Dota 2: Somnus to return with new Chinese superteam
Chinese star Lu "Somnus" Yao surprised Dota 2 by coming back with YBB Gaming on Monday.
Somnus had retired after his team's poor showing at The International 2022, but according to a report by CN Dota In A Nutshell, the 27-year-old will make a comeback to competitive Dota ahead of this year's TI12.
Somnus, formerly known as Maybe, had been a prominent member of the Chinese Dota scene since 2014 and played for LGD Gaming for five years, achieving multiple top finishes at TI in 2018 and 2019. After his contracts expired, Somnus and fy left PSG.LGD to form Elephant with fellow veteran Super. However, they fell short of expectations at TI10.
Somnus then joined RNG, reuniting with Chalice, but they failed to gain momentum overseas, and the team crashed out of The International 2022 in the first round of playoffs to Entity. Now, Somnus will join YBB with former teammates Yang "Chalice" Shenyi and Xu "fy" Linsen, along with carry Lou Zhen and support Jiang An, for the remainder of the 2023 DPC season.
Fans had hoped for a full reunion of the 2018 Chinese Dota core, including popular position one player Ame, but he remains locked into his contract with PSG.LGD, where he is currently benched and works as a content streamer.