Chinese Dota 2 veteran Chen "Hao" Zhihao has announced that he is taking a break from competitive Dota 2 scene.
Translation from him Weibo page:
“I've played professionally for many years. It proved to be too exhausting and I decided to take a break for 6 months. Maybe I will retire for good. I have both won and lost TI, but it is all in the past. I’m sorry that this year I let my fans down. I really am. I hope you guys will get used to not seeing me in the professional scene. Please continue to support me, I will make sure to show up sometimes, just not as a professional player.”
Hao has played in every edition of The International, winning the tournament with Newbee in 2014. This year Newbee finished at The International in 9th -12th place.