The Chinese squad will have a slightly altered look as it hopes to earn its first Pro Circuit event appearance of the season.
The Open Qualifier for the upcoming DreamLeague Season 11 Major are very nearly upon us, and even as the Pro Circuit’s best squads compete on the big stage at The Chongqing Major, the rest of the Dota 2 world is gearing up for their shot to earn a place on the Pro Circuit stage in Stockholm. The latest squad to make changes in pursuit of an appearance at a Pro Circuit event is Newbee, as the organization announced an alteration to its lineup for the upcoming qualifiers. First, the team has officially moved Carry Xu “Moogy” Han back into an active role on the roster, while Offlaner He “Inflame” Yongzheng will become inactive for the organization. In place of Inflame, the team announced that it will be adding Malaysian player Thiay “JT-” Jun Wen to its roster, who comes over on loan from Mineski in the Southeast Asian region.
With JT- playing for Newbee for its open qualifier run though, there are some questions that may need to be answered in the coming days. Mineski has already been directly invited to the Southeast Asia Closed Qualifier for the DreamLeague Season 11 Major, which ostensibly is the reason why JT- has been freed up to play for Newbee in the open qualifiers. However, should Newbee win that open qualifier and advance to the Closed Qualifier stage, then it is unclear what will happen. Either JT- will be returned to Mineski, in which case Newbee will need to find another stand-in or sign a new player to its roster, or Mineski will have to play through its regional qualifier with a stand-in. Of course, all of that would be dependent on Newbee winning the open qualifier with JT- in the lineup, so far now those concerns can be laid aside as we prepare to see the young player face off against the Chinese region.
The roster of Newbee for its open qualifier run:
Xu “Moogy” Han (Carry)
Song “Sccc” Chun (Mid)
Thiay “JT-” Jun Wen (Offlane, Loan)
Yan “Waixi” Chao (Support)
Zeng “Faith” Hongda (Support, Captain)
Wang “Banana” Jiao (Coach)
Gao “GX” Shunxing (Manager)