Korea's Most Talented Female StarCraft Player Is Retiring

Being a female pro gamer is not easy in South Korea. In that male-dominated world, Seo Ji-Soo (aka ToSsGirl) was a pioneer. She was also the country's last active female pro gamer. "Was", because as of this month, ToSsGirL will retire.

Known as "The Female Lim Yo-Hwan", Seo decided to become a pro gamer after seeing Lim play on TV. By the time she was 17, she qualified for the female StarCraft league — a league that she would later rule. Once the female league was disbanded, Seo switched to the male league, where she played well, but did not dominate like she had previously.

"I'm sorry I couldn't meet expectations with stellar play," Seo said late last month (via Naver). "I'll never forget the love I got because I was a progamer."

Seo played Terran for the STX SouL team and she is determined to move on to the next chapter in her life.

There will be a retirement ceremony for Seo during a league game on July 17. We wish her luck with whatever her strategy is next — whether she rushes in or takes it easy.

'스타크 얼짱녀' 서지수, 결국 못버티고… [Naver]

Jongsu Chang contributed to this report.

Photo: STX


    "She was also the country’s last active female pro gamer. “Was”, because as of this month, ToSsGirL will retire."

    Not 100% true. She may be the last female Brood War pro gamer, but there are still quite a number of female SC2 pro gamers in Korea.

      I'm glad someone know a little about what's going on in the SC2 scene. My understanding was that she tried to move on from Brood Wars to SC2 unsuccessfully.

      Best of luck to her, either way.

      There really aren't, there are some 'mascots' like Eve, but they're not really players. They're never fielded in games, they're not even practice partners, they exist purely for exposure and bringing more sponsors to the team.

      Tossgirl was the only female progamer ever worth a damn and proved that she could still take wins from the likes of Reach even in the big boy leagues. It's a sad day to see her go, here's hoping Scarlett can perform.

    Talented or not..."Toss Girl" isn't the best name to choose...

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