Chinese Dota 2 powerhouse PSG.LGD announced on Wednesday (7 December) that star carry player Wang "Ame" Chunyu has become inactive and is expected to miss out on the 2023 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) season.
In a post on their official Weibo account, PSG.LGD said Ame being rendered inactive was "under the premise of following the wishes of the players themselves and respecting the personal development needs of the players", a machine translation of the statement read.
The organisation added that the decision was made "after full internal communication and friendly consultation among all parties."
Ame's decision to go inactive comes after a disappointing end to the 2021-2022 DPC season for PSG.LGD.
Having finished in the Top 3 of the last two iterations of The International (TI), including a second place finish at TI10, the Chinese powerhouse was one of the biggest favourites heading into TI11 in Singapore back in October.
However, PSG.LGD only managed a 5th-6th place finish after losing to fellow Chinese powerhouse Team Aster in the fourth round of the lower bracket.
It was the lowest TI placement for the organisation since TI6 in 2016, when their team at the time finished in 9th-12th place.
Multiple members of PSG.LGD have left the team following their disappointing run at TI11. Offlaner Zhang "Faith_bian" Ruida retired from competitive Dota 2 while position 4 support player Zhao "XinQ" Zixing left the team.
With Ame now becoming inactive, only midlaner Cheng "NothingToSay" Jin Xiang and position 5 support player Zhang "y`" Yiping officially remain on PSG.LGD's roster.
Ame is considered one of the best players in the history of Dota 2 to have never won the Aegis of Champions. He came close twice in TI8 and TI10, losing in five-game epic grand finals showdowns to OG and Team Spirit, respectively.
On top of those two second place TI finishes, Ame also has third and fourth place finishes at TI9 and TI7, respectively, as well as three Major championships under his belt.
PSG.LGD is expected to announce its new roster for the 2023 DPC season in the coming days as the roster lock for the upcoming season is on 9 December.
Ame becoming inactive is the latest of many developments in the global Dota 2 scene's ongoing post-TI11 roster shuffle.
With Tundra Esports standing victorious as the champions of TI10, the rest of the scene is scrambling to assemble the best rosters possible for another bid to claim the Aegis of Champions next year.
For all the biggest moves in the ongoing Dota 2 post-TI roster shuffle, you should know about, check here.
Cheng "NothingToSay" Jin Xiang
Zhang "y`" Yiping
Zhang "xiao8" Ning (coach)
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