Team Heretics Team Heretics Europe Rank #3 MiniBoo Dominykas Lukaševičius Wo0t Mert Alkan RieNs Enes Ecirli benjyfishy Benjy David Fish Boo Ričardas Lukaševičius have announced that Dominykas "MiniBoo" Lukaševičius will not travel with the rest of the team to China for Masters: Shanghai. The organization identified “signs of burnout, anxiety, and overall exhaustion” weeks ago and opted to give the 18 year-old duelist a temporary break from competing.

MiniBoo broke into franchising this year by signing with Heretics alongside their revamped roster. To the surprise of many, the new team advanced all the way to the grand final of EMEA Kickoff without dropping a map, where they qualified to Masters: Madrid alongside Karmine Corp Karmine Corp Europe Rank #17 MAGNUM Martin Penkov tomaszy Tomás Machado N4RRATE Marshall Massey marteen Martin Pátek sh1n Ryad Ensaad as EMEA's second seed.

miniboo madrid image MiniBoo was one of the youngest players at Madrid. (Photo: Adela Sznajder/Riot Games)

Utilizing the aid of a substitute player, Team Heretics managed to take maps off of Sentinels Sentinels North America Rank #4 TenZ Tyson Ngo Zellsis Jordan Montemurro zekken Zachary Patrone johnqt Mohamed Amine Ouarid Sacy Gustavo Rossi and Paper Rex Paper Rex Asia-Pacific Rank #1 mindfreak Aaron Leonhart Jinggg Wang Jing Jie f0rsakeN Jason Susanto d4v41 Khalish Rusyaidee something Ilya Petrov – the former going on to hoist Spain's trophy – before losing both series and eventually exiting Madrid early.

Upon their return to Split 1 of the EMEA League, Heretics were slow to return to form and ended the season with a 3-2 record, just barely advancing to the playoffs. However, the team was able to adjust accordingly and once again advanced straight to the grand final without dropping a map to secure another second seed at Masters.

This will be the second instance where Team Heretics field a stand-in at a Masters event. The organization will make an announcement regarding MiniBoo's substitution in the near future while the talent finishes up his exams and takes a well-deserved rest.

Team Heretics Team Heretics Europe Rank #3 MiniBoo Dominykas Lukaševičius Wo0t Mert Alkan RieNs Enes Ecirli benjyfishy Benjy David Fish Boo Ričardas Lukaševičius ' Shanghai roster is currently: