compLexity will be looking for a place in Kiev Major via the open qualifier route as Antonio “canceL” Mihai steps down from active roster. The change in the lineup is effective immediately and the team will be seeking out a replacement in the next upcoming weeks. It seems canceL will be taking a break from Dota 2 for a short time span and will not be competing on another team any time soon.
— compLexity Gaming (@compLexityLive) February 16, 2017
compLexity Gaming just announced that their Romanian mid laner, Antonio “canceL” Mihai, has stepped down from the active roster – effective immediately.
The change in lineup will mean that the North American squad will need to survive the unforgiving open qualifiers to find a place in the Kiev Major.
While changes like these are never easy, we want to thank canceL for his mature approach to the situation, from being self-aware enough to recognize that there was an issue, to volunteering to step down for the betterment of the team.
According to the release from the organization, canceL will be returning to his home country and taking a break from the competitive scene.
canceL was recruited in September, fresh blood who had begun his career in 2015 and had minimal professional experience prior to his stint with coL.
Unfortunately in the recent qualifiers I was not performing at a level that I expected of myself, and I felt I was holding the team back. As a result I decided to take some time to work on my play individually, rather than holding my team back. I am stepping down in the hopes that the team can find someone that is able to help them win, while I improve on my own. I would like to thank coL.Dota, compLexity, and the fans for the good times. I’m sorry to have disappointed this time, but I will keep working hard and I will not give up.
– Antonio “canceL” Mihai
In the next few weeks the team will be trying out and selecting a replacement.
For most of The International 6 regional qualifiers, coL looked confident, consistent and composed. Had they not dropped a game to FDL during the Round Robin stage, they would have been the first team to qualify for the main event in the Americas region. Unfortunately, they were left with a Wild Card spot and, once in Seattle, they failed to advance to the group stage and main event.
Following TI6, The compLexity Gaming 2017 roster brought three new faces to the organization. David “Moo” Hull, Justin “jk” Rosselle and Antonio “canceL^^” Mihai joined core members Kyle “melonzz” Freedman and Zakari “Zfreek” Freedman.
In November, Justin ‘jk’ Rosselle was moved to inactive status after some internal concerns. The team registered Jaron “Monkeys-Forever” Clinton as their official substitute and played with the team in both Northern Arena BEAT Invitational (taking 7-8th place) and then Boston Major where they placed 9-16th.
The team made no changes coming into the Kiev Major season but kept falling short of being able to qualify for the major LAN tournaments they tried for.
compLexity Gaming roster
Kyle “melonzz” Freedman
Zakari “Zfreek” Freedman
David “Moo” Hull
Jaron “Monkeys-Forever” Clinton