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Apex Spartan

Another Legend leaving the League

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One of eSports' biggest stars retires with repetitive strain injury





If you're into eSports, then it's highly likely that you would have heard of Hai Lam. He's best known as the Mid Laner and captain of Cloud9, which is regarded as the best US eSports team for the popular online multiplayer game League of Legends. Nonetheless, just less than a week after his team finished second in the North American Championship Series, Cloud9's shotcaller has announced he's getting out of the game. Like football players are forced to retire when their knees give out, a persistent wrist injury means Lam can no longer mix it with other A-list players on the big stage.



Apparently it's more than just a wrist injury. Cloud 9 hasn't had a good time lately and probably won't even get to League Of Legends World Championship for 2015 this fall. Lam said his teammates lost confidence in his playing ability which also had a big weight on his decision. 



I personally follow a lot of E-sports and the LCS and everything so I'm into this a lot, in League and other games too. I really liked C9 despite all their downsides, I really hoped they would pull something off, make good plays somewhere but to be honest with Hai leaving now, I'm not going to be following C9 that much anymore as he was one of my favorites. I think he weighted them down at some points but we will see that now.



Also he's had a big accident with his lungs that kept him going to ALL-STARS in Paris last year but despite the pain and everything, he still supported the team from the other side of the world.


He played the game from his hospital bed. 



In a show of ultimate dedication, Lam put in a 5-hour practice session last night, complete with oxygen mask and hospital gown. To add to the theme, he played League of Legends champions with medical skins, such as Nurse Akali and Surgeon Shen.

Lam's lungs might be in bad shape, but his spirits are clearly fine. For his fans, they’re just excited to continue being able to watch him play—oxygen mask and all.





I guess the poor guy has no luck with health. 



I actually experienced a similar thing, also had huge issues with my lungs and was hospitilized. I got my laptop and tried to play the game from bed but it was just too hard to focus with all the pain and everything and this guy did it with such ease, plus while streaming. While playing the top A game with some of the best players in high elos.

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Dang he was one of my favorite players because of his work ethic :( its sad to see him go I already knew he was leaving but its nice to see someone else in the angry army shares my feels

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