In Memory of Space
Posted 2013-05-07 Noname
Undead with Charisma
Space was a gutsy player.
While I struggle for words to begin this, it has also been only an hour since it was confirmed from multiple sources that Seung Hyun Park aka Space passed away on Monday the 6th of May. To anyone who remembers Space he was the Undead player with charisma, his style of play was super gutsy and he always pushed himself to his limits, he kept to himself outside of the game and it wasn't until an article published on a community site that people came to know of his ailment.
Space suffered from the age of 11 from a rare inveterate muscled disorder, which would eventually mean his entire nervous system would shut down one day. Space played on a few teams such as NoA, Go (a friendly Korean team which had players like Shy, FoCuS, Ohjie, MinHyuk, Kei among others) and he even played for almost a year on Fnatic. Communicating with any Korean player is difficult, but we made it work with him.
He made a name for himself when he played in the Afreeca WarCraft League, in several seasons, he took down big players. In the fourth season he made it all the way to the finals to take on SK’s Lyn, he lost eventually as everyone knows what kind of an uphill battle it is versus Orc as Undead and add to that it was Lyn in his prime. But that does not rob Space of his achievement of having slain the best of the Korean gamers for a long time.
A Dream Come True
I remember when Space first joined he had two big wishes, the first one was to always make his mother and family proud of him - their son. The second one was to travel outside of Korea once. At a tournament in early 2008 Space (with Fnatic's help) would be able to realize this dream as he competed at the ROTK (Road of the King) team battle. It was a terrible experience for him mind you, the conditions, the weather was very different. But he made it out side Korea and I think that was a personal high for him. Even though we later qualified for WC3L finals as the #1 team in the online phase we couldn’t get him to LAN since it wouldn’t be the same for him. I am very sure that if we had Space on LAN in his best condition, we would have won the event.
It’s a shame to an extent that aside from only a few WarCraft 3 people in the community who still ask about Space from time to time there’s no real mention of this ‘hero’. Space was a living example of the courage and power of humans and realistically what we are capable of. He never let the disability come in his way – he always came for matches on time, never ever skipped a clan war or a tournament, he never broadcasted his illness (yes, no streaming back then) and he never tried to publicize it. If anything he wanted that equality between him and everyone else.
I think anyone can count the number of interviews with Space on their one hand. Yet he persevered, he never asked for donations or discounts, even though deep down he knew what was coming for him. For a kid at the age of 17 to realize all of this and yet only want to focus at making his mother and family proud…
In closing, it was a great honor to have been a manager of Space, his determination & attitude is what we should celebrate as he passes away to a better place. The suffering has finally ended for him, Rest in Peace Seung Hyun “Space” Park.
Thank you Space, we are proud to have known you!