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Banned Indefinitely: Mineski’s Jacko Flies Back to the Philippines

08:31 PM January 05, 2016

Amid the recent accomplishments of Mineski-X in the scene, the team is now facing a dilemma with the disqualification of their midlaner, Mark Anthony “Jacko” Soriano. Jacko’s inclusion in Valve’s verdict followed the disqualification of Malaysian team, Redemption, by FACEIT during the 2nd round qualifiers of the Shanghai Majors.

According to Mineski-X’s manager Firdaus “MasterRamen” Hashim, the team was given by Valve till the end of the day to find a replacement. The team is already eyeing a few players both from Malaysia and the Philippines. They are currently waiting for any confirmation for last minute substitutions.

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The players are banned indefinitely from any Valve-sanctioned future Dota 2 tournaments after they were proved to be involved in the match-fixing (322 Scandal) issue last 2014. In order to avoid any more confusion regarding the matter, Valve released the list of Southeast Asian players that are banned to FACEIT along with other major tournament organizer in the region.

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Jacko, a minor, was implicated in the match-fixing issue and was subsequently banned by Mineski Events, along with other partner tournament organizers in the Philippines for his involvement. Following the events of the open qualifier for the Shanghai Winter Majors, Jacko along with the other Filipino players indicated in the bans last 2014, may no longer join any Valve events for Dota 2.

In total, eight Filipino players were banned indefinitely by Valve.

Former Mineski players (2014 roster):

Mark Anthony “Jacko” Soriano
Joven “jvn” Pancho
Richard “Paseo” Minowa

Former MSIEvoGT (2014 roster):
Jo “Jotan” Tan
Carlo “Chin” Rivera
Denver “yNd” Miranda
Patrick “JyC“Pascua
Mark “Byb” Gavin, who now plays for Execration.

In addition, other players from the SEA region have been banned by Valve:

Team Redemption (Former Arrow Gaming, The International 4 competitors):
Fua “Lance” Hsien Wan
Goh “MoZuN” Choo Jian
Chiok “xiangzai” Soon Siang
Kok “ddz” Yi Liong
Kelvin “MaTteRu” Chong

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Former Aces (2014 roster):
Dinh Viet Thanh “Misa” Nguyen
Duc Trung “Kua” Nguyen
Trung Hieu “Sph” Nguyen

Mineski.X’s line-up prior to Jacko’s removal included some major talent from the SEA region. The Filipino-Malaysian squad consisted of  Filipino players Jacko and Michael “Nb” Ross, Chan “WinteR” Litt Binn, Joel Chan “XtiNcT” Zhan Leong and Fadil “Kecik Imba” Bin Mohd Raziff. The team will retain their hard-fought slot for the Shanghai Winter Majors SEA qualifier tournament provided they can find a replacement before game time.

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