has announced that their carry player Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng
is leaving the team. After OG failed to qualify for the Singapore Major, the team is clearly dissatisfied with their performance and are opting to make a change.
MidOne joined OG following The International 9, after two of OG’s iconic two-time champions, Anathan "Ana" Pham and Jesse "Jerax" Vainikka stepped away from the competitive scene. He had previously played for Team Secret
, with great success as a mid-player. With OG, he entered into a new role, initially playing as the team’s offlaner before his fellow newcomer Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan left the team, allowing MidOne to take over the carry role.
MidOne’s early days were heavily interrupted by the pandemic. When travel restrictions hit, MidOne was stuck in his home country of Malaysia, forcing him to compete in the EU region with huge ping. Even so, he still showed off some impressive performances in his various roles, indicating he was just as good a player when not in his familiar mid-lane.
Unfortunately, OG were unable to find the results anyone expected of them. With the huge prestige of their TI championships, OG were expected to remain the absolute best of the best. However, they have yet to win a single event since TI9, even when their toughest competition Team Secret were taking a break. With so few chances to qualify for this year’s TI10, OG have to be ruthless and make changes.
MidOne wasn’t an obvious weak point for the team by any means, however, similar to the shocking kick of Lasse “Matumbaman” Urpalainen from Team Liquid, sometimes a player needs to go simply to give a roster the shakeup it needs. MidOne is simply the latest victim of this necessity.
MidOne’s departure does, however, leave us with a very interesting question. Who does OG have in mind to replace him? Are there any notable carry players who are teamless and unaccounted for? Well, one springs to mind, and he’s no stranger to OG. This mystery man is, of course, Ana himself. There is no indication Ana is really returning, but there’s certainly a pattern to him arriving just in time to nab an Aegis before promptly quitting pro Dota again.
With that in mind, OG’s next announcement may be a very exciting one. You can be sure to hear about it here!