Boxer announced at the MSL group draws that he had recieved his draft letter from the government, and would be entering the air force by the end of the year. This makes the MSL the final major tournament for Boxer. Although he may return after his two years of service, a realistic perspective is needed. I don't doubt he will return, but I do doubt it will be as a player.
Boxer is not only the best gamer, he is one of the oldest. He has played professionally since 1.07, and has managed to stay competitive by constantly changing his style. His influence is so great that when Boxer changes his own style, the entire game is changed. He is the all-time leader in games played and wins. He is a two time OSL champion, MSL champion, two time WCG champion, and leader of the SK Telecom team. His eye for talent is unparalleled, as he drew Iloveoov from the amateur ranks. His Team has been untouchable in ProLeague play under his guidance.
Boxer and his team at their headquarters.
Boxer is not just a gamer, he is the premier figure in this sport. He has pioneered not only the game, but the industry as well. He was the first to attract the giant contracts, and the corporate sponsors. He has played StarCraft with blind boys and Prime Ministers. He has entered the mainstream of Korean culture and brought StarCraft along for the ride. Always the consumate professional, I can think of no better ambassador for the e-sports industry.
Boxer's only equal.
For years I have always anticipated his games, staying up all night for the chance to watch him play live. I have marvelled at his ingenuity and suffered in his defeats. I wish him nothing but the best in the sevice of his country and hope to see him back in the future.
Boxer will always be number one.
All Hail the Emperor.