XNova Joins SEA Team for BTS Pro Series Season 8: SEA Open Qualifiers
Yap "xNova" Jian Wei, the renowned Malaysian Dota 2 support player, has joined a new Southeast Asian (SEA) team for the BTS Pro Series Season 8 open qualifiers. XNova will be playing with the team 'Ragdoll' which will be made up of four players from Malaysia and a player from China. The squad also includes other popular Malaysian players such as Lai "AhJit" Jay Son and Cheng "vtFαded" Jia Hao. The open qualifiers for Season 8 of the BTS Pro Series: SEA will be held on 4th and 5th Sept, 2021.
XNova to return to SEA? Joins Ragdoll for BTS Pro Series S8 open qualifiers
Ragdoll’s roster for the BTS Pro Series S8: SEA open qualifier is as follows:
Cheng "vtFαded" Jia Hao
Lai "AhJit" Jay Son
Wang “Gy” Kok Guan
Zhou "Yif" Yifu
Yap "xNova" Jian Wei
XNova recently left EHOME after the roster was placed inactive. The team had failed to qualify for TI10. The Chinese player only enjoyed middling success during the year he spent with EHOME.
It is worth noting that xNova was a member of the incredibly popular PSG.LGD team from 2018-20. In addition to winning two Major Championships, the position five player stood third at TI9 and second at TI8 with PSG.LGD.
Having played mainly for SEA teams in the early stages of his career, and then primarily for Chinese teams for the last three years, it will be interesting to see if xNova decides to return to SEA.
On the other hand, Ragdoll is currently playing in the QH Sports Dota Series 2 with a slightly different roster. The team is competing with a Chinese position five player in place of xNova. This team had also participated in the QH Sports Dota Series 1 in August 2021, where it was victorious.
Before Ragdoll, vtFαded played for Team SMG in April 2021 before choosing to play for Team D in some later events. AhJit, meanwhile, is currently listed as inactive on EHOME, having been placed there in April 2021 when he was replaced by Liu "Sylar" Jiajun . Inactive since then, he only returned last month to compete in the QH Sports Dota Series 1 with Ragdoll.
From the BTS Pro Series S8: SEA's open qualifier, two teams will advance to the main event, where they will join the other eight directly invited teams.
As for Ragdoll and xNova, it remains to be seen if they stick together beyond BTS Pro Series S8.