GAMES: A Post TI9 Debrief: What happens next?
August 28, 2019 Victoria Luz
As soon as The International 2019 came to an end, almost all teams enter the post TI9 roster shuffle in preparation for the next DPC season!
Change is indeed inevitable, especially in the Dota 2 scene. And with The International 2019 coming to an end, the competitive scene will be a breath of fresh air. Some might have fruitful experiences, some had to reflect and succumb to change in order to move forward in their career.
So it’s no surprise to see teams undergoing their roster shuffle now that the biggest tournament everyone practiced for is officially done. So we’ve compiled every region’s team changes, from transfers and switches, both rumors and confirmed updates. Especially for the teams that participated at The International 2019.
— Jonathan Berg (@LodaBerg) August 26, 2019
There are rumors that Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng and Ludwig “zai” Wåhlberg might be leaving Team Secret. And that there’s a possibility that Team Secret will acquire Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen.
While Alliance will still be keeping their roster, despite the misclick mishap they suffered in The International 2019 against Royal Never Give Up. The CEO of Alliance Jonathan “Loda” Berg confirmed it in his tweet. But Maurice ‘KheZu‘ Gutmann will be leaving Chaos Esports Club after tweeting about looking for a new team.
North America & South America
It is with great appreciation that we announce the release of our Dota 2 roster today.
We'd like to thank the team for this season and wish everyone the best moving forward.
Over the next few weeks and months, we will be evaluating our options for the next DPC season. pic.twitter.com/OUDByYCAUd
— Complexity Gaming (@compLexity) August 26, 2019
Gustav “s4” Magnusson and Tal “Fly” Aizik might be departing from Evil Geniuses. In turn, EG might be picking up a CIS player to replace them.
While compLexity Gaming confirmed to release their Dota 2 team from their organization.
Konstantin Pikiner, Gambit Esports Chief Gaming Officer:
"We are pleased that gpk has joined Gambit. He’s a young and talented player, who proved himself at TI9 CIS Qualifier. On behalf of Gambit Esports I’d like to wish him luck in an upcoming season. Welcome to Gambit, Danil!"
— Gambit Esports (@GambitEsports) August 22, 2019
According to Russian shoutcaster Vitalii Nikolaevich “v1lat” Volochai, Virtus.pro will be making drastic changes in their roster. Among the rumored changes are Roman “RAMZES666” Kushnarev and Pavel “9pasha” Khvastunov’s departure from the team.
While Gambit Esports will have Danil “gpk” Skutin added to their roster as a replacement to Andrey “Afoninje” Afonin.
Fade’s post translates:
“I will retire and hope that marks that end of the drama. I’m tired of being at the center of the storm. Playing competitively for all these years, I’ve made many mistakes but also had many happy memories. I think I’ve disappointed you guys too many times. Let’s end it right here, I will go back to being a normal guy who can enjoy Dota in a simpler way.”
With the pressure and intense from the Chinese Dota community, Pan “Fade” Yi confirms his departure from Vici Gaming. Not only that, but he also mentioned that he will be retiring from the competitive scene.
— Nikobaby (@NikoDOTA) August 26, 2019
As for SEA teams, TNC.Predator will likely be keeping their roster intact. However, there are rumors that Coach Heen might be leaving the team for unknown personal reasons.
On the other hand, Nikolay “Nikobaby” Nikolov left Mineski. Same goes with Michael “ninjaboogie” Ross Jr. Both players are already looking for a new team.
Kim “DuBu” Doo-young confirmed his departure from Fnatic. There are a few rumors that Fnatic will be revamping the whole team. And Abed Azel “Abed” Yusop might be leaving for an NA team.
We are proud to announce our first step into DotA2. Please welcome #Forev – the first member of #T1 #DotA2 !#T1 이 #도타2 에도 출사표를 내려합니다. 그 첫 발걸음을 함께 하기 위해 새롭게 영입된 #Forev #이상돈 선수를 소개합니다. pic.twitter.com/A14A2jV9nx
— T1 (@T1) August 22, 2019
While South Korean organization T1, announced that they will be expanding their horizons to Dota 2. They have recently acquired Lee “Forev” Sang-don as part of the new team.
So far, those are the updates from most teams. But there is a huge possibility that there will be more changes to come in their rosters. Especially with the 2019-2020 DPC season to commence later this year.
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