A few days ago, we reported Clinton ‘Fear’ Loomis has joined the J.Storm Dota 2 roster. This addition comes just in time for the Chongqing Major, for which J.Storm have already secured their qualification. He replaces Milan “MiLAN” Kozomara on J.Storm as the support player. Fear’s versatility in playing multiple roles and his camaraderie with the existing players and the Coach were obviously deciding factors.
However, it seems all is not smooth when it came to MiLAN’s removal from the J.Storm roster. In a detailed statement on Twitter Milan speaks up about the incidents leading up to his removal from the team.
— MiLAN (@milandota2) December 15, 2018
Initial lack of performance due to health issues.
Seeing lots of people being quite surprised by the kick I will try giving some insights on what happened. Purpose of this tweet is not to point fingers or to create drama, it is just simply clarifying things to the public and how it all went down.
It all started sometime before KL major during our boot camp there. Somewhere in the middle of it I got quite sick and wasn’t performing as well as usual in scrims what led to us losing most of our remaining games to EG and Fnatic. Quickly team atmosphere became hostile and people started pointing fingers which led to Forev asking me something like “can u not be sick!?” Everyone remains silent, I collect my things and go back to our Airbnb(after major March approached me and apologized for making me a scapegoat and not doing anything about it, although it was obvious I was in very poor health condition). I do not play any more pubs after that, just scrims and resting. Fast forward we play the major and get top12 and seeing public being so surprised by the kick my guess is I haven’t played that bad).
Cq major qual went well and everyone was happy maybe too happy cause we didn’t scrim almost at all after it what eventually led to us losing the Esl qual to coL. But whatever we still have major to play and that is what really matters or do I?
A shocking departure from the team.
The player refers to the roster change as a kick. It was obviously a unilateral decision, something that the player was not aware of just a few days ago. When March called him to tell him about the decision, it was definitely a big blow. While the player is surprised, it is heartening to see him accept the decision and take it in his stride. We hope that he can make a stronger comeback on a new team very soon.
I come back home for long waiting rest, day after arrival I get my P1 visa. So from that angle kick came as shock since we performed well and everything was going ok, but my past experience told me that if there was something going to be changed I was the first and easiest to be blamed.
March called me a morning before the kick was announced and told me how the reason is team lacks leadership and it is not about my skill or whatever and that it was either me or Forev and he basically said u know I won’t choose u over forev. He did not mention himself as an option as obviously, that would mean demon goes away. Demon, march and Forev have been friends for over a decade and playing with fear is somewhat March’s pro career dream so IMO this decision was product based on emotions. I was always against teams within teams and its just a matter of time it ruins the whole thing. That is more, less all that led to this moment. Although I do not obviously agree with the decision that makes me miss a major I earned to play, I respect the decision of the players and management.
The player will still receive some compensation in the form of his December Salary. In addition to this, he will receive an equal share of the team’s prize money from the Chongqing Major. He played an instrumental role in the qualifiers allowing J.Storm to play in the Major. His departure so close to the Major surely rules him out of playing in the Major. However, he might still join another team post the Chongqing Major.
Compensation wise I was told I’ll be paid the remaining salary for the December and 1/6 part of CQ Major winning (this is not confirmed, just what March told me during morning call)
As of what are my plans for future I will be looking for a new team I can commit in, DMs are open.
Last but not least I’m very grateful for the love and support community is giving me and that is the reason I’m writing this. It means a whole lot <3