Team Liquid’s superstar carry player, Amer ‘Miracle‘ Al-Barkawi, will not be with the team at the Chongqing Major due to personal reasons.
In a post on their Twitter account, Team Liquid explained that the 21-year-old wunderkind would not be available for Team Liquid’s DPC LAN debut, saying:
“We would like to confirm that Miracle is unable to attend the Chongqing Major. He was excited to play; unfortunately, an urgent personal matter occurred at the last minute. We request that fans respect his privacy during this time, and we will provide updates when possible.”
Miracle is among one of the best and most accomplished players in the world. He is also one of the most popular players ever. The first player to ever reach 9K MMR, Miracle has played for Team Liquid for more than two years. He first joined the organization led by Kuro ‘KuroKy‘ Salehi Takhasomi post-TI6 following a successful stint with OG that saw him lead the team to two Valve Major wins but would ultimately crash at The International 2016, infamously losing to TNC Pro Team in the lower brackets and going home in 9th-12th place.
Since joining Team Liquid, Miracle has won a lot more. This includes a Major as well as a TI. In doing so, he joins the exclusive list of players including Johan ‘N0tail‘ Sundstein, Gustav ‘s4‘ Magnusson, and Clement ‘Puppey‘ Ivanov, as the only players to have ever won multiple Majors and a TI.
Who Is Going to Replace Miracle?
Replacing Miracle is a tough if not impossible task. He is a versatile player who can seemingly player any hero at maximum capacity. Losing him will be a big blow to Team Liquid’s strats, not to mention, chances of winning the Chongqing Major.
But, then again, there is a silver lining to all of this. Although they have yet to officially confirm who they are going to bring-in to replace Miracle at the Chongqing Major, if the latest rumors are to go by, his replacement isn’t so bad at all. According to hawk-eyed users on reddit, the loss of Miracle will at the very least be mitigated with TI6 champion, Chu ‘shadow‘ Zeyu, substituting for him in the mean time.
While Shadow is not Miracle, he is at least versatile and good enough to do a good approximation of him. In fact, Team Liquid’s bigger problem is now how good shadow is, but rather, their communication knowing that Shadow may not be as fluent in English.
With that said, we can expect Team Liquid to turn things up a notch in what will be their first LAN of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit.
How well do you think Shadow is going to play in Miracle’s place for Team Liquid at the Chongqing Major? Will Team Liquid have communication problems? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.