“It wasn’t worth it for me anymore.”
As Blizzcon goes on around us and continues to dominate our gaming feeds with Warcraft, Starcraft, Hearthstone and the new star of the show Overwatch; lets take a moment to peel ourselves away from the main stage and listen to the words of esport legend Dyrus.
If you haven’t heard of Dyrus – which is a pretty rare phenomenon – he was a professional League of Legends player who played at the highest level since it’s inception back in 2009. Boy does that make me feel old.
Originally playing support for one of the first top competitive teams AoN (All or Nothing), Dyrus eventually found himself joining Epik Gamer as their top laner. This was the start of his increasing popularity as he gained support from streaming and the success he had with the team. He joined TSM’s gaming house in New York whilst still playing for Epik Gamer, however took the opportunity to join TSM later when they needed a top laner. Since joining TSM he hasn’t looked back, seeing the team go through numerous roster changes, old team-mates retiring, and ultimately being a part of a great deal of success.
Dyrus decided to retire at the League of Legends World Championships this year, with an interview that’ll make any grown man cry. It was both touching and disheartening at the same time, with the statement, “I’m really sorry to all my fans, that I let you down.” Of course no-one really believed this, apart from him. In a way it showed how much the esport scene had been affecting him, in terms of stress, but also the constant judgement from those who expected perfection from a player who’s been in the game for such a long time.
In any case, Dyrus’ latest interview is uplifting. You can tell he is in much higher spirits now that the stress levels have declined and the realisation that he can do what he wants. He addresses why he’s at Blizzcon, why he decided to retire and his thoughts on the future.
Watch the interview here:
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