Each year, the world's best teams and players use The International
as a litmus test for their viability moving into the following season. As players and teams assess their strengths and weaknesses, this is the period with the most trades, drops, retirements, and free agencies of the year. Check inside for all the rumors and changes so far.
Last update: 29.08.2014 - 19:00 CEST
(This article is being updated live on a day-to-day basis, with newer announcements at the top.)
Live Ticker: Recent Changes
Confirmed: (29/08 - 19:00) Both Sam "BuLba" Sosale and Max "qojqva" Broecker have been officially released from Team Liquid as they have found a new home in Team Tinker.
(all times in CEST)
Confirmed: (29/08 - 17:00) Sergey "Ars-Art" Revin has chosen to retire from the competitive scene leaving his previous team M5 without a fifth member. Vladimir "PGG" Anosov has stepped in as a replacement and will serve as the fifth member of the new Moscow 5 squad.
Confirmed: (28/08 - 16:00) compLexity Gaming has announced their return to competitive Dota 2 by picking up stayGreen, a former all-star Heroes of Newerth team.
Confirmed: (27/08 - 20:00) TongFu picks up a new team consisting of "retired" veterans of the Chinese scene. While the team originally stated they would play just for fun, there’s no doubt that the team of this caliber could become much.
Unconfirmed: (27/08 - 19:00) Chai "Mushi" Yee Fung teams up with Ohaiyo, KyXy, Net & dabeliuteef for the G1-Gaming Challenge. Is this the beginning of Orange 2.0?
Confirmed: (27/08 - 17:00) The Secret Team finally shows its face to the public. The all-star roster of the team consists of top notch players such as Kuroky, Puppey, s4, n0tail/BigDaddy and Fly.
Confirmed: (26/08 - 21:00) DK have dissolved their Dota 2 roster effective immediately. The organization states that they are actively looking for new players to build their new team around.
Confirmed: (26/08 - 20:00) The Chinese reshuffle comes to an end as all the major teams apart from CIS and Team DK have released their rosters. This includes the brand new rosters of iG, LGD, Vici Gaming, NewBee and HGT.
Confirmed: (26/08 - 18:00) - Team Empire has made an official announcement regarding their new roster. Aleksey "Solo" Berezin has joined the team after qualifying for MSI Beat It with Team Empire.
Confirmed: (25/08 - 17:00) - Natus Vincere has announced their new roster, Artsiom "fng" Barshack and Ivan "VANSKOR" Skorokhod will be replacing Puppey and Kuroky.
Unconfirmed: (24/08 - 19:00) - New Alliance roster gleams on the horizon as the rumors are now tying the ex HoN pro Rasmus "Chessie" Blomdin & Rasmus "MiSeRy" Filipsen to the team. The duo would replace EGM & s4 who are said to no longer be part of the team.
Unconfirmed: (24/08 - 18:00) - Our inside sources are indicating that the new Fnatic lineup will consist of h4nn1 & Trixi as well as three new recruits: Buugi, matunbaman & paS.
Confirmed: (24/08 - 17:00) - Team Empire has officially announced the departure of Ivan "VANSKOR" Skorokhod from the team. The rumors are already tying the talented support player to Natus Vincere.
Confirmed: (22/08 - 23:00) - EG has officially announced the return of a Dota legend Clinton "Fear" Loomis to the team, replacing Mason who was kicked from the team almost a month back.
Confirmed: (20/08 - 20:00) - Adrian "Era" Kryeziu has officially departed from Fnatic leaving the roster down one man. The future of the team seems uncertain as both n0tail and Fly have also been rumored to be moving on.
Confirmed: (20/08 - 19:00) - Clement "Puppey" Ivanov leaves Natus Vincere after several years with the team, although he has said this is not the end of his pro career - as seen below, he's possibly part of the "Secret Team".
Unconfirmed: (20/08 - 18:30) - As teams beginning to really kick into reshuffle mode, more and more words reach our ears. They include information that EGM is possibly replacing Excalibur on Team Tinker, while Misery and Wagamama are in the frame to step in at his old team, Alliance. Meanwhile, we also hear word that the "Secret Team" could be made up of Kuroky, Puppey, s4, n0tail and Fly.
Unconfirmed: (19/08 - 22:00) - It looks like Vici Gaming is losing another one of their players as Liu "Sylar" Jiajun has supposedly left the team. There are talks of his return to LGD.
Confirmed: (18/08 - 19:00) - Adrian "FATA" Trinks joins Cloud 9 as their fifth member, finalizing the C9 roster for the upcoming competitions.
Confirmed: (18/08 - 18:00) - Kuro "Kuroky" Salehi Takhasomi officially parts ways with Na'Vi leaving the legendary squad without its fifth member.
Confirmed: (17/08 - 14:30) - The captain of Vici Gaming, Bai "rOtK" Fan has announced his retirement alongside Xu "BurNIng" Zhilei from Team DK. They won't leave Dota completely as they will be casting together in the future.
Confirmed: (15/08 - 16:30) - Former NewBee's captain Zhang "xiao8" Ning has decided to take a teachers role, guiding new players in their journey of becoming eSports legends as a part of a new team. The idea is, as xiao8 explains in his Weibo post, to guide aspiring new competitive players in their journey of becoming professional gamers.
Unconfirmed: (13/08 - 19:00) - Both Kuro 'KuroKy Takhasomi and Clement 'Puppey' Ivanov seemed to have departed from Na'Vi, getting replaced by 'Vanskor' and 'Fng'.
Confirmed: (13/08 - 06:00) - Weh Sing "SingSing" Yuen has parted ways with Cloud 9. Future of the fan favorite player is still uncertain, but rumors are circulating around the recently announced Team Tinker which may stay together longer than originally anticipated.
Confirmed: (12/08 - 19:00) - Sebastien "7ckngMad" Debs is making a comeback with a brand new French team Terra Firma eSports after his brief stop behind the analyst desk. Click here for more information about how the new all-French team became a reality.
Confirmed: (09/08 - 17:00) - Scythe Gaming disbands. The players will continue to play together in First.Departure. Check out our article!
Confirmed: (09/08 - 17:00) - Moscow 5 returns to the scene to sponsor a new team. Check out our article!.
Confirmed: (06/08 - 12:00) - Xie "DD" Bin announces his retirement from a long career in LGD Gaming and competetive Dota 2. However, he will remain part of the Dota 2 community and continue to contribute as he's now interested in casting.
Confirmed: (05/08 - 16:11) - The legendary Artstyle returns, as hinted by @v1lat in his Twitter post, as part of the aquad RelaxDota
Confirmed: (05/08 - 16:11) - In a Twitter post by @GodBlessMali, he confirmed that Zhou announced a new team, with the members LongDD, June, 820 and YYF.
Confirmed: (03/08 - 15:37) - In a post on their official website, Team Liquid announced the depature of Peter 'wayto' Nguyen.
Unconfirmed: (03/08 - 15:37) - We are currently hearing some rumblings about changes within the rosters of Cloud9 and Mousesports, with word that Adrian "FATA" Trinks will be replacing WehSing "SingSing" Yuen.
Confirmed: (03/08 - 4:56) - Ben 'Merlini' Wu is going to return to competitive Dota as he will be standing in for Zephyr in Korea Dota League Season 3. He is taking the spot of Kevin 'Purge' Godec, who will be moving into the manager role.
Confirmed: (31/07 - 12:30) - Peter "ppd" Dager states on his stream, that Dominik "Black^" Reitmeier will not be joining up with the squad of EG.
Confirmed: (31/07 - 08:00) - Vici Gaming kills off the rumors that indicated Linsen "fy" Xu's departure from their roster.
Unconfirmed: (30/07 - 22:00) - Chai "Mushi" Yee Fung appears to be returning to his roots in Malaysia according to our sources, but we are still waiting for the final confirmation on the subject.
Unconfirmed: (30/07 - 00:00) - Black^ said in his AMA that he has many offers to choose from; the leader of the pack appears to be Team Liquid, but EG has also shown interest in acquiring the German carry player.
Unconfirmed: (29/07 - 23:30) - Kuro Kuroky and Clement "Puppey" are rumored to leave Na'vi, Ivan Vanskor Skorokhod and Andrey 'Alwayswannfly Bondarenko as replacements.
Confirmed: (29/07 - 20:30) - With Team Liquid being in the state of flux post-TI, they have made a hard call to release Jimmy "DeMoN" Ho of his contract and wish him the best in his future endeavors.
Confirmed: (29/07 - 20:00) - Meet Your Makers signs 13abyKnight as the first player of their revamped squad that will be announced in the next few weeks to come.
Unconfirmed: (29/07 - 13:00) - Artur "Goblak" Kostenko (formerly of RoX.KiS is reported to have said on his stream that he will be joining Na'Vi, presumably as a replacement for Puppey.
Complete List of Changes
(Changes which impact multiple teams, such as trades, will be listed under both teams.
Teams are presented in alphabetical order.)
- Confirmed: Gustav "s4" Magnusson has officially parted ways with the team joining the new Secret Team roster.
- Unconfirmed: Both Jerry "EGM" Lundkvist and Gustav "s4" Magnusson have been rumored to be out of team Alliance with Rasmus "MiSeRy" Filipsen and ex HoN pro Rasmus "Chessie" Blomdin stepping in to round up the new five-man roster.
- Confirmed: Dominick "Black^" Reitmeier has departed from CIS after the disappointing performance at TI4.
- Confirmed: Vici Gaming have successfully acquired the services of Lin "June" Shiyang from CIS.
- Confirmed: Weh Sing "SingSing" Yuen has parted ways with Cloud 9 on good terms and wishes his former team mates the best of luck. He also stated that his new team is already in the works.
- Confirmed: Cloud 9 has added Adrian "FATA" Trinks as their fifth member after releasing SingSing just a few days ago. The final roster of the new C9 is:
Jacky "EternaLEnVy" Mao
Pittner "bOne7" Armand
Kurtis "aui_2000" Ling
Johan "pieliedie" Åström
Adrian "FATA" Trinks
- Confirmed: compLexity Gaming has announced their return to competitive Dota 2 by sponsoring stayGreen, a former all-star Heroes of Newerth team.
The new compLexity Gaming lineup:
Kyle "swindlemelonzz" Freedman
Linus "Limmp" Blomdin
Zakari "Zfreek" Freedman
Andrew "Riser_" Bronze
David "MoonMeander" Tan
- Confirmed: Mason "Mason" Venne has confirmed that he was kicked from Evil Geniuses via his Twitter and a post on NA Dota which was later deleted, but can still be found in Reddit. This is most likely opening the door for Clinton "Fear" Loomis to return.
- Confirmed: Clinton "Fear" Loomis has officially returned to competitive scene as the fifth member of Evil Geniuses. The new (old) roster is now as follows:
The EG lineup:
Clinton "Fear" Loomis
Artour "Arteezy" Babaev
Saahil "UNiVeRsE" Arora
Ludwig "zai" Wåhlberg
Peter "ppd" Dager
- Confirmed: Adrian "Era" Kryeziu has decided to move on with his career leaving behind Fnatic. The team looks to release more information about the future of their Dota 2 squad soon.
- Confirmed: With Era being the first one to officially announce his departure from Fnatic, more changes are on the way as both Johan "BigDaddy/notail" Sundstein as well as Tal "Fly" Aizik join the new "Secret Team".
- Unconfirmed: According to our inside sources the new Fnatic lineup will consist of h4nn1 & Trixi as well as three new recruits: Buugi, matunbaman & paS.
- Confirmed: HyperGloryTeam announces a new roster featuring the likes of Icy and ZSMJ:
The new HGT lineup:
Jian "ZSMJ" Gong
Hu "KAKA" Liangzhi
Xiu "prettyhaw" Xiu
Wang "Icy" Peng
Guo "Cys" Sida
- Confirmed: LGD Gaming’s Xie "DD" Bin has retired from competitive Dota 2.
- Confirmed: Liu "Sylar" Jiajun is officially returning to his roots in LGD after his successful run in Vici Gaming.
- Confirmed: LGD Gaming reveals their new roster:
The LGD lineup:
Yao "Yao" Zhengzheng
Liang "ddc" Faming
Xu "Lin" Ziyang
Liu "Sylar" Jiajun
Lei "MMY" Zengrong
Zeng "Faith" Hongda
Xiaodong "InJuly" Yang
He "Inflame" Yongzheng
- Confirmed: The legendary Moscow 5 is back with a brand new team featuring the best Russian players around. Check out our article here.
- Confirmed: Vladimir "PGG" Anosov is stepping in as the fifth member of Moscow 5 as Sergey "Ars-Art" Revin retires from the competitive scene.
The new M5 lineup:
Maxim 'Tron' Vernikov
Vladislav 'Blowyourbrain' Morozyuk
Vladimir "PGG" Anosov
Igor 'Nexus' Lisakovsky
Ivan 'Vigoss' Shinkarev
- Confirmed: Kuro "Kuroky" Salehi Takhasomi has officially departed from Na'Vi leaving the team without a fifth player.
- Confirmed: Na'Vi loses yet another player as the captain of the team Clement "Puppey" Ivanov has announced his departure from the Ukrainian squad. The rumors are hinting that he’s to team up with Kuro "Kuroky" Salehi Takhasomi for a new "Secret Team".
- Confirmed: Na'Vi's new roster has finally been revealed!
The new Natus Vincere roster is:
Gleb "Funn1k" Lipatnikov
Daniil "Dendi" Ishutin
Alexander "XBOCT" Dashkevich
Ivan "VANSKOR" Skorokhod
Artsiom "fng" Barshack
- Confirmed: Braxton "Brax" Paulson has stated via Twitter that the team will not be making any changes and plan on sticking together. Their lineup is as follows:
The Na'Vi.us lineup:
JingJun "Sneyking" Wu
Steven "Korok" Ashworth
Braxton "Brax" Paulson
Ioannis "Fogged" Loucas
Theeban "1437" Siva
- Confirmed: The NewBee captain Zhang "xiao8" Ning has parted ways with the team to pursue a new dream. He’s decided to take a teacher’s role in his new team to guide new players in their journey in eSports.
- Confirmed: The team premieres their new roster:
The brand new NewBee lineup:
Chen "Hao" Zhihao
Zhang "Mu" Pan
Wang "Rabbit" Zhang
Jiao "Banana" Wang
Wang "SanSheng" Zhaohui
- Confirmed: Ivan "Artstyle" Antonov is making a comeback joining the Russian team Relax as their fifth member.
- Confirmed: The new Relax has been signed by / HellRaisers.
/ HellRaisers roster:
Ivan "ArtStyle" Antonov
Andrei "Dread" Golubev
Vitalii "dubas" Luhtan
Ilya "ALOHADANCE" Korobkin
Maxim "Yoky" Kim
- Confirmed: The Secret Team has finally been announced:
The brand new Secret Team:
Clement "Puppey" Ivanov
Kuro "Kuroky" Salehi Takhasomi
Gustav "s4" Magnusson
Tal "Fly" Aizik
Johan "BigDaddy/notail" Sundstein
- Confirmed: Ivan "VANSKOR" Skorokhod has officially parted ways with Team Empire. The departure of the talented support player does not come as a surprise as he’s already rumored to be on his way to Natus Vincere.
- Confirmed: The recent transfer of Ivan "VANSKOR" Skorokhod to Natus Vincere left a void in Team Empire that has now finally been filled as Aleksey "Solo" Berezin officially rounds up the new Empire roster:
The new Team Empire squad:
Andrew "Mag" Chipenko
Roman "Resolut1on" Fominok
Andrey "ALWAYSWANNAFLY" Bondarenko
Airat "Silent" Gaziev
Aleksey "Solo" Berezin
- Confirmed: Jimmy "DeMoN" Ho has now officially parted ways with Team Liquid.
- Confirmed: Peter "wayto" Nguyen is moving on with his life leaving behind Team Liquid. He states though that this is in no way a retirement, but a temporary pause in his career.
- Confirmed: Sam "BuLba" Sosale and Max "qojqva" Broecker are no longer part of Team Liquid as they have been released from their contracts. The duo now looks to pursue new goals in Team Tinker
- Confirmed: Sebastien "7ckngMad" Debs and Titouan "Sockshka" Merloz form the core of a brand new all-French team Terra Firma eSports.
Terra Firma eSports roster:
Sebastien '7ckngMad' Debs
Titouan 'Sockshka' Merloz
Sullivan 'Joraal' Carlotti
Choi 'Crio_J' Jong-Bin
Arben 'Arbenlol' Forest-Sisalem
- Confirmed: TongFu has announced that they will be sponsoring TongFu.OB, a team consisting of "retired" professionals.
The TongFu.OB roster:
Jiang "YYF" Cen
Xie "DD" Bin
Huang "LongDD" Xiang
Chen "Zhou" Yao
Zou "820" Yitian
Zhou "Zippo" Xiong
- Confirmed: VG confirms that Linsen "fy" Xu will be staying with the team despite the earlier rumors of his departure.
- Confirmed: Bai "rOtK" Fan has officially announced his retirement from the competitive play and looks forward to casting Dota 2 alongside Xu "BurNIng" Zhilei.
- Confirmed: Vici Gaming announces their new roster:
The brand new VG squad:
Lu "Fenrir" Chau
Xie "Super!" Junhao
Xu "fy" Linsen
Daryl "iceiceice" Koh Pei Xiang
Dominik "BlacK^" Reitmeier
This article was written by Teemu Ikonen, joinDOTA's Senior Writer.
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