Paul “ReDeYe” Chaloner, a household name for every Dota2 fan that follows the professional scene, will miss out on the Boston Major this year.

On a post on his Facebook page yesterday, ReDeYe revealed that he will not appear on the next Valve Major. His post reads:

Right, heads up Dota fans. I won’t be at the Boston Major. No need for any drama, but I wanted to let everyone know now so it doesn’t affect the lead up to the event. I know how we all love the Dotes drama, but we need to avoid it on this one.
Valve were kind enough to let me know personally in advance that I wouldn’t be required for the event. They want to try someone else out and this seemed like a good event to do it and I totally respect their decision to do that.
That said, I am of course disappointed having worked hard on Dota all year and watched more events and matches than anything else, it’s the game I’ve loved most. But as Valve reiterated to me, the decision has nothing to do with my performance at previous events, they just want to try someone new in the position.
They also told me who the person will be and while I don’t want to reveal that (for obvious reasons) I think the DotA community will absolutely love the desk host. I’d personally like to wish that person the very best in the position and hope they do well.
Competition for places, among commentators, analysts and hosts alike is healthy and ensures we all keep up our hard work and practice and never rest on our laurels. We should never take it for granted that we are an automatic choice for anything in esports and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Competition drives me to work harder than ever.
I’d like to do more Dota events next year if I possibly can, so this is very much a “come and get me” appeal to all of the leagues and events that are producing Dota events in 2017.
Until then, enjoy the remaining events this year, have a great time with the Boston Major and support the new talent being used. And I’ll hopefully see you for more Dota in 2017!

ReDeYe is one of the most well-known professional commentators in the Dota scene and has been commentating since ESL Frankfurt in 2014. But ReDeYe has been around for much longer, going into casting for the first time in 2002, commentating on the semi-finals of a Euro Cup game of Unreal Tournament. Aside from commentating, ReDeYe also has extensive experience on everything about e-sports, from marketing, sponsoring, organizing events, and even playing competitively for Quake and Unreal Tournament before 2000.

Although ReDeYe will be missing out on Boston Major, the veteran caster assured his fans that he would be casting in more Dota events this year, and that his absence doesn’t stem from bad performance or any internal issues with Valve. ReDeYe has hosted both The International 5 and 6, and is hoping that by the time TI7 rolls out, he will still be at the announcer’s table, like he always does.

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