After finishing second at The International 2018, PSG.LGD have continued to take part at both Majors in the latest Dota 2 Pro Circuit season but unfortunately have fallen short from reaching the grand finals or even the top 3 on both occasions. Posted on the organization’s Weibo account this morning they have announced that mid-laner Lu ‘Maybe’ Yao has decided to take a break from the game for an undisclosed amount of time.
Breaking News: @LGDgaming Maybe will take a break to let him get back into his best form. The mid player from @LGDCDEC, xm, will step in as the substitute for the @DreamHackDota DreamLeague Season 11. pic.twitter.com/37iN5opi52
— VPESPORTS (@VPesports) January 29, 2019
Maybe, also known as Somnus at times, joined LGD Gaming all the way back in 2015 and since then has been with the squad as they marched to becoming one of the most feared teams out of China and in the Dota 2 world. With constant top-flight finishes at TI alongside some amazing victories throughout last year’s DPC season, he has definitely shown that he is one of the best players in the world. Maybe’s break comes at a time when many of the teams may be feeling under heavy pressure to perform well and consistently – and thus the young Chinese player has decided to get himself back to perfect mental and physical health before returning to the team.
🎙 #Dota2 Announcement
After the conclusion of the #ChongqingMajor, Lu 'Maybe' Yao requested some time off, due to personal and physical reasons.
After internal discussion, LGD Gaming has decided to respect his wishes and approve his application to leave temporarily.
— LGD Gaming (@LGDgaming) January 29, 2019
The team have also announced the replacement for Maybe while he is on his break – Guo ‘XM’ Hongcheng, currently playing for CDEC Gaming, who will step in as a substitute for the team’s run through the DreamLeague Season 11 Major Qualifiers which begin on February 1st 2019 for the China region.
Full translation of the Weibo announcement:
“After the conclusion of the Chongqing Major, our mid laner “Maybe” has requested for a break as he wishes to take some time to adjust his form. Moreover, with the arrival of the new ranked season, Maybe also wants to focus on hitting rank 1 of the leaderboard. The organization, per player’s wish, has approved his leave application. We wish Maybe could take the time to find back his form and return to us in his best self.
The mid laner of CDEC, Hongcheng ‘xm’ Guo, will stand in for LGD when Maybe is on his break. xm joined CEDC in September 2018 and his signature heroes include Pugna, Death Prophet and Tinker. We hope that by giving newcomers the chance to play on the big stage, we could provide more fresh blood to the Chinese Dota scene.We look forward to his performance!”
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