Dota 2 Roster News: Team Aster's Ori Retires from Competitive Play

Another legend retires.
Another legend retires. Weibo/@AsterStarEsportsClub

The post-TI roster shuffle continues to surprise a lot of people. This time, it’s Dota 2 player Zeng “Ori” Jiaoyang who’s been revealed to be retiring and leaving the competitive scene.

Ori's retirement was revealed through a post in Aster's Weibo. In that post, the club revealed that it was respecting the wishes of the player and thanked Ori for his contribution. Aster went on to say that Ori has led the team to a new history and thanked him for his "hard work and dedication" during this year's DPC season. The post ended with that he has more than proven his strength as one of the game's top players.

A Look Back

Ori had his start in Dota 2 in 2016 when he joined DUOBAO. However, that stint wouldn’t last long, so in January 2017 joined Vici Gaming. It was during his time with VG that he would evolve to become one of the best mid-laners and known for his signature heroes, Templar Assassin and Storm Spirit.

VG would win a lot of tournaments like DreamLeague Season 11 and EPICENTER Major in 2019. However, the Aegis would elude him and the highest VG would get was a top six finish. After TI10, Ori would leave VG and join Aster.

The Future

There have already been rumors going around that Ori would be retiring after The International 2022. Considering that he hasn’t been playing that long, there were those who obviously didn’t believe. As such, it was a surprise to a lot of fans when the rumor came true.

Why did he retire in the first place? Another rumor suggested is that his parents wanted him to retire and find a new job. According to one report, not only did Ori graduate from one of the top law schools in China but even passed the Legal Licensing Exam.

Given that situation, it’s not surprising to know why his parents wanted him to follow a different career. While we all wish him success wherever he is, I’m sure there are fans who continue to hope that he’ll play Dota 2 again.

What did you think about Ori’s reason for retiring? Should he continue playing competitively?

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