The first two-time winner of The International, Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka, is returning to the world of Dota 2. The former OG player announced the news via Twitter.
“I’m excited to announce that I’ll be back around dota,” JerAx said in his Tweet, adding that he “won’t be playing competitively.” He also acknowledged fans learning he won’t be competing professionally upon his return might be disappointed by the news. His announcement came right on the heels of OG parting ways with Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng, leading fans to momentarily believe that JerAx might be coming back to OG to reform The International winning dream squad.
JerAx will be streaming Dota 2 for the first time since his retirement in early 2020. He will be live on his Twitch channel on March 27, 2021, at 12PM CET. “I’ll go further into details on my stream on [the] 27th,” JerAx said, quipping that he “was thinking of playing the tutorial, might need it.”
The Finn had risen to fame as an outstanding Earth Spirit playmaker in the position 4 Soft Support role. He had played for a variety of European teams alongside players like SingSing, Wagamama, Trixi, MATUMBAMAN, Vaalix, and Buugi. After a disappointing run with the NA team, Team Tinker, JerAx joined MVP HOT6ix to rise to greater fame, qualifying for The International 2015, but the team performed disappointingly.
Shortly after, JerAx joined Team Liquid. The squad proved formidable, to say the least, consistently finishing second in premier Valve tournaments. JerAx was then picked by OG, where he stayed until his retirement in 2020. The player rose to unprecedented fame and prominence as one of the scariest and most skilled position 4 players in the world off the back of heroes like Tusk, Rubick, Earthshaker, and – his signature – Earth Spirit.
It was in OG that he won two back-to-back TIs with the help of ana, Topson, Ceb, and N0tail, coached by Sockshka. These two wins helped him push his net worth to US$ 6+ million.
After a solid four years with the OG squad, JerAx had announced his surprise retirement. OG had released the 28-year-old’s statement at the time where he had stated, “I have no willingness nor passion to play Dota 2 anymore, and I have trouble fitting myself into my competitor’s shoes. For me the decision to pursue to another direction is clear, and I have no doubts about it.”
After a long heartbreak, Dota 2 fans are in for a treat, once again. Whether JerAx’s stay will be a temporary one or a permanent one, it never gets old seeing the legend playing the game. Stay tuned for his stream to know more.