Somnus is reconsidering his Dota 2 retirement after Messi’s fairytale run at 2022 World Cup

It was more of a vacation than a retirement.

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Dota 2 The International can be considered as game’s World Cup. The best players from around the world gather for a chance to lift the Aegis of Champions, but Lu “Somnus” Yao was dealt the short end of the stick at TI11.

Due to health issues, four Royal Never Give Up (RNG) stars had to play from isolation, and Somnus’ team bid a quick farewell to the tournament after a great start. Following the event, Somnus announced his retirement, but he has been having second thoughts after watching Lionel Messi in the 2022 World Cup.

“Seeing Messi win the championship is inspirational and touching,” Somnus said on Weibo. “Messi only fulfilled his dream at the age of 35, and after watching Messi, I do want to return to competing.”

After expressing his desire to return to the Dota Pro Circuit, Somnus contacted Hu “kaka” Liangzhi, asking whether he had any plans for the new season. The two played together in RNG, and kaka told Somnus he would be down to join a team alongside him.

Considering Wang “Ame” Chunyu also decided to take a break after the last season, fans have been speculating about the legendary PSG.LGD roster coming back together. From 2018 to 2020, LGD consisted of Ame, Somnus, Chalice, fy, and xNova.

This iteration of LGD was one of the most dominant Dota 2 squads of the time, achieving multiple top-three finishes at TI during their time together. Given the level of friendship within their team, they were also one of the fan favorites of every event, and their potential return would be more than enough to increase the viewer count of the Chinese DPC.


Gökhan Çakır
Strategical Content Writer and Fortnite Lead for Dot Esports. Gökhan Çakır graduated as an industrial engineer in 2020 and has since applied his analytical and strategic thinking to many endeavors. As a natural-born gamer, he honed his skills to a professional level in Dota 2. Upon giving up on the Aegis of Champions in 2019, Gökhan started his writing career, covering all things gaming while his heart remains a lifetime defender of the Ancients.

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