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Ame joins Xtreme Gaming after one-year hiatus from the Dota 2 pro scene

Dota 2’s uncrowned king has finally returned.

THIS IS NOT A DRILL. The Chinese Dota 2 star player, Wang "Ame" Chunyu, is finally making his return to the competitive scene. After more than one year of hiatus, Ame joins Xtreme Gaming and departs his long-time home, LGD Gaming.

Xtreme Gaming has yet to field a complete roster. At the time of writing, Xtreme Gaming only has two players: Ame and Ding "Dy" Cong. It seems like Xtreme Gaming plans to build a new roster around Ame for the next season.

Ame joins Xtreme Gaming after his one-year Dota 2 hiatus. (Image via Xtreme Gaming)
Ame joins Xtreme Gaming after his one-year Dota 2 hiatus. (Image via Xtreme Gaming)

Ame makes a comeback after a year-long hiatus

Having Ame in your lineup is like scoring a guaranteed dominance. Ame is touted as the Dota 2's "uncrowned king" due to his consistent top achievements - placing second in two TIs, third in one TI, and plenty other notable standings. Many claim him to be the best carry player in the world. Even the two-time TI winner, Illya "Yatoro" Mulyarchuk, upholds Ame as the best in the game.

Ame placed second at TI10. (Image via Valve)
Ame placed second at TI10. (Image via Valve)

Ame's return to the pro scene is highly-anticipated. Following PSG.LGD's lackluster run at TI10, Ame retreated for a break. From December 2022, he was completely absent from the pro scene as he focused on his personal livestreams and continued to interact with his fans.

Ame did make a competitive appearance during the 2023 Asian Games to represent China. He ended up winning the tournament and placed ahead of Mongolia and Malaysia. Following this triumphant run, it is no surprise to see the Dota 2 star finding his way back into the pro scene.

Xtreme Gaming picks up Ame from LGD's bench

Since Ame's break, he has been an inactive member of LGD Gaming. According to Xtreme Gaming's recent announcement, the organization managed to engage in a friendly negotiation with various parties to officially transfer Ame to its lineup.

"After friendly negotiations between various parties, and on the premise of fully respecting the players' wishes, [LGD Gaming]'s Wang Chunyu (ID:Ame) will transfer to Xtreme Gaming with immediate effect," the organization posted on Weibo. (Translations via Google Translate.)

Xtreme Gaming announces Ame's arrival on <a href="https://weibo.com/7720945580">Weibo</a>. (Screenshot via esports.gg)
Xtreme Gaming announces Ame's arrival on Weibo. (Screenshot via esports.gg)

However, there is a big question mark with Ame's return. Plenty of pro players who retreated and returned have faced the struggles of adjusting back to the pro scene. A year long of absence from competition can jeopardize one's skill in Dota 2. Thus the uncrowned king's return will be an interesting one to observe.

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