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Puppey confirms he was asked to coach 9Pandas and stand-in for Team SMG

Legendary captain Clement "Puppey" Ivanov said that both rumors about him attending The International 2023 were true. He was asked to coach 9Pandas, and he was going to play for Team SMG instead of Jaunuel "Jaunuel" Arcilla. Team Secret leader shared that on TI12 community cast with Aleksandr "Nix" Levin.

9Pandas were the only one who asked me to go with them. [And what about Team SMG?] Yes, I was supposed to play for them, but Jaunuel got his visa two days before the flight to US.

Clement "Puppey" Ivanov
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9Pandas members also talked about that before. According to RAMZES, they were going to go to Seattle with Ivanov, he agreed, but warned them beforehand that he is more interested in playing. Offer to stand-in came, and the plans changed, so they took Dmitry "DM" Dorokhin with them.

Team SMG attended Seattle with one stand-in: Ivan "MinD_ContRoL" Ivanov played instead of Natthaphon "Masaros" Ouanphakdee. They couldn't put up a fight, exiting the tournament in groups.

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