Max “qojqva” Broecker has decided to take an indefinite leave of absence from professional Dota. As a consequence, Mousesports have announced that ROOT Gaming’s Tyler “TC” Cook will stand-in for the team during the MLG Pro League, held at X Games 2015 in Austin, Texas, between June 5-7.
Mousesports decided to break the news on Reddit:
The mousesports Dota 2 team is looking to compete with Tyler “TC” Cook of ROOT Gaming at the joinDOTA MLG Pro League. For personal reasons, former starting player and mid laner Max “qojqva” Broecker has chosen to retire and begin an indefinite leave of absence from professional Dota. We thank him for his service to the team and wish him the very best.
A permanent replacement has not yet been announced.
UPDATE (7:30 pm) – qojqva has assured his fans that he is in fact only taking a break from competitive Dota, in order to reevaluate his goals:
To clear some things up — I'm just taking a break from dota for the next few months to reevaluate my goals. I am not actually retiring.
— Max Broecker (@qojqva1) June 4, 2015
Mousesports have qualified for the MLG Pro League tournament held at the X-Games 2015 event, on May 17, after defeating the reformed Summer’s Rift, 2:1.
Mousesports roster for the MLG Pro League LAN finals:
Dominik “Black^” Reitmeier
Sam “BuLba” Sosale
Peter “Waytosexy” Nguyen
Johan “pieliedie” Åström
Tyler “TC” Cook (ROOT Gaming, stand-in)
qojqva, one of the first TI5 Qualifiers “casualties”
Max “qojqva” Broecker’s early retirement seems to have been prompted by Mousesports’ recent string of disappointing performances. Despite being the TI5 Americas Qualifiers utmost favorites, Mousesports failed to qualify for The International. They were eliminated, after losing 1:2 to North American Rejects. Before that, Mousesports had created quite a stir for competing in the Americas region in the first place, despite being comprised of two North-American players and three European ones, backed by a German organization.