OG Jerax Is Returning to Dota 2 but Will Not Play Competitively


OG Jerax Is Returning to Dota 2 but Will Not Play Competitively

Rakshak Kathuria
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  • JerAx has communicated via a Twitter post that he will be returning to Dota 2 but unfortunately for his fans, it will not be a competitive comeback.
  • More details about this return would be revealed on JerAx's livestream on March 27, 2021, at 12:00 pm CET( 7:00 pm SGT).
  • JerAx had departed from OG's active roster and retired from competitive Dota 2 in January 2020.

OG JerAx, who retired from the Dota 2 professional scene in January 2020, has announced a return to Dota 2. Unfortunately for his fans, the two-time TI champion is not making a comeback to competitive play. Jesse "JerAx" Vainikka, who continues to be an OG member even after retirement, communicated this through a Twitter post, stating that he would reveal more details about this return on his livestream (most likely Twitch) on March 27, 2021, at 12:00 pm CET( 7:00 pm SGT). The player's Dota 2 resurgence statement comes after a lengthy public absence, as we last saw him streaming almost six months ago.

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OG JerAx to make a comeback to Dota 2 but will not play professionally.

The Finnish retired professional player hilariously mentioned that he was planning to play the new Dota 2 tutorial (recently launched by SirActionSlacks) as he might be needing it.

JerAx’s retirement in January 2020 had been a shocker move for his fans as he had cited a desire to pursue a new career and loss of passion for Dota 2 as the reasons for it.   

“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 another direction is clear, and I have no doubts about it.”

The Finnish player has not played on his Dota 2 account ever since. In fact, his last Dota 2 game on his public profile was at TI9. He last streamed the FPS game, Valorant, a number of times in September 2020. He used to communicate via Twitter whenever he came live on Twitch. 

This statement by the two-time TI champion and former OG support player has come at a time when the team is struggling to find form and success in the competitive scene. They had a rough time in the recently concluded EU 2021 DPC Season 1: Upper Division as they failed to make the cut for the first DPC Major after a 14 months’ hiatus. As a consequence of this disappointing finish, the team recently announced the departure of carry player, Yeik "MidOne" Nai Zheng, from the roster. However, Saksa, who had replaced JerAx, continues to be a part of the team's roster. 

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In his OG farewell blog, the organization had stated, “Fear not OGs, JerAx will leave the active roster but will remain as a member of OG. Once in the fam, always in the fam.” So, there is a chance that the player’s return will be in connection with the team.

Rakshak is an undergrad, an inquisitive person who likes to acquire information and knowledge of varied sectors in esports. However, his current focus is specifically on Dota 2.