Team SMG Signs Ninjaboogie to Its Dota 2 Roster

Abhimannu Das
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Team SMG has re-signed Michael “ninjaboogie” Ross as part of its Dota 2 roster for 2022.
Ross will replace Roger “Roddgee” Tan who departed from the team on 21st February 2022.
The new player has played with Team SMG in the recent past during the Dota Pro Circuit 2021.

Filipino Dota 2 player Michael “ninjaboogie” Ross has joined Team SMG’s Dota 2 roster as a support player. Ross is replacing Roger “Roddgee” Tan who left the roster just yesterday. Ross played with Team SMG for almost a year before temporarily leaving the team. He has been re-signed by the Southeast Asian team and will be part of the active roster. Ross was part of Team SMG’s qualification attempt during the Dota Pro Circuit 2021, but he left the team after the roster suffered a string of losses.

Team SMG Dota 2 Roster Overview

After Ross’ departure from the roster back in April 2021, Tan was signed to replace the player. But the team experienced mixed results throughout last year’s competitive season. Team SMG failed to win the Dota Pro Circuit’s Southeast Asia 2021/2022 event with BOOM Esports taking home first-place.

The new Team SMG roster features:

  • Zheng “MidOne” Yek Nai

  • Kam Bun “Moon” Seng

  • Ryan “Bimbo” Jay Kwai

  • Tew Sun “AhFu” Chuan

  • Michael “ninjaboogie” Ross

Who is Michael “ninjaboogie” Ross?

Ross started his esports career in 2012 with the Duskbin Heroes of Newerth Division before transitioning to the Dota 2 Division. In 2013, he moved to Neolution.int and became the team’s in-game leader (IGL) and his success caught Valve’s attention. He was invited to The International 2013 qualifiers. Neulution.int’s manager removed him from the team and it led to the organization being disqualified from The International 2013. The reason behind Ross being removed from the roster was never publicly stated but GosuGamers reported that the decision was mutual.

After staying with Rave for two years, he departed for Mineski where he won the PGL Open Bucharest 2017 and the Dota 2 Asia Championships 2018. He moved to Ardoit as a stand-in player for three months in 2020 and spent another three months in the same year at 032. He eventually moved to Team SMG before being dropped from the roster. With his re-signing at SMG, he will be looking to succeed with the team during the Dota Pro Circuit’s Southeast Asia 2022/2023 event.

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Abhimannu is a PC esports writer at AFK Gaming. With over seven years of experience in esports journalism, he has worked on a myriad of games and their ecosystems including Valorant, Overwatch and Apex Legends.