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Nikolay “Nikobaby” Nikolov, a Bulgarian carry player who spent the last year of his professional career in Southeast Asia, is Mineski’s final roster addition ahead of The International 2019 qualifiers.

Nikobaby is known in the SEA scene for his stint with Warriors Gaming.Unity in this competitive season and with Clutch Gamers prior to that. In his starting days he was a part of the vastly famous European squad Balkan Bears which gave to the competitive scene names such as Yazied “YapzOr” Jaradat, Amer “Miracle-” Al-Barkawi, and Aliwi “w33” Omar. Nikobaby’s ascension wasn’t as fulminant as his former teammates, mostly because he took nearly two years break between 2016 and 2018.

His addition to the Mineski line-up happens just a few days after the team parted ways with Lai “Ahjit” Jay Son. The decision of dropping Ahjit was taken after Mineski had an underwhelming run at the last Minor tournament of the 2018-2019 Dota Pro Circuit season, thus having no other choice for a TI9 ticket other than regional qualifiers.

On June 24, Mineski’s coach, Tang “71” Wenyi has also announced his departure from the team, saying that the recent failures are related to his poor drafts. “Actually, they are all good players, it was me who failed to deliver in my role. Also, my drafting in tournaments has been pretty mediocre. My bad,” said 71 on his Weibo page a couple of days ago.

Mineski will enter the regional qualifiers battle for a spot at The International 2019 after the EPICENTER Major is over. The closed regional invites will be announced on the eve of the grand finals series at EPICENTER, on June 30,2019.

Mineski roster from potion 1 to 5:

  • Nikolay “Nikobaby” Nikolov
  • Kam “Moon” Boon Seng
  • Damien “kpii” Chok
  • Ryan “Bimbo” Jay Qui
  • Michael “‘Ninjaboogie”‘ Ross
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