The biggest Dota 2 team in the Philippines is constructing a new roster with the help of one of Southeast Asia’s star players.
Following his departure from Fnatic on Feb. 6, Malaysian Dota 2 superstar Chai “Mushi” Yee Fung has been selected to handpick the roster of Mineski. For the first time, Mineski is looking to create a roster aimed at attracting the attention of an international audience. A sharp contrast to the team’s previous Dota 2 rosters, which have all primarily consisted of players from the Philippines.
The new Mineski roster is set to be revealed in the coming weeks, and will likely feature an entirely new set of players from the ones that participated in the qualifiers for the Kiev Major on March 13. The roster was only one map away from qualifying from the $3 million event, but ultimately failed after losing to domestic rivals TNC Gaming.
Mushi’s addition will almost certainly help the team with their international reputation, given the many years of success the mid laner enjoyed at the top of competitive Dota 2. Having been part of both Chinese super team DK in 2014, and Fnatic in 2016, the Malaysian player has become a fan favorite among western audiences. Fnatic’s run in 2016 also saw the team place fourth at the International 6 before losing to eventual finalists Digital Chaos, making the squad one of the most successful of the entire year.
But since his team’s success at the International 6, Mushi’s career has taken a considerable nosedive. His final time on Fnatic saw the team struggle, so much so that they failed to qualify for the $3 million Boston Major—the first Valve event since the International 6—on Dec. 3. The majority of the Fnatic roster had already elected to depart from the team before Mushi did so.
With 2017 starting off in less-than-spectacular fashion for Mushi, the veteran mid laner now has a lot to prove with his handpicked roster.