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Nothing Can Last Forever: Forev and T1 Part Ways

South Korean professional Esports organisation, T1 announced on Twitter that they are parting ways with Lee “Forev” Sang-don after 11 months of working together.

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This is no surprise especially when the athlete has struggled to produce results through out the 2019-2020 Dota 2 season.

The 28-year-old was the first player the organisation signed in August 2019.

Who is Forev?

Forev started making waves in the Esports world when he was with the MVP Phoenix team in 2013.  The team did well enough to qualify for the The International 2014 where they came in 17th place.

Forev Career Timeline

In 2015, when the team (MVP Phoneix) failed to win the Dota 2 Asian Championships, he was then transferred to MVP HOT6ix.

He continued playing with MVP HOT6ix following T15 but the following December, he was transferred back to MVP Phoneix. His addition provided a big boost to the team. This time round the team placed fourth in the Shanghai Major and came in fifth at the Manila Major.

Forev and his team also successfully clinched first place in Dota Pit League Season 4 and WePlay Dota 2 League season 3. Their efforts finally paid off and they were soon invited to The International 2016, where the team placed fifth.

When he was at the peak of his career, Forev then decided to split off from MVP for the first time to join Team Secret. However, his time at the European powerhouse was short-lived as he returned back to his previous team, MVP Phoenix just a few months later.

But that was not the last of his move. When MVP Phoenix team came in last place in the Boston Major, they finally disbanded. This time round Forev was found with the Digital Chaos team. That season, Forev was seen competing on three different continents.

Luck was still not on the athlete side. Forev alongside his Digital Chaos team struggled to find a momentum but did well enough to clear the North American qualifiers for the International 2017. That year, the team came in ninth place.

Then, Forev returned back to South Korea to reunite with the 2-16 MVP Phoenix team for the Dota Pro Circuit event.  Even then, Forev and his teammates struggle to find a foothold in tournaments. Forev then made the decision to leave in December.

For the first time in his professional career, Forev had to miss The International tournament in 2018 after failing to secure a team.

He then joined forces with former MVP Phoenix Player, Park “March” Tae-Won where Forev played with the North American squad Marchoutofarmy. The team was doing relatively well but not well enough to above the seventh position in tournaments.

After his long professional journey, he finally took a break from DOTA 2. However his love for the game was too strong that he decided to team up with March after being kicked out of J.Storm.

After The International 2019, Forev joined T1 as the first member of the team.

He is currently ranked 30th in South Korea and 213rd in the world.

What next for Forev?

Throughout his time with T1, Forev effort and determination has certainly paid off. Thanks to his hardwork, the team managed to win two minor tournaments – the Hephaestus cup and the SEA Dota Invitational 2020. In addition to that, the team also came in fourth place during the ONE Esports DOTA 2 Sea League.

The organisation has yet to neither announce the replacement for Forev nor have mentioned where Forev is heading to next.

With his professional career at stake, will Forev be able to find a team that he can compete with?

Only time will tell. But, it is a certain that this will not be the last of Forev.

We wish Forev and T1 all the best with their future.

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The Most Unique Spas You’d Want to Try Around the World

Spas — the saving grace of many a weary and disillusioned soul. While the typical spa experience conjures up images of massages and mud baths, the definition of the modern spa experience has expanded to include facials, body scrubs, even meditation and exercise classes.

In this article, we dive deeper into spas that promote the renewal of mind, body, and spirit, through a variety of singular practices and environmental components. Slow down and pamper yourself with these one-of-a-kind spas from around the world:

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

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As one Tripadvisor reviewer puts it, the Blue Lagoon is a “joyful Disneyland feeling in water paradise”. Nestled amid rocky volcanic landscapes and alien-like black lava fields, the Blue Lagoon looks ethereal and otherworldly. Steam occasionally billows across the milky blue waters, and the stunning shade of blue is because of the unique combination of silica, algae, and minerals that does wonders for your skin.

Visitors can choose from three options: Comfort, Premium, and Luxury for entry into the spa. The lagoon is open all year round, and the best time to visit is often in the evening — for the midnight sun in summer or the Northern Lights in winter.

Thermal Beer Bath, Budapest, Hungary

For the ultimate rejuvenating effect, bathe in 36°C (96.8°F) thermal water combined with natural beer ingredients — malt, yeast, hops, and beer salt, all elements that are rich in vitamins and minerals. Bonus? You get a beer tap in between the tubs you’re soaking in, so you can drink all the Czech beer you want to your heart’s content.

One of two spas in the city to offer the option of bubbling in yeasty, aromatic beer, the Szechenyi Thermal Baths in Budapest is known to be healing and luxuriously calming. After your beer bath, soak in any of the 18 medicinal pools within the beautifully decorated, Neo-Renaissance inspired complex to end off your relaxing retreat.

Hammam, Turkey

The Traditional Turkish Bath (or ‘Hammam’) in Turkey is a transcendental experience of purification. The typical package includes 45 minutes of washing: beginning with 10-15 minutes in the hot room, where you can relax and sweat it out; a thorough scrubbing and exfoliation by an attendant with a special kese glove; and the highlight — the traditional foam massage.

If you’re looking for baths that accept mixed groups of men and women, try the Suleymaniye or Galatasaray in Istanbul. Sit back and relax on the warm marble slab (‘gobektasi’) as the attendant lathers your entire body with a soft, foam-filled cloth for a soothing, sudsy massage. This all takes place in an opulent, marble-covered room — usually designed for rays of light to stream through a high, central dome, creating a lavish, almost decadent experience.

Jjimjilbang, South Korea

The Jjimjilbang (a traditional, gender-segregated Korean public bathhouse) is a way of life in South Korea. These Korean spas are often multi-storey complexes that are open 24-hours and feature all kinds of amenities from hot tubs and saunas to ice rooms, private sleeping quarters, and karaoke bars.

Try immersing yourself in a kiln sauna for the ultimate Jjimjilbang experience — these wood and charcoal powered stone kilns reach up to temperatures of 200°C (392°F) and are believed to promote relaxation and detoxification of the body through sweat. Visitors often huddle on rice-straw mats within the clay dome and drape towels over their heads to protect themselves from the intense heat.

Banya, Russia

What the Jjimjilbang is to Koreans, the Russian Banya (traditional Russian bathhouse) is to Russians. The typical banya comprises a steam room with long wooden benches, pools or buckets of cold water, and leafy, fragrant bundles of birch, oak, fir or eucalyptus (‘venik’).

Named ‘the tsar of banya’, the venik is used to flog the skin, and this act is said to help improve blood circulation and release toxins from the body. Sounds unusual, but the Russian banya is all about high-humidity steaming, followed by a careful lashing of the skin with a softened bundle of twigs. Felt hats are part of the stimulating experience, and while they may look strange, wearing them is necessary to protect your head and reduce the risk of overheating. As the Russians would say, “A bath-broom in the banya is worth more than money.”