Many fans expressed disappointment after T1 decided to release JaCkky from its roster.
In a decision questioned by many fans, T1 released Souliya “JaCkky” Khoomphetsavong. After the carry helped the squad land third place in Season 1 of the DPC in Southeast Asia's Upper Division. A win that secured a spot for the team in the first Major for the season.
T1 Tweet about JaCkky
금일부로 T1 @DOTA2 팀에서 활동한 'JaCkky' 선수와 계약을 종료하게 되었습니다. 그동안의 활약에 감사드립니다.
Today we part ways with 'JaCkky'. We highly appreciate his contribution to the team and wish him all the best. pic.twitter.com/aCaI3LzJO7
— T1 (@T1) March 3, 2021
But is it all the best for JaCkky? He won’t be playing in the tournament he helped T1 qualify for. He has two options remaining if he still wants to reach TI10. He can take the place of someone else who also gets removed from his team, or he can build his own team, participate in and win the open qualifiers of DPC season 2, and then play the whole season in the Lower Division. After that, he’ll have a shot at reaching TI through the Regional Qualifiers.
Dota 2 fans make their displeasure over JaCkky’s removal public
Didn't you guys just make it to the Wild Card qualifier for the Major? Could you not at least hold out until after the Major to reshuffle?
— Avo+ (@MrAvoPlus) March 3, 2021
JaCkky joined T1 in November 2020 together with Kenny “Xepher” Deo after the team showed lackluster results. But the situation is different today. Why are they reshuffling their roster after a huge win?
The move means T1 will be penalized 15% of the points they earned for finishing in third place. They now have 170 points from the previous 200. Dota 2 statistician Noxville states, “Creating a penalty disincentivizes the behavior, but it doesn’t prevent it.”
While many fans sympathize with JaCkky, some believe that T1’s main consideration for this decision was money.
Greed it is, and I know business is business but this situation is really fvcked up. How can you kick a player that made your organization relevant again and how can you partways with him after qualifying to the Major?
— Yuuri Katsuki (@FATHOMLESSFIEND) March 3, 2021
Or, it could be a sign T1 are opening their doors for rising star Nuengnara “23savage” Teeramahanon?
T1 also release Gee and Holic from Call of Duty roster
— T1 (@T1) March 3, 2021
In a further development, T1 also released Go “Gee” Joung-hyun and Lee “Holic” Min-ho from their Call of Duty roster.
Although Gee tweeted that he left the team to pursue his studies, fans are still wondering what’s going on at T1 in the light of these player releases so soon after the year's competitions get underway.