Fade to leave Vici Gaming, retire from Dota 2

In the wake of a still somewhat unclear exchange between the player, Vici Gaming, and RNG, Fade has announced his retirement from the professional scene

Drama has arrived in the Dota 2 world, and while many in the community love drama in all its forms, this time around the situation appears to be rather unfortunate. Chinese organization Vici Gaming appears set to lose a member of its roster, as Pan “Fade” Yi had announced his retirement from professional Dota 2, just days after a 5th-6th place finish at TI9. The announcement comes a shortly after the reveal of a somewhat muddled situation between Fade himself and the organizations of Vici Gaming and Royal Never Give Up.

It should be noted that not all of the information regarding the situation has been fully clarified, but here is what is allegedly known about the situation: Fade himself apparently claimed that he was contacted by RNG during TI9, ostensibly for the purposes of attempting to recruit the player. This led to Vici Gaming contacting Royal Never Give Up, only for the latter organization to claim that it had initiated no such contact with Fade. From that point, Vici Gaming has allegedly asked for an explanation from Fade regarding his previous claims, which was followed shortly by Fade’s announcement of his retirement.

As of right now, Vici Gaming has made no official statement to confirm this sequence of events or Fade’s retirements, with most of the current information having been taken from exchanges on Weibo. Outside of the game itself, this situation could potentially have big consequences for Fade, depending upon whether his actions constitute any sort of breach of his contract with Vici Gaming. Within the Dota 2 world, it would appear that Vici Gaming will be on the hunt for a new support, unless Fade backs out of his retirement announcement and is also retained by the organization following the conclusion of whatever this situation has been.

The roster of Vici Gaming following Fade’s retirement:

Zhang “Paparazi灬” Chengjun (Carry)
Zeng “Ori” Jiaoyang (Mid)
Zhou “Yang” Haiyang (Offlane)
Ding “Dy” Cong (Support)
Bai “rOtK” Fan (Coach)
Xu “JaL” Xiaoyun (Manager)

Announcement from Fade (via Weibo) of his retirement from professional Dota 2 (Chinese)

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