Team Aster’s midlaner, Ori joins the pool of retired players.

Legendary Chinese Dota 2 player, Zeng “Ori” Jiaoyang is now officially retired from the pro scene at 27 years old. He was one of the most powerful midlaners in the world, having recently dominated tournaments with Team Aster.

On the Chinese social media app Weibo, Team Aster announced Ori’s retirement with a farewell message.(The caption below is translated by Google Translate and might not be fully accurate)

This news is quite a surprise as Ori hadn’t hinted at any retirement plans before. His Dota 2 performance is consistently brilliant. In fact, he had just accomplished the best achievement of his career, placing 4th at TI11 under Team Aster.

Ori representing Vici Gaming at TI10.
Credit: Valve

Ori has an impressive record throughout his years as an active player, consistently ranking in the top 10 over a multitude of tier 1 championships. Take a look at some of his best achievements since 2019.

RankingTournamentTeam
1stStockholm Major 2019Vici Gaming
1stEPICENTER Major 2019Vici Gaming
3rdLeipzig Major 2020Vici Gaming
4thWePlay AniMajor 2021Vici Gaming
4thThe International 2022Team Aster
5th-6thThe International 2021Vici Gaming

Why did Ori retire?

There is no reason stated as to why he chose to retire, however, there is a rumor surrounding his sudden retirement. According to a Twitter post, “Ori is forced to retire by his parents and they have already found him a new job. He has already disbanded his fans’ group chat.”

Ori joins the wave of retirement

This is not the first retirement news that has hit the Dota 2 community. Finnish veteran and TI winner, Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen announced his retirement prior to TI11, saying that the tournament would be his last.

Matumbaman retires from Dota 2 as Secret eliminate Liquid at TI11 – Esports  | Esports.gg

Another TI winner, Zhang “Faith_bian” Ruida also revealed that he wanted to begin a new chapter in life. PSG.LGD’s carry, the king without a crown, Wang “Ame” Chunyu has also been rumored to retire after this season. However, he hasn’t officially announced anything regarding the matter. Instead, he said that it is a secret.

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