Articles:A reflection on those who have retired or stepped back from competitive play in 2013
|A reflection on those who have retired or stepped back from competitive play in 2013|
In 2013, we saw many new and successful beginnings - as well as the end of a generation. Longstanding players like Tabe, Chauster, and CloudTemplar have left the scene completely while others like Reginald, Saintvicious, and HotshotGG took a step back from their roles as players to focus on other things such as coaching, analyzing, and management. In this article, we take a moment to reflect on the careers of those who have hung up their mouse and keyboard.
Tabe - China
After running away from home in 2010 to pursue competitive gaming, Pan Kan "Tabe" Wong has been on a few notable teams such as Invictus Gaming and OMG, with his most recent endeavor being the captain and Support player for Royal Club. After seeing moderate success with Royal Club during the end of 2012 and most of 2013, they ended up being one of the four teams to jump right into the bracket stage of the Season 3 World Championship.
Having a great run through the quarterfinals and semifinals, beating OMG (2-0) and Fnatic (3-1) respectively, Royal Club fell to a crushing defeat by the hand of SK Telecom T1 2 (0-3) in the finals. After the Season 3 World Championships, Tabe retired from professional gaming, citing that the Chinese eSports scene "sucks balls", and has moved on to commentary and other related ventures. After Tabe's criticism of the Chinese scene, the Association of China E-sports has excommunicated him, barring him from joining any Chinese team in the future.
Tabe originally played and became popular on the North American servers before the Chinese servers were opened, even playing with some teams alongside his friend Wh1t3zZ. Tabe is known for popularizing Annie Support and is also known to be a fantastic on-camera personality.
Chauster - North America
Steve "Chauster" Chau started gaming at a young age with his two older brothers. Starcraft was his exclusive choice, but it was too difficult to balance gaming and education so he took a break from gaming in general, ending up casually playing League of Legends later on. Chauster quickly got hooked and became one of the best players in the game, joining the original roster of Counter Logic Gaming on April 16th, 2010 - the beginning of a tenure that lasted over three years.
Chauster believes that even though he doesn't have the best mechanics, reaction time, or raw skill, he made up for it with his superior knowledge, and he ended up bringing CLG to numerous victories throughout his years on the roster. Through countless amounts of teammates being added and dropped over the years, Chauster retained his position on CLG but swapped his role within the team many times, and to this day is the only player in the world to have professionally played as every single role (Top, Jungle, Mid, AD, and Support).
On October 23rd, 2013, Chauster announced his retiring with the reason being that his "conviction for League has decreased and it has been apparent."
Chauster is known for his superior knowledge of League of Legends and as the longstanding shotcaller for CLG, as well as the person that shaped Yilian "Doublelift" Peng into the powerhouse AD Carry that he is known to be.
CloudTemplar - South Korea
Before serving his mandatory two years in the military, Lee "CloudTemplar" Hyun-woo played a lot of different games, from Starcraft, to various MMORPGs, to a MOBA named Chaos. After his military service ended, he attempted going back to school but had a lack of academic goals and was introduced to League of Legends. He chose the Jungle as his main role and gained popularity on the NA and KR servers as a master of Rammus and Skarner, often forcing the enemy to use their bans on him.
In April 2011, CloudTemplar joined Maximum impact Gaming Frost and remained on the roster throughout sponsorship changes to Azubu Frost, and again to CJ Entus Frost. During his two year stay on the "Frost" roster, CloudTemplar helped bring his team to a fair amount of success including a 1st place finish in the 2012 Azubu The Champions Summer over CLG Europe (3-2), a 2nd place finish during the Season 2 World Championship (losing to Taipei Assassins, 1-3), and various 2nd-4th place finishes throughout 2013 tournaments. On October 14th, 2013, CloudTemplar retired from competitive League of Legends, stating: "I felt pressured in my gaming ability. I felt I hit my limit, I lost confidence in my abilities, and when I looked at my teammates each player was talented but I was denying my limits." Shortly after, on October 22nd, CloudTemplar was announced as one of the commentators of the Champions League Winter Season for OnGameNet.
CloudTemplar was nicknamed the "Herbivore" for his heavy farming style of Jungle and is respected in the eSports scene for picking traditional junglers such as Rammus and Nautilus over champions that fit the current meta.
Toyz - Taiwan
Kurtis "Toyz" Lau was first introduced to League of Legends in 2011 by a friend. He formed DK Team with Ana2k in July 2011 and their roster was quickly acquired by CrossGaming. On April 23rd, 2012, Toyz left CrossGaming and was picked up as the AP Carry and captain for the Taipei Assassins, approximately one month after they received sponsorship from Garena. During his time on the Taipei Assassins, Toyz's exceptional mid lane skill helped take the team to a remarkable number of 1st place finishes throughout the latter half of 2012, including a 1st place victory during the Season 2 World Championship. The team then went on to an astounding 27-1 group stage finish in the 2013 Garena Premier League Spring Season, with moderate continued success during the early half of 2013. Toyz was chosen as the AP Carry for Southeast Asia in the 2013 All-Star Shanghai competition and while the team ended up losing in the second round, Toyz beat Misaya in the skill competition finals and claimed his title as the best mid laner. On June 30th, 2013, Toyz retired from competitive League of Legends but on September 5th, he announced that he would return to competitive gaming with HK Attitude, following improvement with a wrist injury. However, on December 31st, he announced that his carpal tunnel syndrome was getting better but he cannot fully recover and cannot become a pro player again due to not being able to train like he did before.
Toyz is known for his exceptional mid lane abilities, most notably with Orianna, after TPA won the Season 2 World Championships. He is also regarded as one of the best mid laners in the world after winning the mid lane competition during the 2013 All-Star Shanghai competition.
Extinkt - Europe
Vytautas "extinkt" Mėlinauskas started playing League of Legends in 2010. First being offered a spot by Angush to join team Leethuanyan, he has played on a multitude of notable teams including Absolute Legends, Team Curse Europe, and most recently Ninjas in Pyjamas.
Extinkt saw varied success throughout his years, racking up a high amount of 1st place finishes among amateur tournaments. After failing to qualify for the European LCS Spring Split with Team Curse Europe, he joined DragonBorns as a substitute player in February 2013, but left after the team had an unsuccessful season. He then attempted to re-qualify for the LCS Summer Split with a new team, Samurai in Jeans, but they did not acquire a spot. That team then disbanded, and extinkt joined various former LCS pros to form Heimerdinger's Colossi, where they performed well in every event that they played in, including a 3rd-4th place finish at DreamHack Summer 2013. Heimerdinger's Colossi disbanded shortly after, when extinkt, Malunoo, and Freeze were picked up by the LCS team Ninjas in Pyjamas.
Shortly after joining NiP, on July 24th, 2013, extinkt announced that he would be retiring from competitive League of Legends, stating: "I have lost the drive that I had the past 2 years while competing at the highest level. Instead, I decided to study, starting this September."
Honorable Mentions - Retirees
After leading to over more than two years of success, Yu "Misaya" Jingxi announced on December 16th, 2013 that he was retiring from League of Legends.
Pun Wai "Wh1tezZ" Lo retired from competitive League of Legends after his team, Royal Club, ended the Season 3 World Championship with 2nd place. He is a longstanding friend of Tabe, who has also retired.
Maik "MoMa" Wallus found moderate success with a varied number of teams in the European scene of competitive League of Legends, including a 2nd place finish at the Riot Season 1 Championship with against All authority. His last event was a first place finish with mousesports on December 9th, 2012, at the ESL Pro Series Germany Winter.
Honorable Mentions - Stepping Down
Andy "Reginald" Dinh has both managed and played on Team SoloMid since it's conception in September 2009. Recently, the team acquired Søren "Bjergsen" Bjerg to play the role of AP Carry and Reginald stepped down as a player to focus on coaching and being an analyst for the team.
Brandon "Saintvicious" DiMarco recently stepped down as a player to focus on coaching and being an analyst for Team Curse, after jungling for the team since he joined in May 2012. Taking over his position of Jungle is Christian "IWillDominate" Rivera.
George "HotshotGG" Georgallidis created the Counter Logic Gaming organization in April 2010 and has been a player and manager since. On May 26th, 2013, he stepped down as a player, but remains as a substitute player as he focuses on the business side of CLG. Taking over his position in the top lane is Zach "Nientonsoh" Malhas.
After a long string of success with the Taipei Assassins, Alex "Lilballz" Sung announced his retiring from competitive gaming after becoming ineligible to play in Garena-hosted tournaments for one year, a ruling that came from being found guilty of using someone else's account to play in the ranked queue. He will continue to assist in training TPA/TPS( Taipei Snipers).