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After several days of amazing fun and drama, the SEA region’s open and closed qualifiers are finally over. As expected, it all came down to Mineski and Team Jinesbrus to determine which team would head to Shanghai for Dota 2‘s The International 2019 (TI9). In the end, Mineski will join the other two best SEA teams right now – Fnatic and TNC.
The Dota 2 SEA region welcomes another familiar face, as Mineski hurdled the Qualifiers to earn a spot at the upcoming TI9. Despite being considered a top team in the region, it was not easy going for the team. Mineski hadn’t had a really good showing this DPC Season. It didn’t help that the team experienced a number of changes on its roster before settling on the current lineup.
The members of the team are Kam “Moon” Boon Seng, Damien “kpii” Chok, Ryan Jay “Bimbo” Qui, and Michael “ninjaboogie” Ross Jr. Rounding up the roster is Nikolay “Nikobaby” Nikolov, who joined the team just last month.
Road to TI9
Nikolay “Nikobaby” Nikolov will be joining as as our carry player as we aim to qualify for TI2019. Our finalized roster:
— Mineski Pro Team | StarLadder Minor (@MineskiProTeam) June 26, 2019
The SEA powerhouse decided to make a roster change just before these qualifiers by adding one of the best Bulgarian players right now – Nikobaby. Having said that, the team definitely did not shine during the Group Stage. They made many errors which could have led to their demise. Still, in the end, they managed to prevail.
During the playoffs, Mineski had little to no trouble dealing with Team Jinesbrus, as they ripped through their enemies. However, the drama meter was very high against Team Adroit. Not only did the favorites drop the first game of the series, but they were nearly on the edge of dropping the second one, too. Despite that, several unsuccessful plays from Team Adroit gave Mineski a chance, and they took the game. Having the mental advantage on their side, they also took the third game and a spot at the Grand Final.
Niko and Co. had to face Febby’s stack once again, but, this time the stakes were much higher. The first game between the two teams was fairly even during the early stages. However, as soon as Jinesbrus got the lead, Mineski was just unable to recover. Jinesbrus won the first game. Realizing their mistakes, they went into game two with a different mindset. After picking some of their most comfortable heroes, Mineski had a relatively easy time and brought the series into a game three.
Unlike the previous two games, this one was a walk in the park for the Team Jinesbrus. They had a very aggressive lineup which Mineski had no way to deal with. In less than 30 minutes, kpii and his teammates were brought to their knees.
Despite the heavy loss, Mineski looked absolutely on fire in the next two games of the series. To say that the fifth game was close is a true understatement. They were able to win both of these games in around 40 minutes, which meant they had secured a spot to Shanghai for the biggest Dota 2 event – The International 2019.
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This is Chandan Padhi. An avid esports fanatic. Gaming is a passion, writing is a hobby.
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