Ppd officially returns to competitive Dota 2 ahead of Dota Pro Circuit 2021

Ppd officially returns to competitive Dota 2 ahead of Dota Pro Circuit 2021
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Their competitive fire just wasn't quenched.

Peter "ppd" Dager spent years at the top of the Dota 2 competitive scene, and his greatest achievement came in 2015 when he and Evil Geniuses won The International. During the early stages of 2020, however, he announced that he was walking away from the game.

He officially retired from Dota 2 on April 20, but now, more than eight months after that decision, he's back.

 The popular gamer and personality explained his return on the WePlay Esports blog.

One of the main factors in deciding to retire in the first place was the cancellation of the ESL One Los Angeles Major and other effects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“After a difficult start to the season in which we NiP (Ninjas in Pajamas) competed in NA with Gunnar, Skitter, Biver, Universe, and myself, we made significant changes to our roster (Daxak, Tanner, Lelis, Universe, and myself) and qualified for the LA Major outside of Europe (the most difficult region), ”said ppd. “However, the day before we took our flights to attend the Major that we hoped would get us a spot at TI, President Trump announced a travel ban on Jan 31, which in turn canceled the Major and indefinitely suspended the DPC."

His teammate Saahil “Universe” Arora and Rodrigo “Lelis” Santos decided to travel home to wait for the pandemic to pass, which resulted in their release. This left ppd to lead a short-staffed NiP roster into battle in a number of online tournaments, and he said it took its toll.

"We were lucky to find Blizzy and Milan, who helped us, but our team was weak." ppd said. “With the departure of Lelis and Universe, we had problems competing in such a short time. I don't think I handled this stress particularly well and I stopped enjoying the games. Dota, once again, felt like work. "

In hindsight, ppd said that "taking a month or two off may have been the safest play," but does not regret the spontaneous call to withdraw and return to the United States.

Reflecting on her time away, ppd said she didn't touch Dota at all in her first month at home and spent the following months exploring various areas of esports and game design to see what other opportunities might be there.

In the end, he settled on streaming because he said he is passionate about the medium and never had a chance to fully explore it due to his hectic schedule as a professional. However, after three months of broadcasting six days a week, a spark has rekindled some of his competitive spirits, and is shifting his focus back to the professional scene, for now.

“So for now, I'm back. I will compete in NA Dota tournaments and hopefully soon international tournaments with Fear, DNM, Moo, and Sneyking, ”said ppd. "I'm so grateful to these guys for taking me with them and, to be honest, I don't know if I would have come back if I hadn't found such a great team to play on."

Sad boys' revived roster is preparing to play in the top division of the NA DPC regional league on January 18 and is currently submitting offers from interested organizations that might want to join Dota, according to ppd.

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