The late-season roster change plus a grueling five-game grand finals put Mineski to the extreme pressure which they ultimately tookover for a spot at TI9.
Mineski had a not-so-exciting performance at the start of the qualifiers and was on the brink of not even making it to the playoffs. But they proved many of the fans wrong when then shined and secured a TI9 invite themselves.
After winning over Team Jinesbrus, a Korean team, with a 2:0 sweep early on, Mineski then overpowered Team Adroit, PH Team, for the first slot in the grand finals where they once again had to face the Korean majority team.
It was indeed a thrilling way to gain an invite to the pinnacle of all Dota 2 competition of the year. A full five-game series tested the limits of each team and bumped up the intensity of the SEA qualifiers.
Fnatic and TNC Predator will be joined by Mineski in representing the SEA region this TI9. With China in close proximity to the region, fans are expected to be out in full force to support and cheer for their local teams.
It’s notable that just less than three weeks ago Mineski made a big leap and made a decision to change their lineup. They know that being 16th place in terms of DPC wasn’t going to cut it. Despite a good run during the season, only the top 12 teams were invited to TI9. Something needed to change for them to push past the noise and break that barrier that kept them from reaching higher ground. Parting ways with Lai ‘Ahjit’ Jay Son, they recruited Bulgarian player Nikolay “Nikobaby” Nikolov to round out the roster.
Nikolay “Nikobaby” Nikolov
Kam ‘NaNa/Moon’ Boon Seng
Damien ‘kpii’ Chok
Ryan ‘Bimbo’ Jay Qui
Michael ‘Ninjaboogie’ Ross
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