Singapore's iceiceice leaves JJ Lin's Team SMG a day after TI11

iceiceice eats the cheese after an exhibition match at TI11. (Photo: Valve via Dota 2 Flickr)
iceiceice eats the cheese after an exhibition match at TI11. (Photo: Valve via Dota 2 Flickr)

Singaporean Dota 2 player Daryl "iceiceice" Koh has left JJ Lin's Team SMG, the org announced on Monday (31 Oct).

The announcement comes a day after Tundra Esports lifted the Aegis at The International 11 (TI11) in Singapore, a TI which Singapore's most prominent Dota 2 pro missed because Team SMG failed to register in time.

In a follow-up to a tweet on Twitter (which had mistakenly tagged the wrong iceiceice account), SMG clarified that iceiceice had not been "kicked", and had instead left after his contract had ended.

The SMG Twitter account had been replying to TSM's David "MoonMeander" Tan, who had tagged iceiceice's Twitter account correctly.

It has been a rough 2022 for the Singaporean, having started the year with Team Secret after joining them near the close of 2021 from North America's Evil Geniuses.

With the DPC coming to a close and Secret failing to impress after failing to make it to the Arlington Major, iceiceice was left in the cold ahead of a Saudi-sponsored exhibition tournament.

Secret brought in Ukrainian offlaner Roman "Resolut1on" Fomynok as a stand-in, before formally announcing iceiceice's departure, a move which saw the Singaporean eventually link up with fellow countryman Wilson "poloson" Koh on Team SMG's roster.

With TI11 being announced in Singapore, there had been high hopes to see iceiceice compete in front of a crowd in his home country.

Unfortunately, those came crumbling down swiftly as it was revealed that SMG failed to register in time for the Southeast Asia regional qualifiers, which meant the team were disqualified had no chances of even making it anywhere near TI.

Fortunately, Singaporean Dota 2 fans still got a taste of their homegrown hero as Valve engaged iceiceice in several pieces of content for the event, as well as for the exhibition match of Team Dragon versus Team Thunderhide.

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