Chinese Social Summary: Feb 7 — Feb 17, 2014 (and tributes to Zhou)

The past few days have been increasingly busy, as teams and players gather back following the Chinese New Year holidays. This edition of the summary has its usual fluff, plus hints at what may be in store for the Chinese scene in the next weeks. And of course, storied carry Zhou announced his retirement, so Dotaland has reactions from around the scene translated for your perusal. Explanation of add oil here.

Fy

Birthday: It was Fy’s birthday on Feb 12.

ZSMJ

Low priority: “Dropped twice from games in one day, twice put in low priority, what’s up with that? :'(”

IceFrog

Holiday spirit (with pics): “Today at the mall, I attended a traditional Chinese New Year performance. There were even some Chinese kids performing dragon dance.”

Ferrari_430

Snow: “Just woke up, heard it snowed in Wuhan, went out and saw nothing”
Valentine birthday (with young Ferrari pic): “Happy Lantern Festival, Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone~~~~ And also, happy birthday to me~ :D:D:D”
It’s cold at iG team house: “I thought I’d be able to play without worries after getting back, who knew the heat would break down, I’m freezing like a dog!”

At the same time, ChuaN is also cold…: “Freezing like a dog” (could they both be at the iG team house?!)

Sylar

Matchmaking woes: “Straight lost 200 points, what a disastrous day”

Tributes to Zhou (not comprehensive, but a good selection)

Pikaxiu (tournament admin, contributor): “If I said I understood you, perhaps I don’t know you enough, I haven’t competed professionally before. If I said I didn’t understand you, I think I still can feel what’s going on inside. I remember that day, you and I chatted from an entire afternoon on QQ, we exchanged a lot of experiences and heartfelt thoughts. I feel you are a very sincere person, and I hope your future path is just as your competing career was, one height after another.”

Ferrari_430: “Add oil, the road ahead is long”

Mu: “Big Zhou add oil! I look fondly upon those short few months where we were teammates”

Faith: “Zhou add oil!”

banana: “Zhou-god add oil, your future path is very long”

LaNm: “I wish you success in your new life, just as your career was brilliant”

BurNIng: “Zhou-god add oil”

ChuaN: “Add oil, I wish you success in your new career”
Zhou’s words for ChuaN: “ChuaN, I don’t want to lecture you, but you should really work hard this time coming back.”

Sky (of Warcraft 3 fame): “Sending my good wishes to Zhou-god, you will find success in your new field. :)”

YYF: “Add oil, I hope you find even greater success”

Yao: “Good wishes”

King (ACE head): “Retiring isn’t an end, it’s just a new beginning. Zhou-god add oil”

LongDD: “Many of my viewers ask me, you’re so good, who were you most fearful of facing? And I can only light a cigarette, think a bit, and every time I think of you, Zhou-god. Add oil”

ZSMJ: “Zhou-god’s results and achievements speak for themselves. Even if we are no longer on the same paths from today onwards, we can still support each other. No matter what you do in the future, I hope your passion never fades.”

rOtK: “Add oil big Zhou. Wait for me a few months and we’ll commentate together hand in hand :)”
Zhou’s response to rOtK: “That’s not so good, Chinese Dota 2 needs you”

2009: “Zhou-god add oil!”

CuZn (TongFu manager): “I used to feel that Zhou-zhou’s external appearances were cold, but after working together for a period, I found that he is someone with a fire in his heart, and is full of passion towards Dota 2 and life. Of course, after that he became part of our TongFu jokester squad! I hope you can create new glories for yourself in your new field, just as you said yourself: persevere towards your dreams, step by step. Good luck.”

Zhou’s added thoughts: “Through the course of my career, anywhere I may have offended anyone, here I want to sincerely express my apologies. I hope to receive your forgiveness. And I hope that my friends who are still competing can add oil. I won’t ramble on more, but TI4 will be China’s! I want to once again see our flag rising in Seattle, that beautiful city.”

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