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OG release MidOne after failure to qualify for Dota 2 Major

MidOne is on his way out. But who will replace the ‘High Ping King’ ?

Team OG has released Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng from its active Dota 2 roster following the team’s failure to qualify for the first Major of the season. 

MidOne’s time at OG comes to an end

The 24-year-old player joined OG in January 2020. Expectations were high and the player had big shoes to fill. OG had freshly come off back-to-back TI victories. As Ana took a break from competitive Dota 2, OG added MidOne to its roster. 

“I want to thank Yeik for his hard work, and for the sacrifices he has made for OG and for the team. He is an extraordinary player and is unfortunate we couldn’t get better results together. Thank you Yeik, and best of luck!”

Johan “N0tail” Sundstein.

When the coronavirus pandemic struck, MidOne was in his home country, Malaysia. As esports matches shifted online, OG had to use MidOne with a massive ping disadvantage. The team failed to impress and the lack of a bootcamp meant the players could not find the desired synergy levels. 

“Competitive synergy is something very unique and complex. Yeik is one of the best players we have played with, and we worked very hard for months and made a lot of improvements… but unfortunately it never “clicked”. It happens sometimes. We want to wish him the best of luck moving forward and hope he finds a great team where he can shine.”

Sébastien “Ceb” Debs.

What’s next for OG?

During his time on OG,  MidOne helped his team secure top two finish at ESL One Los Angeles, BLAST Bounty Hunt,OMEGA League: Europe Immortal Division. The team ended the year on a high with a top-two finish at EPIC League season 2 and OGA DotaPIT Season 4. OG lost to Virtus.Pro and Na’Vi respectively in the grand finals of these tournaments.

The two-time TI champions failed to qualify for the ONE Esports Singapore Major. The team finished in 5th place at the DPC Season 1: European division. Failing to crack the top four meant that OG was unable to secure its spot in the first Dota 2 Major. The Dota Pro Circuit 2021 features two Majors and hence the value of a Major appearance is extremely high. OG was one of the ten signatories in support of the ONE Esports Singapore Major. 

OG is on the lookout for a new carry player to join its roster. With Season 2 of the Dota Pro Circuit slated to begin soon, OG fans should expect an announcement very soon.