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Post-TI Roster Shuffle: Teams prepare for next DPC season

posted by NanaKrustofski,
The International 2021 just ended this weekend and the players are already searching for their new homes to fight for the Aegis next year. Here is an overview of the current roster shuffles. Note: This article will be updated

The dust of the most important tournament of the year has barely settled and players are already on the hunt for a spot in a new line-up. Some teams have confirmed their first changes, others want to stay together, coaches are on their pilgrimage to support a new squad and so on. Here is an overview of all the roster changes.

Invictus Gaming



21 November

Invictus Gaming confirmed their new line-up on 21 November. Since Hu 'Kaka' Liangzhi's contract expired, the team needed a new position 4 player and opted for Pan 'Fade' Yi (alias Frisk).





Team SMG



20 November

Team SMG updated their roster on 20 November. Ryan Jay 'raging-potato' Qui completed the team as position 3 player.





OG



8 November

Two players of OG decided to leave the team after their 7-8th place finish at TI. Sumail 'SumaiL' Syed Hassan and Martin 'Saksa' Sazdov will no longer compete for the organisation. It is not yet known which squad they will join next, or who will take over their empty slots in the line-up. Update: Sumail joined Team Secret



18 November

Legendary player CEEEEEEEB decided to once again step down from the position as an active player, as it was confirmed on 18 November. The 29-year-old already posted his decision a few weeks ago, but not the roster change is official.



19 November

On 19 November, Topias 'Topson' Taavitsainen's break from competitive Dota was confirmed. The 23-year-old will not retire completely, but go on a break for about a year to spend time with his family, as he became a father in 2020. At the moment, n0tail is the only registered player for OG.

20 November

Even legends need to take a break: The sunflower himself N0tail will also go on a hiatus, as OG communicated on 20 November. The two-time world champion wants to go on a health break for at least a year, but he will not step away from the scene completely: He will be mentoring the new OG lin-eup (not announced yet).

21 November

OG are back with another squad! The org posted their new line-up on 21 November and it features a lot of new faces. While fans definitely know Misha and Taiga, there might be people who have not yet heard about their pos 1-3 players. Ukrainian carry Artem 'Yuragi' Golubiev competed for Team Unique in the previous DPC season, Bulgarian midlaner Bozhidar 'bzm' Georgiev Bogdanov was part of Creepwave as well as Jordanian offlaner Ammar 'ATF' Saleh Alassaf. You might remember the 16-year-old talent under a different nickname: Ammar The F*cker.



OG's roster:


  • ua Artem 'Yuragi' Golubiev
  • bg Bozhidar 'bzm' Georgiev Bogdanov
  • jo Ammar 'ATF' Saleh Alassaf
  • no Tommy 'Taiga' Le
  • ru Mikhail 'Misha' Agatov




Evil Geniuses



15 November

The official registration page for the DPC confirms that Evil Geniuses will keep at least three of the players from the previous season: Artour 'Arteezy' Babaev, Andreas 'Cr1t-' Nielsen and Abed 'Abed' Yusop.

16 November

Tal 'Fly' Aizik parted ways with EG after three years to join the new team Talon Esports in Southeast Asia.

17 November

Daryl Koh 'iceiceice' Pei Xiang will no longer play for EG as posted on social media on 17 November. Instead, he will join EU team Secret.

21 November

The one and only Jesse 'JerAx' Vainikka is back! The Earth Spirit master stages a surprising comeback as he returns to the competitive scene. However, he will not be competing for his former squad OG but for EG instead. The NA organisation also shared another major new addition: Egor 'Nightfall' Grigorenko will take over the offlane role.



Evil Geniuses roster:





Team Liquid



17 November

Lasse 'Matumbaman' Urpalainen and Team Liquid sound like an excellent combo to many fans. That's why the carry player returned to the organisation as they announced this Wednesday. The 26-year-old won The International 2017 with Liquid, proving he has great chemistry with the org.

The roster change also means he will join his former Secret-teammate zai who switched to Liquid already earlier this month.



The organisation also revealed on 17 November that Max 'Qojqva' Broecker will not be on their active player roster this DPC season, but remain with them and work as a streamer for Liquid.



19 November

On 19 November, it was announced that Taiga will no longer compete for Liquid.

Team Liquid roster:





Vici Gaming



19 November

Chinese organisation Vici Gaming is ready to take over th DPC season with a new roster which they presented on their Weibo on 19 November.

Vici Gaming's roster:





Alliance



21 October

Alliance had a surprisingly strong season and finished as 10th in the DPC. However, their run at TI10 ended quickly after a devastating 2-0 loss against T1. Now they'll part ways with Linus 'Limmp' Blomdin and Artem 'fng' Barshack.



24 October

Update: Alliance announced another departure a few days later. Their captain and offlaner Gustav 's4' Magnusson left the team on 24 October.



18 November

18 November: Alliance introduced their new roster on Thursday, including some new but also some well known faces. Fans can enjoy the return of Henrik 'AdmiralBulldog' Ahnberg who was signed as substitute player.



Alliance roster:





Team Secret



3 November

Team Secret currently have to find a new offlaner to fill in the empty spot that Ludwig 'zai' Wåhlberg left. It is not yet known which team the Swede is going to join next. Updated: He joined Team Liquid.



15 November

Another major roster change for Team Secret: After zai left the team two weeks prior, their carry player Lasse 'Matumbaman' Urpalainen also parted ways with the team. Is it not yet known which team he is going to join next or which player will take over his role. Update: He also joined Team Liquid.



18 November

Secret revealed their newest addition on 18 November: Former Evil Geniuses offlaner Daryl Koh 'iceiceice' Pei Xiang will now take over the position 3 for them.

On 18 November Secret also introduced Sumail 'SumaiL' Syed Hassan as their new midlaner. The king of mid shared the following in the official blog post by the org: "Sup, bi*ches."



Secret roster:





Virtus.pro



1 November

After internal discussions, Virtus.pro decided to try out new players for position 1 and 4. However, it is not yet certain if they will change their roster of if Egor 'Nightfall' Grigorenko and Vitalie 'Save-' Melnic will continue playing for them.



17 November

CIS organisation Virtus.pro shared some roster changes on 17 November. Egor 'Nightfall' Grigorenko and Vitalie 'Save-' Melnic are benched, whereas Ivan 'Pure' Moskalenko will join them as their new carry. The 17-year-old has not been on the map for many fans, as VP is his first official big roster.



Virtus.pro roster:





CIS Rejects



17 November

A new squad is on the rise: Five CIS players formed a line-up called CIS Rejects. The team was registered at the Dota 2 Majors Registration page on 17 November. This is their roster according to the registrations:





TNC Predator



17 November

Filipino organisation TNC Predator revealed a new roster on 17 November.



Talon Esports



16 November

Southeast Asia has a new and fierce team to watch out for: Talon Esports was revealed on 16 November and sports five well-known players:


  • ph Kim Villafuerte 'Gabbi' Santos
  • id Rafli 'Mikoto' Faturahman
  • au Damien 'kpii' Chok
  • id Brizio 'Hyde-' Adi Putra
  • il Tal 'Fly' Aizik






Xtreme Gaming



11 November

The Major Registration page further shows the foundation of a new Chinese team. After Elephant disbanded, Zhang 'Eurus' Chengjun is now part of a squad called Xtreme Gaming. The team also features Ding 'Dy' Cong, Han 'pyw' Xiong and Sun 'Srf' Runfa.



Elephant



24 October

Elephant contradicts rumors of their disbandment and announces the team's continuance for at least another year. The Chinese organisation entered this year's TI in the lower bracket and lost further qualification to Evil Geniuses.



11 November

The Chinese superstar roster of Elephant has disbanded. There have been various rumours for a few days surrounding the org, but Elephant posted an official statement this Thursday on their Weibo. They revealed that the organisation itself will be inactive for now but has ambitionsto form a new team. All players as well as their coach Bai 'rOtK' Fan were released and are now free agents. The statement also refuted some rumours and explained that the players are not tied to their contracts and are free to search a new team, which was backed up by a post from Maybe.



Let's Play



5 November

Brazilian support player Danylo 'KINGRD' Nascimento revealed a new line-up this Friday. He also stated that the team is currently open for sponsors and partnerships.





Team Spirit



3 November

The TI10 champions confirmed in an interview that they will stick together.



OB Esports X Neon



2 November

SEA squad OB Esports x Neon are getting ready for the new DPC by completely changing their roster. Apart from five new players, they also signed icon Wong Hock 'Chuan' Chuan as their coach.





Team Undying



1 November

David 'Moonmeander' Tan shared his thoughts about the future of Undying after this year's TI in a tweet. The post also includes the announcement that both Kim 'Febby' Yong-Min and the team's manager Panders part ways with the line-up in the upcoming season.





T1



30 October

T1's team roster announcement came in the form of a video, stating that the current line-up will re-new their contracts for the next DPC season.





Motivate.Trust Gaming



27 October

The Thai team Motivate.Trust Gaming will allegedly stick together in its current constellation. According to news portal Jaxon, players even denied offers with higher wages to compete for MTG in the coming season.



Fnatic



21 October

After a 9th-12th place at TI10 Fnatic decided to bid farewell to Kee Chyuan 'ChYuan' Ng and Yang 'Deth' Wu Heng. Both players joined the squad in the preparation for the SEA TI qualifiers.





SG Esports



20 October

The Brazilian organisation SG esports parts ways with their players. Apparently, they are currently in negotiations with new players for the next season.



12 November

Brazilian organisation SG esports announced their new lineup on 12 November. The roster features: Danilo 'Arms' Silva, Eliseo 'Faker' Arancibia (Kxy), Lucas 'Hyko' Oliveira, Artur 'LTH' Lauth and Nicolás Gabriel 'Wij' Moreno.







PSG.LGD



18 October

The players from the chinese organisation PSG.LGD decided to stick together and play for another year. No wonder: The powerhouse got second place at TI and was just one victory away from the Aegis.





Quincy Crew



17 October

The North American team Quincy Crew has two confirmed changes: Offlaner Rodrigo 'Lelis' Santos and their coach Maurice 'KheZu' Gutmann left the squad. A new team for the two pros has not been confirmed as of right now. Update: The new limneup was revealed on 4 November



4 November

From coach to player: Maurice 'KheZu' Gutmann will join Quincy Crew for the next season. During TI10 he acted as their coach where the team finished in 9-12th place. On top of that, Milan 'MiLAN' Kozomara and Remus 'ponlo' Goh Zhi Xian will join the NA squad for the next season.



Quincy Crew's roster:





Thunder Predator



16 October

The South American players from Thunder Predator decided to stick together after TI10. However, they parted ways with their organisation and are currently looking for a new one.





NoPing e-sports



18 October

Brazilian team NoPing Esports did not quite make the cut to qualify for this year's TI. The organisation announced that with the agreement of all the players, they will not continue with the current line-up. They will form a new squad for the next DPC season.





Undying



18 October

NA squad Undying were eliminated in the first round of the Lower Bracket. Their former coach Kim 'Febby' Yong-Min made his departure short and clean: He is looking for his next team.



Photo credit: OG Esports

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