Following the departure of Jio “Jeyo” Madayag and Michael “ninjaboogie” Ross, Mark “cast” Pilar has announced that the three remaining team members will part ways with the South Korean organization Rave and will reassemble with a new roster and team name soon.
Mark “cast” Pilar made the official announcement on his Facebook page:
Our journey with Team Rave-Dota has finally come to an end. Me, Ryoyr, and Chrissy decided to establish our own team as we don’t want to drag Rave in case we encounter failures in the future. We will soon announce our new team name together with our full roster. We would like to say thanks to all of our fans (in case we still have them) who supported us from the start till the end and to all the people behind the team. Once again, thank you very much!
Team Rave then confirmed the roster change on their Facebook page.
Ninjaboogie released a statement regarding his status, denying retirement.
Philippine government support
Team Rave players were supported by a South Korean organization and moved from Philippines to a team house in South Korea. This was done in an effort to give the players better conditions to train and compete in, as the Philippines is widely known to have one of the worst internet conditions in the South East Asian region.
After years of working on it, Senator Bam Aquino has successfully ratified the Philippine Competition Act, opening up a free market, allowing more competitors to enter the internet/telecommunications industry.
“Historic, game-changing for our economy,” Sen. Bam Aquino describes the Philippine Competition Act after its ratification.
Better competition usually leads to improvement in the quality of goods and services provided at lower prices.
Sen. Aquino was also paramount in Team Rave’s visa woes. When confronted with various visa issues, the team received public support from national media and government, leading to a meeting with government officials to collaborate on the matter and find a solution.
Their performances have been solid and steady, including an impressive show of skill during the Dota 2 Asia Championships, where they placed 5th-67th, after defeating HellRaisers and Invictus Gaming.
They also placed third-fourth at i-League Season 1 and first in the Korean Dota 2 League Season 4 and the MPGL SEA Grand Finals Season 6.
Team Rave had qualified for the MLG Pro League in Columbus, but were unable to attend due to visa issues. They were also forced to withdraw from the StarLadder StarSeries 12 tournament, for the same reasons.
When the team was not directly invited to attend TI5, the community had strong reactions.
Rave was eliminated, 0:2, by MVP.Phoenix in the Lower Bracket finals of the TI5 SEA qualifier.