Paparazi postpones Dota 2 retirement until after Riyadh Masters 2023

Zhang “Paparazi” Chengjun, the star player of Xtreme Gaming, has decided to delay his retirement until after the Riyadh Masters 2023. Despite his previous announcement to retire, the team managed to persuade him to extend his career just a tad longer and participate in the upcoming tournament.


Source: Xtreme Gaming

Xtreme Gaming recently had to recruit Zhao “XinQ” Zixing to replace Hu “Kaka” Liangzhi, who left the team to join Team Aster. With Paparazi’s retirement announcement, the team would have had to find another player, which would be against the rules of the Riyadh Masters 2023.

Organizers allow teams to make only one roster change before the event. Therefore, Xtreme Gaming requested Paparazi to postpone his retirement, to which he agreed.

After the Riyadh Masters 2023, Paparazi is expected to retire from competitive Dota as initially planned. Rumors suggest that Guo “Xm” Hongcheng from Piggy Killer will replace him at Xtreme Gaming.

The Xtreme Gaming Roster for the Riyadh Masters 2023 includes:

  • Daniel “Ghost” Chan,
  • Zhang “Paparazi” Chengjun,
  • Thiay “JT-” Jun Wen,
  • Zhao “XinQ” Zixing, and
  • Ding “Dy” Cong, with
  • Zhang “LaNm” Zhicheng as the coach.
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