A certain “retired” StarCraft pro player may no longer be entertaining fans with his incredible mechanical skill, but he’s sure taking advantage of his mean set of pipes.
Jang “MC” Min-chul may have hung up his mouse in June, but that hasn’t stopped him from competing at and commentating at events like the HomeStory Cup XII last weekend. The event puts pro players from around the globe together in the apartment of Dennis “TaKe” Gehlen, an intimate, comfortable, and welcoming environment compared to a stadium filled with screaming fans or a bright stage in the middle of a convention. That often brings out a different side of typically focused and competitive players.
For a showman like Jang, that takes many forms. This weekend, it was a spot-on rendition of the popular song “Let it Go” from Disney’s Frozen, just in time for Elsa’s birthday. He dazzled a crowd of onlooking pro gamers during a break in the action by belting out the hit song as the crowd cheered him on.
The crowd in the background begins waving their hands in time with the music, including the winner of HomeStory Cup XII, Terran veteran Mun “MMA” Seong-Won, seen wielding a trophy in the front.
Someone even dubbed the original movie scene with the Korean Protoss’ rendition:
Jang has a bit of a Korean accent and struggles to hit a couple of the high notes, but he powers through the song like a champ. A two-time Global StarCraft League champ.
Of course, MC is no stranger to these antics. He’s the player that once responded to the question “Did you think you might lose?” with the answer, “Bitch, please.” He’s famous for singing, dancing, and other wacky antics on stage after winning matches.
That’s one reason why fans were dismayed when he decided to “retire” earlier this year (he’s actually played in multiple events since). Any event in which he participates is better for it, not just because he’s one of the most talented Protoss players to ever play StarCraft 2—He’s the only player in the game’s history to have earned over $500,000 in prize money so far—but because he’s a natural entertainer. Whether he’s dazzling in-game with a creative rush, dancing on stage, or answering an interview with his unique wit, he’s always a joy to watch. Even when he starts singing.
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