Just a couple of weeks after consecutively announcing the addition of Dota 2 veterans Chai ‘Mushi’ Yee Fung and Danil ‘Dendi’ Ishutin, Tigers found themselves playing with one man less at the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor SEA Open Qualifier.
Their registration for the Starladder Minor shows the Tigers squad playing without Mushi. Instead, they have Kim ‘Velo’ Tae-sung who lastly played under WarriorsGaming.Unity. Interestingly, WG.Unity also signed up for the open qualifiers with Wai Pern "Net" Lim instead of Velo but they were knocked at the round of 16 by Tigers themselves.
As of writing, there is no confirmation yet from both parties if these changes are for good or only for the open qualifiers.
Fans went ecstatic at when Tigers announced the loan acquisition for Dendi. The Natus Vincere legend is also known for his long history of rivalries which includes playing against Mushi back in the earlier years of Dota 2, thus teaming up for the first time ever excited long-time fans the most.
However Tigers were having a hard time in living up to expectations. Since the addition of Mushi and Dendi, the Tigers have attempted to crack in to LAN qualifiers twice namely the ESL One Mumbai 2019 SEA Open Qualifiers and DreamLeague Season 11 Open Qualifiers. They were one series away from qualifying to the closed qualifiers of ESL but they were shut down by surprise Vietnamese squad 496 Gaming. Following the upset, they moved on towards the DreamLeague Open Qualifier #2 but they were immediately knocked out at the first round by upcoming Filipino squad DeToNator who is fronted by ex-TNC Predator star Samson "Sam_H" Hidalgo.
Tigers are currently at the Round of 4 of the SLTV Minor Open Qualifiers. They are set to face Team Admiral who upset TNC Predator at the knockout bracket.
Departure? Maybe not
Despite the lack of concise sources, Reddit fans are speculating that Mushi could be out in line with the Chinese New Year celebrations.
User u/oldmanSHENG was quick to point out that Mushi has been playing through the Chinese region in his last couple of games. In addition, Mushi was also recently featured in a Chinese New Year ad for a Malaysian firm.
Whether or not Mushi's whereabouts are unknown to the public. But if there is something to be assured of, fans would like to see more of the Dendi and Mushi collaboration.