With the constant travel of the Dota Pro Circuit, many players were unable to get the visas necessary in order to attend ESL One Malaysia. As a result, several teams have recruited stand-ins in order to compete in the Major. Alliance, Nigma Galaxy, Fnatic, and OG Esports will all have stand-ins on their roster as they play through the tournament from Aug. 23-28, 2022.
Every stand-in at ESL One Malaysia
Alliance – dEsire for Aramis
Alliance will not have their four position support, Adam “Aramis” Moroz for ESL One Malaysia. According to Liquipedia, he is unable to attend due to visa issues. Sakis “dEsire” Kartsampas, the four-position player for Brame Esports, will take his place in the tournament.
This will be a difficult change for Alliance since the team has been struggling for the last two Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) tours. They fought their way back from Division two just to be bounced back down in the most recent season. Not having their entire team to play in ESL One Malaysia will hurt their chances at the regional qualifier.
Nigma Galaxy – Dreamocel for Miracle-
Nigma Galaxy will be missing their super star carry player, Amer “Miracle-” Al-Barkawi, for the duration of the event. He will be replaced by Randy “Dreamocel” Sapoetra. Just like Alliance, the team had just made it back into DPC Western Europe division one and was looking extremely strong.
While the fans might be disappointed that they won’t get to see Miracle-, Dremocel is no pushover. The previous carry player for BOOM Esports has been teamless for the last tour, and will definitely be playing his best in order to show Southeast Asian teams that he is worthy of a pick-up next season.
#ESLOne Malaysia Update:
Dreamocel will be standing in for us during the tournament. #StarsAlign #NGXdota pic.twitter.com/794Bp5W6ik
— Nigma Galaxy (@NigmaGalaxy) August 22, 2022
OG Esports – Chuvash for Misha
Just like the previous Arlington Major in the United States, OG will be without their captain Mikhail “Misha” Agatov for the event. However, Sébastien “Ceb” Debs will not be here to bail them out this time. Instead, Evgenii “Chuvash” Makarov will be standing in for the team. While we have never seen Chuvash play before, OG has a knack for doing well as long as their stand-in understands how the team plays the game. Who better than the coach?
Fnatic – Raven for Palos
Fnatic’s player troubles have not ended after the Arlington Major, where three of their players were denied visas. This time, Marc “Raven” Polo Luis Fausto is unable to attend the event due to health issues. According to Fnatic’s post on Facebook, he showed symptoms of Covid-19 and eventually tested positive. Raven will be replaced by Jinn “Palos” Marrey P. Lamatao, the carry player for Execration for the duration of the event. Fnatic has been through a lot of troubles, and just like the Arlington Major, hope that they can take it in stride.
ESL One Malaysia begins in less than 24 hours at midnight EST on Aug. 23, 2022. Catch all of the action on their Twitch channel!