Steven R. August 27, 2019
The International 2019 is now over, and with that comes a reboot of the professional Dota 2 scene.
The post-TI9 shuffle is officially underway and two teams have been turned upside down. Mineski is set to undergo heavy changes while Complexity Gaming’s roster has disbanded entirely.
Over the last few days, a number of Mineski players have taken to Twitter and posted that they are looking for a new team. This includes support players Michael "ninjaboogie" Ross and Ryan "Bimbo" Jay Qui, as well as carry Nikolay "Nikobaby" Nikolov. Mid laner Kam "Moon" Boon Seng and offlaner Damien "kpii" Chok have not commented on their status with the team as of this writing.
Mineski qualified for The International 2019 through the Southeast Asia qualifiers and generally exceeded expectations with a solid group stage run. They finished in ninth place after losing to Team Secret.
Complexity Gaming has been a reasonably competitive team in the North American region but arguably posted its worst year to date this season. The organization qualified for just one major and performed poorly at other live tournaments it competed in. This was coupled with repeated roster changes at every position outside Linus "Limmp" Blomdin in the mid lane and Zakari "Zfreek" Freedman as the 4 support. This ends Zfreek’s five-year run with the organization.
The timing of the move is interesting for Complexity. Earlier in the week, Complexity CEO Jason Lake panned the performance of his Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team after it quickly washed out of the StarLadder Berlin Major. From there, he invited free agents to reach out and discussed his intention to “build a juggernaut.”
Lake did not comment on Complexity’s Dota 2 team, but it is easy to wonder if the organization might be looking to make splashy signings in both titles.
Either way, the shakeups to Mineski and Complexity are likely to be followed by many more roster moves in and around Dota 2.