The Stockholm Major isn’t even over yet, but teams who ended their journey prematurely are already making some changes.
Note that some of the changes listed below are not linked to the Major directly, but it’s simply the timing or the fact that certain teams failed to qualify for any of the upcoming events.
Mason rumored to no longer be part of Infamous
Just two weeks ago, Peruvian team Infamous announced that their fifth player to finalize the roster will be Mason “mason” Venne. Currently, there’s still no official info from the team or mason himself. Infamous took part in the ongoing DreamLeague Season 11, finishing at the bottom of their group with a single victory against Fnatic. In the playoffs of the lower bracket, they managed to defeat EHOME, but fell victim to Team Secret shortly after.
Micke shifts to sub, Madara to replace him in Alliance
Alliance have been out of the spotlight for some time now. Due to ongoing wrist issues, Michael “miCKe” Nguyen will be temporally replaced by Omar “Madara” Dabachach.
The news came from the team’s official Twitter:
Whether Alliance will manage to find synergy with the newly-appointed stand-in and qualify for the Disneyland Major remains to be seen.
Moonmeander leaves Tigers
David “Moonmeander” Tan is no longer part of the Malaysian Tigers. He has formed a new stack with Quinn “CC&C” Callahann, Ravindu “Ritsu” Kodippili, Malthe “Biver” Winther and Kartik “Kitrak” Rathi in preparation for the upcoming Paris Major qualifiers.
With Moonmeander leaving, Tigers have already found a replacement in Kim “Velo” Tae-sung. If Moon and his new stack make it to the French event, we’ll probably see them stick together. Otherwise, he’ll probably return to being a free agent.
Flying Penguins disband
We last saw Penguins in the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Kiev Minor, where they placed 3rd-4th, losing to Gambit Esports in the semifinals. Jacky “EternalEnvy” Mao’s newly-formed team is no more, as they disbanded a few days back. Knowing Mao, we’ll probably see another stack forming for the aforementioned qualifiers. The team lasted for almost three months which was way more than anyone expected. Their most memorable moment was beating Evil Geniuses with a 2-1 score in the NA DreamLeague Season 11 closed qualifiers. Right after that great start, Penguins lost twice in a row in the playoffs and ended their otherwise interesting run.
Mineski bid farewell to Febby and pieliedie
Another team which got eliminated in the Stockholm lower bracket playoffs was Mineski. The organization announced that Kim “Febby” Yong-min and Johan “pieliedie” Åström are no longer part of the team. The news came from the organization’s official Twitter.
Febby spent almost half a year with Mineski, while pieliedie recently crossed the four-month mark. Considering the team was a shadow of itself before they joined, the two players managed to qualify for both ESL One Katowice and DreamLeague Season 11. Their replacements should become clear in the days to follow.
More changes might follow right after the end of the Stockholm Major and before the start of MDL Disneyland Paris qualifiers.
Image credit: Mineski.