SAMRIDDHA SAHA (Gl1tch_mast3r)
UPDATED: Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao, one of the most decorated AD Carries of all time has officially retired from professional League of Legends.
Uzi had long been struggling with injuries and health issues, even as he made his mark as one of the world’s best AD Carries. With increasing strain on his body the veteran has decided to hang up his mouse and keyboard for good.
Announcing his retirement on Royal Never Give Up’s Twitter account, the post read: “Uzi was not only the heart and soul of RNG, but also an icon in the esports world as a whole.
“From a teenager onwards he never gave up and worked as hard as he could to be the best he could in his role, he inspired many.”
Since his debut in 2012 Uzi established himself as one of the most mechanically gifted players in the scene. Although he amassed several titles in his careers, including two LPL titles and one victory at the Mid-Season Invitational, the coveted worlds title remained out of his reach as he fell just short twice, taking the runner-up spots in 2013 and 2014.
Uzi had been struggling with health issues for a long time, especially his shoulders and arms were struggling to keep up with the strain of playing professionally. As early as 2015 he had already considered retirement as he was pushing his body to his limits. In his detailed Weibo post he further expanded upon the many health issues he is facing.
The unbalanced lifestyle of a professional player with unreliable sleeping schedules, mental stress and unhealthy diet contributed to his type two Diabetes, which he was diagnosed with half a year ago. Although he has tried to adjust his lifestyle during the last six months his condition has not improved at all: His glycated hemoglobin index reached 11%, which should normally be less than or equal to 6.5%. Medication to combat that also contributed to his mental health declining and his doctors warned him that serious complications would arise soon if he did not make drastic changes.
In the end he had to accept that his body was unable to keep up fighting anymore. Although he will step down from RNG as an active player he will continue to work with them for his future career. Over his eight-year career Uzi has blazed a trail as one of the most iconic AD Carries of all time and will be remembered as a revolutionary for his role.