JaCkky out of T1, 23savage in?

Published March 3, 2021, 12:09 PM

by Jeremiah Sevilla

Photo from JaCkky’s Facebook page

Despite helping T1 qualify for the Singapore Major, Lao carry Souliya “JaCkky” Khoomphetsavong was released by the South Korea-based organization.

The team made the shocking announcement through its official social media accounts on Wednesday morning, March 3, ending its more than three months of partnership with the former Motivate.Trust Gaming star.

This development came just a few weeks before the start of the first Dota 2 Major tournament in 14 months which will be hosted by ONE Esports and PGL on Marh 27 to April 4.

“Today we part ways with ‘JaCkky’. We highly appreciate his contribution to the team and wish him all the best,” the team said.

On Tuesday night, March 2, the 21-year-old JaCkky posted a cryptic “GG” on his Facebook account.

Despite a shaky start in the Upper Division of the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC)-Southeast Asia, JaCkky and T1 managed to secure themselves a spot in the Major after stunning early leader Neon Esports, 2-1, for a 5-2 record.

T1 though settled for a seat in the tough wild card phase as it lost to Neon, 2-1, in the tiebreaker for the No. 2 spot which grants a ticket to the group stage.

After parting ways with the rising Thai team Motivate.Trust Gaming, JaCkky was hired by T1 in November last year.

With JaCkyy’s exit, rumors about T1 possibly acquiring Thai carry Nuengnara “23savage” Teeramahanon, who recently emerged as the first 12K MMR player in the world, began to swirl in social media.

23savage achieved the highest ranking in Dota 2 history so far on Tuesday night, just hours prior to T1’s announcement of JaCkky’s release.

Five days ago, 23savage posted on Twitter that he is “LFT” (looking for a team) and is “willing to relocate.”

After his stint with Fnatic, 23savage was signed by Vici Gaming but was unable to join the Chinese powerhouse team and play even a single game due to travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 18-year-old Thai prodigy served as stand-in for BOOM Esports for its last two games in the DPC-SEA Upper Division but the Indonesian squad fell short of qualifying for the Major with a 4-3 slate, same as TNC Predator.

Should he transfer to T1, 23savage will form a formidable core trio with Filipino 11K MMR mid laner Karl “Karl” Baldovino and veteran offlaner Carlo “Kuku” Palad together with the solid Indonesian support duo of Matthew “Whitemon” Filemon and Kennedy “Xepher” Deo.