Flip.Sid3 Tactics would like to formally announce the release of MaNia as a player. Despite recent successes MaNia has decided to retire from professional gaming and is moving forward with his career within Esports. He will continue to be a member of the F.3 organization, however, this time as staff. He is considering casting, coaching, content creating, and hosting his own show. After he has weighed his options we will be supporting him anyway that we can.
Below are some statements from the parties involved.[wpspoiler name="FrosT - Managing Director" ]The players we have had during our short tenure were not just friends but most of us consider them family. We have much admiration for MaNia and his accomplishments. It is a regret of mine that he was not able to cash in despite his successful career which dates back to 2008. Sadly as an organization we couldn’t help him give him the payday we know he deserved. Despite this failure we will help him transition into the next phase of his career within esports. Fully expect MaNia to be making the rounds as a personality. With the wealth of information this man has and with Dota 2 beginning to attract newer players we see an obvious connection. Our organization understands that players cannot play forever and we will do everything we can to make sure that players who decide to hang up their cleats will have a place within our organization. This is a sad day for Dota 2 fans of MaNia’s play style but a great day for Dota 2 fans in general. He will remain in esports but now be more active within the community and this is something that I personally look forward too.[/wpspoiler]
[wpspoiler name="MaNia" ]My time as a competitive player has finally come to an end. I wanted to give it a last shot with my previous team, but it simply took too much time and commitment.
These days most teams that are doing well or want to do well, are committing themselves full-time, and I really think myself that its the way to go for esports to move to the next level.
I wish good luck to FATA, Socks, 7ckingmad and last but not least miGGel, my closest Dota friend through many years. I hope they get everything they dream about.
I myself have turned old and grey, and will now on just focus on helping esports grow from behind the scenes. I’ll start a project, where I will do my best to grow esports in Denmark, by coaching Danish kids in a newly opened esports club in Ballerup, called Ballerup Esports.
I will also be working closely together with Flipsid3, helping them grow further as an organization. They have always been super supportive while I was playing for them and the whole staff behind them are talented and awesome. I have especially gotten a great friendship with Hector, who is one of the owners of Flipsid3. He has done so much with so little and ever since starting Flipsid3 about a year ago, they have grown into something spectacular.
Also a huge thank you to Samo, for being the best manager I’ve had in my 8 years of playing Dota/Dota2. He has done so much great work for us and he is one of the
most trustworthy people I’ve ever met.
Lastly shout-out to everyone that has been supporting me since MYM times and through my whole career. I just hope I can give as much back to the community, as they have given to me. It has been the best time in my life playing Dota on a competitive level, but all good things must come to an end![/wpspoiler]
[wpspoiler name="Samo - Manager" ]While I completely understand MaNia’s decisions, I am extremely sad to see him out of the competitive scene as a player, however, the fact that he’s going to stay part of Dota 2 and its esports scene makes me quite glad, he’s someone that deserves a lot more than he’s gotten from esports so far. He is by far the nicest player I’ve ever met in the entire Dota 2 scene, being a pro player from 2007 or even earlier surely gives you something you don’t see in many other players.
As a manager I’ve made most of my decisions based around MaNia, I’ve had nothing but complete trust in him both as a person and as a player, so when he informed me about this decision, while it was completely surprising since the new team was doing rather well, I could not question it. I honestly wish him the best in his career moving forward, and I’m going to continue supporting him in whatever he does, especially in what we have planned for him here at F.3![/wpspoiler]
While the competitive scene will surely miss MaNia, it is reassuring to see a professional of MaNia’s caliber decide to stay a part of this fast growing community we call esports. There is no doubt about the imprint he has made in his time playing Dota, now we will see the results of a man dedicated to ensuring the growth and success of our next generation of players and teams.
MaNia we are sure to see great things from you, but know that you aren’t alone in this endeavor and you will be supported every step of the way by family, friends and Flip.Sid3.