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Despite the win from today’s StarLadder ImbaTV Minor qualifiers, which will give Vici Gaming another shot at making it to the Major in March, the team captain Pan “Fade” Yi announced today that he will probably not continue to play with the team in the near future.
“I don’t think I will be playing at MDL,” Fade says in a lengthy Weibo post made right after he qualified for the Minor. MDL Macau is not a tournament part of the Dota Pro Circuit season, but it’s a very good opportunity for the team to make the fine tuning in order to have a great Minor run.
Earlier this week Vici Gaming entered the Minor qualifiers with a roster adjustment. They benched Fade and moved Zhou “Yang” Haiyang in the support 4 position. For the offlane duty they brought in Sun “Agressif” Zheng, and it seems like all these movements were needed in order to fix an in-game communication problem. “While I’m more of a play-maker inside the team, Yang, on the other hand, can make some shot-calling when he’s playing support,” explained Fade today. Nonetheless, the first series in the Minor qualifiers was a loss and pushed VG one series away from elimination. So, today they reverted to their initial line-up.
“As much as I understood the decision, I was still pretty pissed. So I didn’t really want to return to the team when they called me yesterday,” says Fade in complete honesty. However, he decided to return because he didn’t want to disappoint his teammates. “The past 6 months have been great and I really enjoyed the time playing with them. In my opinion, it’s important to have loyalty and empathy and that’s the reason I returned and continue to play”, Faid wrote and went on explaining why he doesn’t want to participate with VG at MDL Macau and why he wants to take a break.
Fade’s full Weibo post translates as follows:
“It feels pretty good to qualify for the Minor. As for the roster change a few days ago, it was because all of us agreed that we need a shot-caller. While I’m more of a play-maker inside the team, Yang, on the other hand, can make some shot-calling when he’s playing support. So that’s how the change happened.
As much as I understood the decision, I was still pretty pissed. So I didn’t really want to return to the team when they called me yesterday. Eventually, I chose to return because disappointing my teammates is the last thing I want to do. The past 6 months have been great and I really enjoyed the time playing with them. In my opinion, it’s important to have loyalty and empathy and that’s the reason I returned and continue to play. But I don’t think I will be playing at MDL because I got exhausted by everything happened during the Chinese New Year. So, I want to take a break and figure what’s ahead in the future. At last, I wouldn’t say I’m an extremely confident player, sometimes I would doubt myself, but all these kind words and messages I received these days really helped me become more confident. Thanks to all of you for the continued support, it means a lot to me…
What has happened is already in the past, moving forward, I just wish I can continue to fight for the glory of Chinese DOTA. Happy New Year!
Also: Yang totally nailed it today!”
MDL Macau is coming our way next week, taking place from 20th to 24th of the month with eight teams fighting for a share of the $300,000. If Fade will indeed not play in the event, then VG will be the third team to arrive with a slightly altered roster. Evil Geniuses will play with Quinn “CCNC” Callahan standing in for Syed “SumaiL” Hassan and PSG.LGD will be playing with Guo “XM” Hongcheng standing in for Lu “Maybe” Yao.