Cap’s degenerative liver illness has pushed him toward retirement
Cap spoke candidly about his struggle with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, a “rare, chronic, and degenerative liver illness with no current solution other than a liver transplant.” He used medication to relieve the severe itching, but it eventually turned into incontinence (an inability to control defecation). He thought about retiring, but it wasn’t something he intended to do for the rest of his career.
Austin "Cap" Walsh Dota 2 career
Dota 2 content creator and independent caster Austin “Cap” Walsh, has participated in semi-professional Dota 2 competitions with groups like Gamer University and Vegetables Esports Club. Austin’s casting career began with Heroes of Newerth, which he did for the well-known website GameReplays. Alongside TobiWan, he began casting Dota 2 in November 2013, when he joined the joinDOTA casting team.
Cap shared his struggles with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, which he defined as a “rare, chronic, and progressive liver illness with no existing cure other than liver transplant,” and Ulcerative Colitis, which affects 75% of people with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis. Following his COVID-19 diagnosis, the symptoms worsened. He addressed the severe itching with drugs, but it eventually turned into incontinence (an inability to control pooing).
He tweeted that had to wear diapers while participating in the ESL One Malaysia casting. Austin decided to leave and join DOTA and go back to the United States in August 2016 to embark on a career as an independent broadcaster.
The only short-term solace he could find from the itching was the cold. The momentary respite provided by ice packs and cold showers was sufficient. During these times, he had trouble sleeping since he would frequently wake up tearing at particular parts of my skin. On one of his legs, he scratched so frequently that the hair stopped growing there.
Cap’s healing and maybe it’s not the end
Fortunately, he discovered that the symptoms were made worse by the prescription he had been taking to stop itching, which is good news for Cap and Dota 2 fans who can’t handle the notion of not watching him cast. When he stopped using the medication, the symptoms “returned to something far more manageable” shortly after. The renowned caster isn’t yet declaring the end of his brilliant career because of this.
Cap is searching for the appropriate medication. He is also aware that his illness has no known treatment, so his symptoms will probably get worse over time and he may require a liver transplant, but for the time being, he plans to live his life normally.
Hoping for cap’s full recovery
Without Austin “Cap” Walsh, the Dota 2 scene would be difficult to envision. The North American caster is among the most liked and well-known members of the community, and he has a great affection for the game. But it almost came to pass. Dota 2 supporters have always stood with him throughout his career, and after reading the touching message from January 9, they came together once more to support him. He is a true treasure to the neighborhood.