Wednesday, the League of Legends team, Royal Never Give Up, announced the retirement of their AD Carry, Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao. RNG stated that Uzi had suffered multiple injuries during his 8-year career with the organization. The legendary Vayne player will no longer play with the team professionally. According to the Twitter post, he is still a member of the organization, just not a player.
Uzi had been advised by medical professionals to sit out during the LPL 2020 Spring Split. While it isn’t specific on what exactly occurred that led to his retirement, we can imagine the injuries he sustained are too serious to compete professionally. “After spring a decision was made and we understood and respected his wishes, and will continue to assist him” stated the RNG Twitter.
Uzi not only is a great player with a long pro LoL history, he is also a record-setting killer. He holds the record for most kills in professional games in the world. The AD Carry made waves across the globe with an insane Pentakill against Invictus Gaming. His Vayne skills will always be an inspiration for any ADC looking to make great plays.
While it is sad to say goodbye to one of the greats, there is the silver lining that he will not be leaving the organization. According to RNG, they will continue to give him support both in his recovery from injury and after. What is left to think about now is what will be waiting in store for Uzi. It is possible he could take on a coaching role in the LPL. Whatever his next step, nobody in the pro scene will ever forget his hard work and skill in the game. The only comment Uzi made about his retirement was a single tweet: “Uzi out (‘-‘)7”.