All the notable roster changes on the road to TI7
Having a hard time keeping track of what’s what and who’s who in the Post-Kiev Major shuffle? No worries, we’ve compiled what’s worth noting with the world’s best right here.
Many say that perhaps the best part of Dota 2’s pro scene relies on the Roster Drop and Lock periods that happen after each and every Valve-event, formerly only TI, and now includes the Major tournaments series. From the drama, to the rumors, to the controversies, and whatever story that comes with each player movement, the roster shuffle period is truly and exciting phase in the professional competitive scene, and sometimes, even more exciting than the actual games themselves.
Although it’s only just been a week after the Kiev Major ended, many teams and players have already started switching around players and roles as everyone prepares for the upcoming Lock period which will happen later this May, and ultimately, the 7th installment of the The International Dota 2 Championships.
Change is coming, and is always coming to Dota 2, however, some of the top teams have learned to reject change, with their rosters at least, as they plan to retain their rosters on the road to TI7, presumably because of the commendable performances that only need polishing in order to win the coveted Aegis of Champions. Such teams that have confirmed or at least hinted that they will not be making any roster changes are teams Evil Geniuses, Virtus.pro, Newbee, and Fnatic, whose players and management bodies have either stated or confirmed that they will be retaining players for TI7.
The Early Birds
Even before Kiev ended, some teams, particularly the ones who didn’t make it, have already begun the shuffle period on their own with announcements of disbandment, player releases, and pros finding their new homes happening since early April. Some of the notable ones include Theeban “1437” Siva and Avery “SVG” Silverman being kicked out of Team NP and is now replaced by Adrian “FATA” Trinks and Johan “pieliedie” Åström, the complete disbandment of team B)ears which resulted in SEA pros Adam Erwann Shah “343” bin Akhtar Hussein and Lee “Forev” Sang-don being temporary free agents, Wong “ChuaN” Hock Chuan’s return to ViCi Gaming as Leong “DDC” Fat-meng goes to LGD.Forever Young, and Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev’s return to team Natus Vincere.
New updates and more movement in May
A week ago, there was news about Team Random, which is composed of players that have won the TI6 championship title under the Wings Gaming brand, being dissolved as 4 of their players are said to be ceasing their pro Dota 2 activities, late last week however, a new update comes from the team’s Weibo page saying that the players will be taking a temporary break although other than that, fans have been advised to wait for any follow up announcements regarding what the future holds for the former TI champs. Also, early last week, the tremor of the post-Kiev Major shuffle has reached the SEA region as team Warriors Gaming.Unity has announced Ah Fu and Ah Jit‘s departure from the team with no replacements being announced yet, former WG.Unity player’s Tue “Ahfu” Soon Chuan’s reason for departure can be assumed as him finding new horizons for his Dota 2 career as he is now part of team LGD.Forever Young, together with He “Inflame” Yongzheng as they replace Luo “Lpc” Puchao and Xiao “Jixing” Zhihao. In addition to WG.Unity and Team Random, Europe’s most celebrated team Team Secret will also welcome themselves a new member in the form of Yazied “YapzOr” Jaradat as pieliedie leaves to join Jacky “EternalEnvy” Mao in Team NP.