Michael “ninjaboogie” Ross will skip at least the first set of Minor and Major tournaments of the 2019-2020 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC). The former Mineski player announced on Twitter that he might go streaming and casting on a casual basis while he wants to focus on a few personal “goals.”
In the past competitive season, ninjaboogie played for TNC Predator up until after the Chongqing major. In February 2019 he moved to Mineski, with whom he placed second at ESL One Mumbai. Unfortunately, the DPC qualifiers proved to be a tough challenge in a region where both Fnatic and TNC were also fighting for a ticket. Mineski made it only to the MDL Disneyland® Paris Major and to the last Minor of the season. The two events were not enough for Mineski to get the Circuit points that would have directly qualified them for The International 2019. The long road to Shanghai, China for the biggest tournament of the season forced Mineski to a last minute roster change ahead of the regional qualifiers for TI9. Nonetheless, the Southeast Asian squad made it to the main event in China where they pushed Team Secret to the limit in the second round of the lower bracket. However, the European juggernaut eliminated ninjaboogie and his team on the 9th -12th place and in the post TI9 shuffle, the organization released the entire team.
While Mineski’s former coach and two of ninjaboogie’s former teammates have been already announced to have joined new teams for the upcoming season, the former Mineski captain will stay away from the competitive scene “for a few months,” which could actually help him better evaluate on which team he could fit later in the season. The 2019-2020 Dota Pro circuit kicks off on the 5th of October with the first round of Major and Minor qualifiers.