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21-Year-Old Dota 2 Player Ana Retires As He Leaves OG Esports



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Anathan Pham, known as “ana,” is one of the best players in the Dota 2 scene who has been competing professionally since 2013. His journey started with Mobility Gaming and joined OG Esports in August 2016, and they were on top of the standings in the end of the year.

They were the finalist of The Summit 6, and they won the Elimination Mode 2.0 as well as the biggest event in 2016, The Baston Major. After a year of playing with OG, ana announced that he will take a time off from the competitive scene.

In June 2018, ana returned back to OG Esports after parting ways with Team World and Echo International, and they won the high tier tournaments such as The International 2018 and The International 2019.

However, ana decided to take a break in January 2020 until the next season. About two months after returning back to the main roster in April 2021, ana announced his retirement from the Dota 2 esports scene.

In the announcement, ana talked about how important Dota 2 is for his life and revealed the reason for his retirement by saying that he wanted to explore and appreciate other things in life that he wants to learn about.

While ana announced his departure from both OG Esports and Dota 2, the whole community saddened for losing such a talented player and almost every other player wished him luck for his next journey.

Here is the official announcement from ana:

“The past few years have been an incredible journey and it is finally time for me to say that I’ll be stepping away from Dota. I have been on the fence about this for a while now but am ready to move on to a new chapter in my life.

Long story short, Dota has been the biggest part of my life for the longest time and I am starting to find and appreciate other things in life that I want to learn about and explore.”

He continued:

“The OG squad has been incredibly understanding and accommodating and I feel that this decision is the best for not only myself but the team as well. I have learned so much both inside of Dota and outside of the game with OG.

This organization will always feel like home to me. This game will always hold a special place in my heart and I am immensely grateful to the Dota community and the people I have met along the way. I also want to add a special thanks to my family and friends.”

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