For the three teams that are still in the competition, the International 2022 will end on October 30, but for those who have already been eliminated, planning for the upcoming DPC season has already started.

One of the first true bombs of the upcoming offseason was the announcement by Gaimin Gladiators that Miroslav “BOOM” Bian was leaving the team while Dota 2 fans were fixated on the TI11 finals.

After a largely successful season, many supporters probably anticipated that GG would come together once more in the hopes of getting better before the upcoming DPC season and TI12. BOOM’s departure from the team, however, has been officially announced by the organisation, and this could mean more roster changes in the future.

According to the wording, it appears BOOM is leaving the company on friendly terms, and it was probably a decision based on an expiring contract since most Dota teams only receive guaranteed contracts through the end of their TI runs. If that is the case, the rest of GG are most likely also “free agents” and pondering their options before speaking with the organisation about contracts.

The group, formerly known as Team Tickles, was formed in November 2021 from the remains of and Hellbear Smashers following TI10. The team was taken on by GG due to their early success and went on to win the inaugural Western European DPC regional league tour in 2021–2022.

With a fourth-place finish at the Stockholm Major and a guaranteed spot at TI11 locked in very early on, they maintained that momentum throughout the season as one of the biggest surprises in the area. GG entered TI11 prepared to compete against the best teams in the world, despite having a disappointing final Tour in the DPC. After a shaky performance, they eventually advanced to the main event in a best-of-one format.

GG prevailed against Fnatic in a contentious series, largely due to BOOM’s outstanding performance. However, their run would come to an end in the following round after a close 1-2 loss to OG, which saw the team leave in a tie for ninth place.

Based on his performance and development over the course of this season, BOOM will be among the most in-demand midlaners in Europe. Once the dust settles following TI11, he will probably have his pick of rosters to join as there are numerous teams and orgs looking to rebuild in the area.

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