Fade of Vici Gaming retires from competitive Dota 2
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Vici Gaming's Dota 2 captain, Pan “Fade” Yu has announced his departure from the team and his retirement from competitive Dota as a whole. He made the announcement today, via is Weibo account.
His message reads: "I will retire and hope that marks that end of the drama. I’m tired of being at the center of the storm. Playing competitively for all these years, I’ve made many mistakes but also had many happy memories. I think I’ve disappointed you guys too many times. Let’s end it right here, I will go back to being a normal guy who can enjoy Dota in a simpler way.”
The drama he mentions refers to some trouble that occurred during the post TI9 shuffle in which Royal Never Give Up (RNG) was accused of trying to poach Fade. Vici Gaming’s owner, Qing “Qc” Chen publicly made the accusation on Weibo.
Last year at the TI8 post shuffle, RNG did actually make an offer to a Team Secret player that was under contract, so it was quickly believed that they had done it again this year. Eventually it was discovered that RNG hadn't made any offer and Fade had lied about it.
The whole incident stirred up a lot of negativity which seems to have pushed Fade to make the decision to leave. Dota 2 interpreter, analyst and current Newbee manager, Jack "KBBQ" Chen posted on Twitter about Fade's low spirits and his feelings about "how hard it is to keep doing this."
Fade began his professional career in 2016 with Thunderobot Gaming. After playing for a number of other teams, he eventually joined Vici Gaming after The International 2018. During his time with them, Fade won SLI Minor and two Majors, DreamLeague Major and EPICENTER Major. Vici Gaming finished 5th-6th at TI9 after losing to Team Secret in lower bracket r4.