Mineski is heading to Katowice, Poland for ESL One Katowice 2019 from February 19-24.
In a tweet, ESL announced that both TNC Predator, the team that won the Southeast Asia (SEA) Qualifier and runner-up, Lotac, had experienced difficulties acquiring visas. In their place, Mineski will attend the competition, representing the SEA region.
— ESL Dota2 (@ESLDota2) January 22, 2019
Mineski did not compete in the qualifier for ESL One Katowice in December 2018. At the time, they were competing in another tournament: AMD Dota 2 Pro Series 2018. That event took place in Melbourne, Australia. Mineski defeated Mr Game Boy in the Grand Finals, 3-2, and took home approximately $18,000 USD of the $36,000 prize pool.
The squad is captained by Johan “Pieliedie” Åström, and includes Thiay “JT-” Jun Wen, Kam “Moon” Boon Seng, Damien “kpii” Chok and Kim “Febby” Yong-min. They’ve most recently won the DreamHack Mumbai Invitational 2018, on December 23, 2018.
While not a Dota 2 Pro Circuit event, ESL One Katowice has a significant prize pool of $300,000 USD. It will also feature a competitive field of twelve teams, including Fnatic, another SEA team.