- The player wants to focus more on his streaming career
- He also wants to rethink his other plans
- This year was very turbulent for iceiceice
The popular veteran Dota 2 offlaner Daryl “iceiceice” Koh talked about the factors that led him to decide to take a break from competitive play.
Iceiceice Is Taking a Break
Even the greatest esports players sometimes need a bit of a break to calculate their future actions. This seems to be the case with Daryl “iceiceice” Koh who recently announced he will temporarily be away from competitive Dota 2. The news comes as Dota 2 organizations are in the midst of shuffling rosters and preparing for the next season.
It’s not uncommon for teams to release players as their contracts expire, or if they have not met certain criteria. These free players often quickly find new teams to play for ahead of the next season, however, Koh doesn’t seem to be in a rush to sign with a new organization ahead of the 2023 competitive Dota 2 season.
Instead, in a recent livestream, the veteran player said that he would be taking a break from the competitive scene for the upcoming season as he wanted to think about his life choices. Part of these plans includes a greater focus on his streaming career. Another reason for the 32-year-old player to take a break is because he thinks his involvement with SMG and the roster registration incident for the Regional Qualifiers was a “disaster”.
“So, the plan was like this. After what happened with SMG, I was like “Yeah, I’m going to take a break”, and figure out what I want to do,” the player said in his recent stream. “Like I wanted to take a longer break and think about what I wanted to do, like streaming Dota or other games, and just chill and enjoy life. Because what happened with SMG was kind of sh**ty I guess.”
Koh Had a Difficult Year
A highly skilled veteran offlaner, and a person with famous comedic antics, Daryl “iceiceice” Koh has had somewhat of a turbulent past this year. Over his long career, he has been part of four different regions, and 2022 was also marked by him moving around a lot.
At the start of the 2021/2022 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) season, iceiceice was picked up by Team Secret from Evil Geniuses. The team, however, performed somewhat poorly throughout the season. That, combined with the rise of Roman “Resolut1on” Fomynok as a stand-in at Riyadh Masters 2022, prompted Koh to leave the team to return to SEA.
The player was later picked up by SMG in August, as the organization was trying to qualify for its first-ever TI from the regional qualifiers. However, the team missed the regional qualifiers because it was unable to register its latest players on time.
Koh eventually made it to TI11 as part of the creative content group, however by this point, SMG had announced the release of the player from its active roster following the conclusion of the DPC season.