Popular Singaporean player Gavin “Meracle” Kang has officially joined Mineski Dota as their carry player. Rumors about his place on the team have been circulating recently, following his appearance on the lineup during the Mr. Cat Invitational. Along with his addition, the team has made several other changes between the active and substitute players, switching roles between the members.
Our line up for our upcoming PGL tournament:@MineskiProTeam
Jessievash (as our coach)
— Yammerz Yui (@Mskiyammerz) July 19, 2016
Mineski has announced that the famed Singaporean player Gavin “Meracle” Kang has officially joined the team.
Meracle has most recently been seen standing in for the team during the Mr. Cat Invitational. He has a substantial following and popularity – being mostly known for his Naga Siren and Anti Mage. The famed Singaporean began playing in 2012 and has previously been a part of First Departure, 5eva and Scythe Gaming.
Meracle will be assuming the carry role in Mineski, Ryan Jay “Raging-_-Potato/Bimbo” Qui will return to his roots on the midlane and Michael “Ninjaboogie” Ross has become active as a primary member – filling the position 5 support role.
Both Benhur “Benhur” Lawis and Mark “Cast” Pilar have been “benched” and moved into the substitute roles.
Only one week ago, it was announced that Ninjaboogie had returned to the team as a substitute, and Jessie “JessieVash” Cuyco had moved into the coaching position.
Mineski’s new roster will make its debut in the PGL Summer finals, in China, on July 23rd.
In the winter season leading up to the Shanghai Major, Mineski was consistently besting the SEA giants, Fnatic, for the qualifier spots in LANs. They were quickly rising to the top in the region and making an international name for themselves. Unable to lock up any major achievements, the Filipino team experienced some roster changes, welcoming Benhur “Ben” Lawis and Jun “Bok” Kanehara to the mix.
In an effort to grow the local scene and showcase regional talent, local Filipino Dota 2 teams were given their own set of qualifiers for ESL One Manila to determine one squad to compete alongside some of the best Dota 2 teams in the world. Mineski was able to best their regional rivals, TnC Gaming, 3:1, in the best-of-five grand finals, seizing the place in the main event for the Philippines. They eventually took seventh-eighth place in the main event.
They returned to the Mall of Asia, in front of their home crowd, to compete in the Manila Major less than 2 months later. They ended with a disheartening 13th-16th place. Later, they placed 6th-10th in the TI6 SEA regional qualifiers.
Since then, the team added Michael “ninjaboogie” Ross back to the mix and moved Jessie Cristy “JessieVash” Cuyco to the coach position.
Three days after the roster changes, they took first place in the Mineski Pro-Gaming League Season 8 Leg 1 and will be heading to the main event in China.
Mineski Dota roster:
Ryan Jay “Raging -_- Potato/Bimbo” Qui
Gavin Kang “Meracle” Jian Wen
Jun “Bok” Kanehara
Julius “Julz” De Leon
Michael “ninjaboogie” Ross
Jessie Cristy “JessieVash” Cuyco (coach)
Benhur “Ben” Lawis (sub)
Mark “Cast” Pilar (sub)