With its Pro Circuit season officially at an end, the Southeast Asian organization is looking to make some changes to its roster in anticipation of the upcoming TI9 Qualifiers
Mineski’s 2018-2019 Pro Circuit campaign came to an end around 1 week ago, as the squad finished in the 5th-6th place position at the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Season 2 in Kiev. That showing on the Pro Circuit stage left the squad short of the mark to claim a Top 12 spot in the Pro Circuit Rankings and a direct invite to TI9, meaning the Southeast Asian team needs to put together a successful run in the upcoming TI9 Qualifiers if it wants to earn itself a place in Shanghai for the biggest event in the Dota 2 world. As the squad prepares for a run in said qualifier, it will apparently be doing so with an altered roster, as Mineski announced today that it is parting ways with Carry Lai “Ahjit” Jay Son. At the time of the team’s announcement, no official replacement has been revealed, though the organization did state that it would be announcing its new roster in the near future.
Ahjit’s departure from the Mineski lineup brings to an end a relatively short partnership between the organization and its Malaysian Carry, as Ahjit had only joined the squad near the end of January. As a member of Mineski, Ahjit helped the squad attend a pair of Pro Circuit Majors in the DreamLeague Season 11 and MDL Disneyland Paris Majors, and most recently attended the aforementioned StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Season 2 with the squad as well. Ahjit was a big part of Mineski’s surge in the second half of the season, with the squad rattling off 4 straight Top 4 finishes following his addition to the team. A professional of the Southeast Asian scene since 2015, Ahjit carries a fair bit of success and experience with him as he enters free agency for the second time this season, having previously left the roster of Tigers in January to become a member of Mineski. Between his previous experience on the professional level, and his averages of 7.25 kills and 7.80 assists on 2.70 deaths per game in 113 matches for Mineski, there will surely be quite a market for Ahjit’s considerable skill set heading into the build up for the TI9 Qualifiers.
The roster of Mineski following the departure of Ahjit:
Kam “Moon” Boon Seng (Mid)
Damien “kpii” Chok (Offlane)
Ryan “Bimbo” Jay Qui (Support)
Michael “ninjaboogie” Ross Jr. (Support, Captain)
Tang “71” Wenyi (Coach)
Zak “DashOCE” Holman (Manager)