Team Secret officially announce the departure of Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng from their Dota 2 roster.
Team Secret has been one of the most dominating Dota 2 force in 2019. After winning numerous tournaments, they ended up finishing first in the 2018-2019 DPC. Despite being one of the main favorites at TI 9, Clement “Puppey” Ivanov and his team-mates were not able to win the tournament, even though they’ve got their highest ever finish at any TI.
Although everyone from TS played very well, Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng was definitely not having his best time. He severely underperformed in a couple of matches in a row, which had an impression on the entire team. Needless to say, this was very strange because MidOne has proven himself as one of the best core players in the world.
Post TI 9
Thank you, @midonedota2 🖤
— Team Secret (@teamsecret) December 30, 2019
Just two months after the biggest event in Dota 2 came to an end, Team Secret announced that they will move MidOne to the inactive roster and acquire Lasse “Matumbaman” Urlainen instead. The official reason behind this decision was that MidOne needed a break from Dota 2. With Matumbaman on their side, Team Secret looked exceptionally strong during the DPC qualifiers.
Even though MidOne was technically inactive, he played as a stand-in for Yazied “YapzOr” Jaradat during the ONE Esports Dota 2 World Pro Invitational, which took place in Singapore. Unfortunately, this wasn’t Secrets’ best tournament as they got eliminated pretty early on.
As a result, just a couple of weeks later, the EU organization officially announced that they are releasing MidOne form their roster. We can’t say that we are surprised because a player such as MidOne can’t be happy if he is benched.
Now that he is “free”, it will be very interesting to see what will happen with the young Malay player. Who knows, we might see him in some of the best SEA teams very soon.
We at ESTNN want to wish everyone a happy new year! If you’re eager for some Dota 2 action, you have to wait just a couple of more days. The WePlay! Bukovel Minor will begin on the 9th of January and it will gather eight of the best Dota 2 teams. Apart from the $300K USD cash prize, they will be fighting for DPC points and a spot at the Leipzig Major.
Although it is only the second Minor, every single point towards that TI 10 invites are priceless. After all, this will probably be the biggest event ever in esports.