Retired Dota 2 Player Somnus Wants to Return to Pro Scene Next Year

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Will we really see Somnus back at the main stage next year?
Will we really see Somnus back at the main stage next year? Twitter/@LGDgaming

Somnus is no stranger to the Dota 2 pro scene. Although his former team (PSG.LGD) got defeated, he surely made a memorable performance in their run against OG Esports during The International 2018. He eventually decided to retire just after the conclusion of The International 2022.

Now, however, the Chinese mid-laner is reportedly planning to make a comeback to the pro scene. Somnus is said to have expressed his interest in playing in Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) 2023. What is even more interesting, he already assembled a lineup composed of teamless Dota 2 players. They are expected to join the open qualifiers for the second DPC tour. Somnus’ decision to join the pro scene, which he mentioned during a recent stream, was recapped and translated by a hardcore Dota 2 fan on Twitter.

It seems that playing pubs was boring him to death and that scrimmages are rather fun. It holds true that Somnus is one of the best players in the Dota 2 scene. He even further cemented his legacy during The International 2018 when he competed in the finals with his former team PSG.LGD. Although OG ended up taking the Aegis, Somnus’ performance was truly remarkable. One could even claim that he outplayed Topson, OG’s mid-laner, in every match. So, it is possible that he misses the adrenaline rush that a professional Dota 2 competition, played at a high level, offers.

Somnus plans to jumpstart another chapter of his career after the Chinese Spring Festival. This should give him enough time to regroup, look for potential teammates, and set up a game plan for his return. Of course, this decision could change and only Somnus knows the answer.

A lot of professional Dota 2 players indeed found themselves back in the game even after announcing their retirement. Perhaps the more recent epitomes are the back-to-back TI Champions namely, Johan “N0tail” Sundstein and Sebastian “Ceb” Debs. Both announced their retirement from the game but later on found themselves competing and forming the so-called OLD G. Even Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen joined them, though the latter did not really retire but took a break from professional competition. Somnus could very well be in the same limbo. If he indeed ends up returning to the pro scene, he is for sure a welcome sight.

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