And just like that OG are down to three. After they announced only yesterday that Anathan “ana” Pham will extend his break until the next season, the back to back TI champions announce Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka’s decision to retire.
OG’s official announcement includes a lengthy post from JerAx himself who goes into a pretty detailed explanation for his decision, and judging from his words, this isn’t a “seasonal” retirement post. Titled “Why am I quitting Dota ?”, JerAx’s post takes the fans through his journey in the professional field, seen from his perspective and filtered through his emotions.
“I love being creative and have a huge urge to bring ideas to life. I’ve found video games to be an amazing platform for this, as there are truly no limits and you are able to share the experiences with others,” he explains, adding that “Dota 2 as a game is this endless puzzle that offers you solutions, yet none of them completely crack it. Ever since I started to play it, it’s been a journey of learning. As I played more and more, the information and knowledge of the game had an overwhelming affect on me, and it became an addiction of some sort to understand every single detail about it. Once succeeding, it gives you a feeling of fulfillment and sensation. Yet you misstep, it frustrates and infuriates you, but still encourages trying again. These are feelings that initially got me deeply connected to the game, but have faded away. This is due to me seeing the game as a competition.”
“I have no willingness nor passion to play Dota 2 anymore, and I have trouble fitting myself into my competitor’s shoes. For me the decision to pursue to another direction is clear, and I have no doubts about it,” says the one who alongside OG has won two Majors and two The Internationals.
OG current roster:
- Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen
- Sébastien “Ceb” Debs
- Johan “N0tail” Sundstein
JerAx joined OG in the post TI6 aftermath, replacing Andreas Franck “Cr1t-” Nielsen. Prior to OG, JerAx was a founding member of Kuro “KuroKy” Takhasomi 5Jungz, later on, signed by Team Liquid. He played on the TI6 stage under the Team Liquid, banner, at TI5 he was a part of the South Korean MVP HOT6ix squad that featured Lee “SunBhie” Jeong-jae, Lee “Heen” Seung Gon and Lee “Forev” Sang-don. JerAx’s starting days as a professional player go back to 2013 and featured a couple of lower tier teams, including the Finish stack 4 Anchors + Sea Captain that gave to the scene not only some of the best position 4 supports of the modern days, but also the TI7 champion, Lasse Aukusti “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen.
At the end of his competitive career, JerAx is the second highest sports player in earnings, with $6,470,000.02 gathered from tournament winnings, only half a million dollars less than the OG founder Johan “N0tail” Sundstein.