T1 player Souliya “JaCkky” Khoomphetsavong is no longer with the team’s Dota 2 roster. The Laotian player was the carry for T1’s Dota roster and a major factor in its qualification for the Major of the Season 1 of DPC 2021.
“Today we part ways with ‘JaCkky’. We highly appreciate his contribution to the team and wish him all the best,” T1 announced on its Twitter account. His departure came after his contract was terminated.
T1 recently qualified for the Singapore Major after the conclusion of the SEA Upper Division matches in the Dota Pro Circuit 2021, which PGL was hosting. The team opened the gates to their Dota 2 endeavour in November 2019. T1 was one series short of securing the second spot in the Upper Division leaderboards.
On Feb. 27, 2021, T1 had a tiebreaker series for the second-place seeding. It lost 2-1 to Neon Esports, who are second in the Upper Division SEA standings. Despite qualifying for the Major’s Wild Card spot, T1 decided to release JaCcky from its roster. He played a seminal role for the team in securing the spot.
Although Valve has been trying to make sure that players aren’t treated unfairly by organizations without consequences, T1’s decision is not against the rules. But that doesn’t mean it’s not controversial. This decision by T1 directly affects JaCkky’s chances of qualifying for TI. He can only qualify for TI if some other TI-qualifying team picks him up, or he signs up with a new team who performs well through open qualifiers to make it through the upcoming DPC seasons. Overall, Valve’s efforts to make things fair for players seem not to have yielded substantial results.
Analysts and pro players have been calling out T1’s move; how the situation seems to be under the wraps, without any reasons, statements or explanations from the player or the org for JaCkky’s departure.
There is no official report on who JaCkky’s replacement will be, although speculation points towards Nuengnara “23savage” Teeramahanon. He also recently hit 12k MMR on his account.
T1’s Current Dota 2 roster:
Carlo “Kuku” Palad
Kenny “Xepher” Deo
Matthew “Whitemon” FilemonAlthough