Merlini steps back from casting and Dota 2
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Beloved and prominent caster and personality, Ben "Merlini" Wu has bid farewell to his casting career, stepping out of the limelight.
He continues to provide examples and poses many questions on the state of his career, future, mentality and committment. The outpour of his intimate and raw emotions and thoughts will no doubt hit a chord with many fans and others in the community.
Merlini has poured himself into the game for 13 years, starting his professional career in 2006 in DotA with his first achievement being at DreamHack Summer 2007 with Meet your Makers. Since then he played for Evil Geniuses, OK.Nirvana.International with the likes of Clement "Puppey" Ivanov and Kuro "KuroKy" Salehi Takhasomi in 2010. His professional career as a player for Dota 2 includes a short list of achievements and teams, including playing for Zephyr, Monib Baray and Vegetables Esports Club - a team of famous personalities that primarily competed in the Major qualfiers for fun. As a professional player, Merlini is perhaps most known for his Zeus plays.
In 2013 he started casting with The International 2013, becoming a staple talent for major and premier LAN events through the years, making appearances at all Internationals since then. Fans have come to love and respect both his commentating and analytical input on the panel discussions, adding insight and flavor to the broadcasts.
Originally scheduled to cast at GESC Indonesian Minor in Jakarta March 15-18th, Merlini has rescinded his decision to attend.
It is safe to assume that most of the community will agree that his presence will be missed yet will wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.