SUNSfan and syndereN Reflect on Somnus, Chalice, and fy's Exit from Azure Ray's Dota 2 Roster

Azure Ray encountered a significant roster shakeup with the departure of Lu "Somnus" Yao, Yang "Chalice" Shenyi, and Xu "fy" Linsen, sparking discussions on the We Say Things podcast episode 217. Co-hosts Shannon "SUNSfan" Scotten and Troels Lyngholt "syndereN" Nielsen delved into the unexpected exit of these seasoned veterans and speculated on their future in competitive Dota 2.

In the podcast released on November 30, 2023, SUNSfan expressed surprise at the sudden changes in Azure Ray's lineup, considering the team's remarkable achievements in a relatively brief period. He pondered over the team's decision despite their commendable performance at TI.

syndereN echoed SUNSfan's sentiments, highlighting the team's motivation, particularly centered around TI rather than enduring the year-round grind. He marveled at the remarkable prowess of these players, capable of forming a formidable team amidst the season to clinch a top-four finish at TI12.

Azure Ray's Remarkable Journey and Uncertain Future

The trio's departure from Azure Ray, formed merely in May 2023, comes after qualifying for the Bali Major and impressively securing the fourth position at TI12, participating in only four tournaments throughout their short stint.

While uncertainty looms over the competitive futures of Somnus, Chalice, and fy, indications suggest varying paths for each player. Somnus has hinted at reduced professional involvement in his live streams, casting doubts on his immediate return. On the other hand, Chalice and fy's futures remain less definitive, leaving speculations about their potential returns.

As the departing trio creates a vacuum, Azure Ray introduces replacements featuring prominent Chinese figures like Guo "Xm" Hongcheng, Zhao "XinQ" Zixing, and Lin "Xxs" Jing. The team gears up for ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023, commencing on December 11, 2023, embracing the challenge of a revamped roster.

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