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Maple Retires From League of Legends
- Three-time PCS champion retires from professional League of Legends
- Huang "Maple" Yi-Tang announced the news on Tuesday, October 17
- The decision comes following a disappointing run at LoL Worlds 2023
Huang "Maple" Yi-Tang
On Tuesday, October 17, Huang "Maple" Yi-Tang announced his retirement from professional League of Legends. The 26-year-old has decided to cut his esports career short following his team’s elimination from League of Legends World Championship 2023.
Maple, mostly known for his time with the Flash Wolves, has decided to step away from professional League of Legends on Tuesday, ending his esports career, which spanned over ten years. The Taiwanese mid laner has, over the years, made a name for himself as one of the best players in his country and has solidified his status as a League of Legends Master Series (LMS) legend.
Maple started his career in 2013 with Gamania Bears before he joined yoe Flash Wolves, with whom he has made a name for himself as one of the best players in the region. With Flash Wolves, Maple dominated the LMS (now PCS) and consistently qualified for the Mid-Season Invitational, LoL World Championship and other international events.
After five years with the team, Maple moved from Flash Wolves in 2018 and joined the Chinese team, Suning, and later played for LNG Esports but failed to win a LoL Pro League (LPL). After a two-year stay in the LPL, Maple returned to his home region and joined PSG Talon, with whom he won two PCS titles in 2021.
In 2022, Maple travelled overseas to join TSM in the LoL Championship Series (LCS); however, he couldn’t help TSM accomplish much and was cut from the team after just one split. Following a disappointing debut in the LCS; Maple took a year off competing and returned to PSG Talon, with whom he won another PCS title and helped the team qualify for LoL World Championship 2023.
Unfortunately, his seventh LoL Worlds appearance was rather short-lived. PSG Talon were one of the favourites to make it through the Play-Ins and into the Swiss Stage, but the PCS first seed fell short and lost a close game against Team BDS in the decider match.
Shortly after the disappointing showing at LoL Worlds 2023, Maple decided to hang up his mouse and keyboard and leave the LoL esport scene after 10 years.
It is unclear what Maple’s plans for the future are, but as a highly experienced player, he will likely have options to remain involved in the LoL esports, possibly as a coach.