2020 is not looking good for Dota 2 fans so far. The ongoing coronavirus outbreak has canceled almost every tournament for the game. And no one currently knows exactly when things are going to become normal. While some tournaments have shifted online, others have just been postponed to a later date. But these aren’t the only things that have been bothering Dota 2 fans. They are seeing their favorite players retire from the professional scene. A few days after Ppd announced his retirement from professional Dota 2, Sahil “Universe” Arora has decided to follow his footsteps.
Universe Retires From Dota 2
Universe confirmed the news about his retirement on his official Twitter account. In the tweet, he shared a statement in which he talked about the reason behind why he’s retiring. According to Universe, he has decided to retire because whenever he wants to do something in life, he either gives it everything or nothing. He did the same with Dota 2 as the player gave 10 years of his life to the game. He claimed that he has given everything to the game and competition, and it was an incredible experience for him. But now, it is time for him to pursue other interests.
— Saahil Arora (@UniverseDota) April 23, 2020
His Past Career and Recent Hurdles
Universe is considered as one of the best Dota 2 players in the world. The most interesting thing about him is that he is considered as the highest-paid support player in the Dota 2 scene. He is best known for his time with Evil Geniuses with whom he managed to win The International 2015. This was something that gave a boost to his popularity and helped him with creating a name for himself in the top players’ list. He has played for a number of other teams including Fnatic, Quincy Crew, Team Dignitas, Quantic Gaming, and most recently for Ninjas in Pyjamas.
Universe had to go through a lot recently. A few months ago, he ended up joining Ninjas in Pyjamas and was hoping to play for them. However, because of the coronavirus outbreak, the entire team had to split up. This is because they were unable to practice together and communicate in real life. Every player was then present in a different region because of lockdown restrictions. None of them was able to fly to another, and this is something that ruins a team. The worst part was that the ESL One Los Angeles was also approaching.
NiP’s roster was then officialized and Universe was nowhere to be seen. This is because he was benched as he was unable to travel because of the virus. Every other organization also had its roster full as they had little time to prepare too. As Universe was benched, he got a lot of time to think about what he wants to do next. All of this led him to think that retirement will be a much better option than playing further.
NiP might’ve benched him, but it will take them some time to find another amazing player like him. In addition to this, fans should be prepared to see more retirements considering all similar players are of the same age.