With increasing attention on the recent roster change, our official announcement is as follows:
Huang "LongDD" Xiang has left our team. After talking with him, he has said that he will take a temporary break with interest in streaming and making videos. No matter what direction LongDD wishes to take, every member of LGD will support him and we wish that he will continue the next chapter of his legend in whatever field he pursues.
In other important news, LGD.Taobao.SC (DD) has officially returned to the team. DD had previously taken a period of recovery after having received surgery during which he continued to pay attention to DOTA2, including various tournament broadcasts. DD has fully recovered and will focus entirely on practicing after returning to the team. We hope that our supporters will give him additional support and encouragement.
In all issues relating to TI3's invitational slot, LGD Esports Club will respect Valve's decision and arrangements. All team members will focus on training and adjusting their condition, to strive for any future tournament with all of their strength.
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Source: XiiTuzi, official LGD press manager
Update: LGD has released a more detailed explanation of events
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Translated by TanGeng
1. It was after LongDD left Tongfu that he initiated contact with out players, strongly requesting to come to our team and demonstrate that he would diligently train and perform well.
2. At this moment, with DD temporary out for convalescence from sickness, we acquiesced to LongDD's requests.
3. When LongDD first joined the club, we were fairly satisfied with his performance, and after some discussion, DD returning from time off switched into a commentary role, and we formally announced LongDD as part of the team.
4. After publicizing LongDD's formally joining the club, we felt that he was not as diligent as he was at the beginning, and slowly revealed some personal problems. After some discussion and interaction, he still didn't change his behavior, and his attitude was not as proactive. After discussing it with him, he decided to retired. We also asked him to stay and operate in another capacity, but he expressed desired to return home and rest for a short period of time, so we respected his wishes.
5. As we had several big competitions on the horizon, we did also consider finding other players to test out but to no end. (we did not directly invite anyone)
6. When we received TI3 Invitation, us five already understood the severity of the situation, and knew that we could not arbitrarily change players. We respect Valve's decision, and hope that via our own persistence and effort we can continue forward. We express our utmost apologies for all the difficulties caused by this matter.
7. At this moment, our former player, DD agreed to return, and help everyone get past this difficulty. Thus, we announced the return of DD.