Lei "MMY!" Zengrong will take a six month break from Dota 2 before deciding whether he wants to continue his competitive career or retire, LGD announced Monday.
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MMY has played Dota 2 since the very beginning. As a member of EHOME, he participated in the in the first two Internationals, placing second at TI1 and in the Top 6 at TI2. He is one of the few players to have competed at all six TIs, finishing in the Top 6 at the first five.
After TI2, MMY! joined Team DK, though he would not enjoy the success he had seen on EHOME until after TI3. As DK rebuilt their roster around Xu “BurNIng” Zhilei, MMY! returned after briefly being removed from the team. He went on to win three premier tournaments with DK before TI4, placing second at several others and rarely finishing outside of the Top 4. In what would be a great year for Chinese teams, DK fell to Vici Gaming at TI4 to finish in fourth place.
DK’s roster would not last long, as MMY! left the team to join LGD in August 2014., MMY! stayed with the team through numerous roster changes as they became one of the best teams in Chinese Dota. Though the team would falter at TI6, finishing outside of the Top 8, LGD remained one of the most consistent teams in the 2015-16 season.
LGD Gaming, like most Chinese teams, released their entire roster in August ahead of the player drop deadline in the post-TI6 roster lock season.
Preston Dozsa is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.