone. Bye, bye~ Thank you, Overwatch. Thank you, Tracer” said Saebyeolbe through his official Twitter page. 

With so many veteran players either retiring or making the switch to VALORANT, we’re starting to witness a new kind of status quo, one that is void of the many beloved faces we’ve all become so accustomed to watching. There are some new kids on the block and they’re taking no prisoners in their rise to the throne. Certain veterans have persevered over the years (like Eui-Seok “Fearless” Lee, for example), but more and more legends have started fading away into obscurity. 

But, as the old cliche goes: change is inevitable, and at least these new rookies and up-and-comers are more than willing to step up and deliver on the biggest of stages. In any case, they’ve made this whole “transition” of sorts a lot more palatable, and have already won us over with their immaculate play and fearless attitude.  


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