After a 9th-12th place finish at TI9, Mineski appears to be parting ways with multiple members of its roster
Note: At the original time of this post, Nikobaby and ninjaboogie had indicated their departure from Mineski. Since that initial post, Bimbo (a.k.a Raging Potato) has also indicated that he is looking for a new team.
OG stands as the first ever 2-time TI Champion in Shanghai, and the first squad to win back to back iterations of the event. Even as the celebrations around TI9 begin to wind down though, the Dota 2 world looks to the horizon for the start of the next season. The offsesaon is now officially upon us, with teams around the world set to shift their focus towards shoring up their lineups for the upcoming 2019-2020 Pro Circuit season. One squad appears to already be heading for some changes, as TI9 participant Mineski looks to be parting ways with both its Support and Captain, Michael “ninjaboogie” Ross Jr, and Carry Nikolay “Nikobaby” Nikolov. Both players have made posts to Twitter stating that they are looking for a new team for the upcoming season (with ninjaboogie also making a post on his Facebook account). As of right now, Mineski has made no official statement confirming the departure of either player.
However, should either player truly be looking for a new squad, there will certainly be no shortage of opportunities for both the veteran captain and the talented Carry. Over the course of his career, ninjaboogie has attended 2 TIs, 10 Majors, and 7 Minors, and was part of the Mineski roster that won the first and only Major Championship title in the history of Southeast Asia with a 1st place finish at DAC 2018 last season. Meanwhile, Nikobaby’s time at the professional level has not been quite as successful, but his stints within the Southeast Asian region, and his impressive play at TI9 with Mineski have almost certainly served to display his skill to squads looking to recruit a new member. Whether either player chooses to join another roster or put together an entirely new team of their own, the potential free agency of both former Mineski players will attract a fair bit of attention in the region as the offseason roster shuffle period begins in earnest.
Edit: Following the original publishing of this post, Support Ryan “Raging Potato” Jay Qui has also tweeted that he is looking for a new team. A link to said tweet can be found here.
The roster of Mineski following the (unconfirmed) departures of Nikobaby, Raging potato, and ninjaboogie:
Kam “Moon” Boon Seng (Mid)
Damien “kpii” Chok (Offlane)
Zak “DashOCE” Holman (Manager)