A day after the announcement of the invites for the next Dota 2 Major, Mineski have announced the five-man unit they believe will bring them success in the coming months. With the Dota 2 Major due to take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in just a couple of months, teams have been scrabbling to put their rosters together as quickly as possible, with this one of the more highly anticipated constructions.
There are some big names in the team, but most of the comments after the announcement centred around the introduction of Jackie Thiay, or JT as he prefers to be called in game. The position one player from Malaysia is a relatively unknown player, at least to western audiences, who previously represented the ‘Geek fam’ squad in Malaysia under the moniker ‘March’. His record in that part of the world is not impressive per se, but the chance to carry for Mineski might be what he needs to prove his world class.
The return of Febby
Around JT are some slightly more familiar names, with the likes of Chai "Mushi" Yee Fung, Kim "Febby" Yong-min and former Newbee man Damien "kpii" Chok all recruited to play under the Mineski banner. They will be joined by the aforementioned JT and Kam "Moon" Boon Seng, with former VGJ Storm coach Aaron "Clairvoyance" Kim brought in to provide a little help for the brains trust.
Fans are interested by the lineup, and particularly how Mushi will fare captaining the team from position five, having spent the majority of his time in mid as a Dota 2 player. With such a short break before the Kuala Lumpur qualifiers start, you can be sure the grind will be real for all these new teams as they look to fall into place as quickly as possible and begin to play as a unit, and Mineski have enough experience in their team not to worry about that too much.
They’ll be gearing up for the KL qualifiers soon, as we said, and launching into arguably the toughest region to get out of. Unlike CIS, EU and NA, the SEA region only puts forward two teams for the Major, when there is a strong argument to say they have as many world class-teams as any of those other regions, if not more. Mineski will be hoping to show that with their new five as 2018 draws to a close in their part of the world.