Woes are plaguing the side of EHOME for their campaign at the MDL Macau 2019 as they lose two of their players just right before their opening match.
Choosing the more convenient LAN event over the ESL One Katowice which runs simultaneously, the Chinese organization already decided to deploy coach Zhang “xiao8” Ning after they found out that Li “ASD” Zhiwen’s passport will arrive late due to a delivery issue from Hong Kong and Macau.
Just right before the opening day of the group stage, Zhang “Faith_bian” Ruida suffered a dislocated shoulder during the team shoot for the media day. Mars Media – organizers of the MDL LAN issued an official apology to EHOME while stating that Faith_bian was quickly hospitalized in Macau and will be immediately flown back to Shanghai where he will be attended further in his medical needs.
Former Wings Gaming player, Faith_bian, will sadly miss out on MDL Macau after suffering a serious injury during the photoshoot session which happened in the afternoon of February 19th. Zhang was quickly hospitalized in Macau, and will fly back to Shanghai where he will receive further medial cares.
We sincerely apologize to Zhang Ruida for the injury caused due to attending our photoshoot, but also to EHOME and all the fans. We wish him a speedy recovery, and hope to see him back at events very soon.
In a Weibo post, xiao8 already expressed his frustration over the issues. “I guess I can’t handle MDL anymore. Kappa” his Weibo post translates.
Faith_bian will be temporarily replaced by Zhao "XinQ" Zixing for the duration of the event. XinQ is a part of the Team Serenity roster that played during The International 2018.
EHOME is looking to keep their jive going to Macau as they prepare for the next phase of the Dota Pro Circuit. The team had a slow start when they were assembled post-TI8 but had finally found their groove after winning the Bucharest Minor to punch their slot at the recent Chongqing Major in which they finished 5-6th to break in to the top 12 of the DPC ladders.
Their next DPC event will be the DreamLeague Season 11 Stockholm Major on March 14.