NaNiwa exited to a chorus of boos at IEM Katowice in what may have been the last series of his professional StarCraft 2 career. Prior to the tournament, the Swedish Protoss player had announced that he was taking an indefinitely long break from StarCraft 2, and said that he had barely played any games.
Facing Polt in the round of sixteen, NaNiwa attempted a proxy-gateway rush in Polt's natural expansion. Polt's SCV scouted out the attack, leading NaNiwa to say "xD so fun to play without soundproofing" before GG'ing out of the game. NaNiwa then went on to tweet "no soundproofing at IEM, dont see any point in playing this but wahtever, im done with this after these games xD."
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The series did not reach game two as NaNiwa argued with a tournament administrator about an unspecified problem following game one. Unable to reach a resolution, NaNiwa forfeited the series. NaNiwa was showered with boos from the audience in Katowice as he packed his gear and departed to the backstage area, leaving Polt to perform an awkward winner's interview on stage.