After leading the team for more than a year and a half, Chai ‘Mushi’ Yee Fung bids farewell to Mineski. This comes after a disappointing start to the 2018-2019 DPC season.
Mushi joined the team in March 20 2017 and went on to lead the team of superstars to their first LAN title. Under his leadership, Mineski became the first SEA team to lift the Dota 2 Asia Championship (DAC) trophy. It was also the first time a SEA team had won a major. The team went on to dominate the SEA region, constantly getting the upper hand over rivals TNC Predator and Fnatic. Unfortunately, they finished the season with a disappointing 9-12th place in The International 2018.
Following the departure of Daryl Koh ‘iceiceice‘ Pei Xiang, Michael ‘ninjaboogie‘ Ross and Anucha ‘Jabz‘ Jirawong, the team brought in other star players as replacements. They signed Kim ‘Febby‘ Yong-Min (formerly from Team Immortal and MVP. Phoenix) and Damien ‘kpii‘ Chok (from Newbee). Additionally, they brought in a relatively new player, Thiay ‘JT-‘ Jun Wen from GeekFam. Mushi made the change from carry to support to better suit his captain role.
The new team however, did not take flight just as planned. Their disappointing start saw them lose out to their closest rivals, Fnatic, TNC Predator and Tigers, all with strong rosters. Mineski failed to qualify for the Kuala Lumpur Major and the DreamLeague Season 10 Minor. Furthermore, they did not make it out of the group stage in ESL Hamburg 2018, finishing at the bottom. Their only success in the current season is winning the Red Bull Guardians which featured a different mode of Dota 2.
I'm officially a free agent now. Thanks Mineski for taking care of me all this while and I hope both the organisation and team will have good future.
Following the poor start, a roster change was expected to happen. Mushi had announced that he is currently a free agent. It would not be surprising to see an organization picking him up as he is an experienced player and has led many teams to success. It is also possible to see Mushi form a new team like he what he did in the past with Team Malaysia. However, it is unknown whether he will return to his carry position or stick to a support role.
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