A former player revealed that the European squad disbanded in the wake of its unsuccessful TI8 Qualifier run.
European squad BlinkPool was a rather late addition to the field of team’s in the region for the TI8 Qualifiers, as the team formed at the start of June for the purpose of making a run through said qualifiers. Though the team managed to fight through the Open Qualifier, it fell short of securing a place in Vancouver as it finished 3rd overall in the TI8 Europe Qualifier. After that performance, the team essentially went inactive leading up to TI8, and team captain Rasmus “MISERY” Filipsen’s decision to join paiN Gaming at TI8 as a coach cast some doubts as to whether BlinkPool was going to survive the offseason. In an interview with esportsheaven.com, offlaner Maurice “KheZu” Gutmann confirmed that the squad has effectively disbanded following its qualifier run and that he is in search of a new team for the upcoming 2018-2019 season.
At this stage, it is unclear what the future plans are for any of the now former members of the BlinkPool lineup. As of right now, MISERY is still presumably serving as paiN Gaming’s coach, and it is not known whether he will remain in the South American region or return to a position as an action player somewhere else. As for the other 4 members of BlinkPool, they represent talented players within the European region with a fair bit of international experience under their belts. The Greek duo of Omar “Madara” Dabachach and Greg “Keyser” Kallianiotis have already given all-Greek team compositions a try in years past with squads like London Conspiracy and Ad Finem. Either 1 or both players could attempt to form another squad with some of their countrymen, or could look to join or create a mixed nationality roster within the European region. As for the other 2 former members of BlinkPool in KheZu and Martin “Saksa” Sazdov, there are a multitude of options available as well. Both players have accrued a respectable level of experience on the international level over the past few years, and would be strong additions to an existing squad or even solid building blocks for the foundation of a new team altogether. While this news confirms that BlinkPool as a team will not likely be seen this season, don’t be surprised if some or even all of the squad’s former players end up finding notable teams before the roster registration deadline.
The former roster of BlinkPool:
Omar “Madara” Dabachach (Carry)
Greg “Keyser” Kallianiotis (Mid)
Maurice “KheZu” Gutmann (Offlane)
Rasmus “MISERY” Filipsen (Support, Captain)
Martin “Saksa” Sazdov (Support)
Allen “Bonkers” Cook (Manager)