Posted 10th June 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – Many professional esports gamers consider competitive gaming as a way to make a living, some even see it as a lifelong hobby. But neither of this is true for Jimmy “DeMoN” Ho who recently announced his retirement from esports after consistently falling behind the shadows in the second half of the Pro Circuit 2017-2018 season. Jimmy, sadly, left his 10 years in DotA behind.
Jimmy announced the sad news on his Youtube channel. In an emotional state, he revealed his intent to retire: “I am done trying to get myself up there and being on top, and just quitting as a Pro player. It’s something I’ve contemplated for a long time but with much deliberation, I’ve just concluded like this is gonna be the best route for me and for my future. I’ve been doing this for over a decade now, I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs…I think 2016 was probably one of my lowest points where I thought about giving everything up, but I had an opportunity in the Philippines with TMC. I took it and I knew this would be my last shot.”
The entire esports community will remember Jimmy’s growth from DotA to Dota 2. He was getting quite the attention magnet as DeMon and “Classic Jimmy” throughout his entire career, mainly because of his outstanding presence and reputation as a captain.
Jimmy instantly started his esports journey when DotA became a worldwide phenomenon. He was on the 2011 International with the team Meet Your Makers and they took 4th place at the end. Afterward, he joined the North American organization Evil Geniuses, followed by the MVP.Phoenix in 2013 for a South Korean competition. However, his time with international teams went quickly as he headed back to North America for another shot at rotating rosters—with Team Liquid being the most notable.
It was the summer of 2016 when Jimmy took a chance once more outside North America. He went back overseas and acquired a team captain role for the Philippine team TNC Pro. Under his jurisdiction and command, TNC placed first in The International 6 Southeast Asia Qualifiers and became the first Philippine team to qualify for TI since Mineski. This victory, among others, was mentioned by Jimmy as the highest peak of his career.
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