Great minds, veterans of the scene and skilful players have gathered under the J.Storm banner for a last effort in qualifying to The International 2019. Down to four members at the end of May, the team is now ready to enter the intense practice mode with Theeban “1437” Siva joining in the support five position.
At the end of the previous month, J.Storm benched their captain, Park “March” Tae-won, and their mid-laner Jonathan Bryle “bryle” Santos De Guia, but the players were to stay with the organization. Leon “Nine” Kirilin was announced back then to join the roster on a trial period while Jimmy “DeMoN” Ho, the team coach, was also testing the waters for a possible competitive comeback. The two trials played with J.Storm in the WePlay! Tug of War: Dire America online competition and finished on the second place after losing the grand finals 1:3 to Infamous.
In the aftermath of that event, J.Storm has decided to keep Nine, but to let DeMoN resume his coaching duties. The team’s captain is now Clinton “Fear” Loomis and most likely he will be getting a lot of assistance in the draft from J.Storm’s newest addition, 1437. Theeban has great experience in both leading and coaching a team, and has brought back to life several rosters. In the 2015-2016 season he was coach for Team Secret, in 2017 he was an important piece in TNC’s success. In the current season he tried to build a secondary team for the Southeast Asian organization and has played alongside Danil “Dendi” Ishutin and Chai “Mushi” Yee Fung. Unfortunately, the Tigers project didn’t manage to break into the top tier ranks and came to an end. Theeban “1437” Sivais is now back to North America and will enter the regional qualifiers for the biggest event of the year wearing a J.Storm jersey.
J.Storm roster from potion 1 to 5:
- Roman “Resolut1on” Fominok
- Leon “Nine” Kirilin
- David “Moo” Hull
- Clinton “Fear” Loomis
- Theeban “1437” Siva
- Coach: Jimmy “DeMoN” Ho
J.Storm didn’t qualify for EPICENTER 2019, which is the very last Major in the 2018-2019 Dota Pro Circuit, therefore they will have no occasion to test their new line-up in a LAN setup prior to the qualifiers. Despite the roster change, they are most likely to receive an invite straight into the closed regional qualifiers for TI9, which gives them about three weeks of practice. TI9 open qualifiers are scheduled to start on the 3rd of July while the regional closed qualifiers will unfold July 8-15, 2019.
headline picture courtesy of DreamHack