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 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).
iG.Dota2 roster update:— Invictus Gaming (@invgaming) November 21, 2021
We would like welcome Frisk (fka.@fade_dota) for joining us in the new DPC season.
And our roster is locked today with flyfly, Emo, JT(@JackieThiay) and Oli~ remains.
New season, new challenges, new journey!
It's all about believin'#iGDota #GoInvictus pic.twitter.com/HvN6IVRJqm
Team SMG updated their roster on 20 November. Ryan Jay 'raging-potato' Qui completed the team as position 3 player.
Meet our Team SMG DPC 2022 roster!— Team SMG (@TeamSMGofficial) November 22, 2021
3. Raging Potato
4. ah fu
Expect fast paced Dota 2 action as we look to secure our spot for #TI11 with newest member, THE ONE TRUE BOMB, Raging Potato 🇵🇭 !#Dota2 #StillMovingUnderFire #DPC2022 #TI11 pic.twitter.com/rW7XaKXn1J
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
𝗧𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗸 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗦𝘂𝗺𝗮𝗶𝗹 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗦𝗮𝗸𝘀𝗮.— OG (@OGesports) November 8, 2021
Following TI11, both players expressed their wishes to look for opportunities outside of OG.
We'll always cherish the time we spend together, and we wish you the best in the future.
Thank you for everything friends.#DreamOG pic.twitter.com/KHteYmDUON
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.
After many years of hard work and dedication, @Ceb is stepping down from competing at the highest level.— OG (@OGesports) November 18, 2021
Even though he closes this chapter, his journey with OG is just starting , many adventures are still to come.
Thank you, Ceb.
Full video: https://t.co/CK2R4jXdEV#DreamOG pic.twitter.com/gJdIfmXmT8
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.
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).
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.
“Winning is a consequence, not an objective”-@Ceb— OG (@OGesports) November 21, 2021
A chapter closes, a new one is just starting.
We have chosen to bring fresh talent into the Dota scene for the new iteration of OG.
- Artem 'Yuragi' Golubiev
- Bozhidar 'bzm' Georgiev Bogdanov
- Ammar 'ATF' Saleh Alassaf
- Tommy 'Taiga' Le
- Mikhail 'Misha' Agatov
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.
Tal 'Fly' Aizik parted ways with EG after three years to join the new team Talon Esports in Southeast Asia.
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.
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:
- Artour 'Arteezy' Babaev
- Abed 'Abed' Yusop
- Egor 'Nightfall' Grigorenko
- Andreas 'Cr1t-' Nielsen
- Jesse 'JerAx' Vainikka
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.
On 19 November, it was announced that Taiga will no longer compete for Liquid.
Team Liquid roster:
- Michael 'm`ICKe' Vu
- Samuel 'Boxi' Svahn
- Aydin 'INSaNIA' Sarkohi
- Ludwig 'zai' Wåhlberg
- Lasse 'Matumbaman' Urpalainen
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 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.
Update: Alliance announced another departure a few days later. Their captain and offlaner Gustav 's4' Magnusson left the team on 24 October.
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.
- Nikolay 'Nikobaby' Nikolov
- Ondřej 'Supream^' Štarha
- Adam 'Aramis' Moroz
- Rodrigo 'Lelis' Santos
- Simon 'Handsken' Haag
- Henrik 'AdmiralBulldog' Ahnberg (sub)
- Niklas Oscar 'okcya' Koskinen (coach)
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.
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.
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."
- Michał 'Nisha' Jankowski
- Sumail 'SumaiL' Syed Hassan
- Daryl Koh 'iceiceice' Pei Xiang
- Yazied 'YapzOr' Jaradat
- Clement 'Puppey' Ivanov
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.
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.
Welcome our new Dota 2 carry — Pure!— Virtus.pro (@virtuspro) November 17, 2021
«It was our mutual decision to move Nightfall and Save- to the inactive roster. The first addition to our team is a young carry player, Ivan “Pure” Moskalenko» (c) Sergey Glamazda
Read more about our new carry: https://t.co/FqNUvPWcn9 pic.twitter.com/VrhCMfwhbm
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:
- Artem 'fng' Barshack
- Roman 'RAMZEs' Kushnarev
- Vladimir 'RodjER' Nikogosyan
- depressed kid
- Pavel '9pasha' Khvastunov
Filipino organisation TNC Predator revealed a new roster on 17 November.
Introducing the newly reborn TNC Predator! 🔥🔥— TNC Predator 🇵🇭 (@TNCPredator) November 17, 2021
Levi "YoungGod" Lagaret
Yuri Dave "Yowe" Pacaña
Lee "Xiaoyu" Qian Yu
Prieme Ejay "PlayHard" Banquil
Kim "Febby" Yong-Min
Statement in the replies...#AlwaysRise#ItLiesWithin#PlaytoWin pic.twitter.com/6xuVv7oj4k
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:
- Kim Villafuerte 'Gabbi' Santos
- Rafli 'Mikoto' Faturahman
- Damien 'kpii' Chok
- Brizio 'Hyde-' Adi Putra
- Tal 'Fly' Aizik
HELLLLLOOO @DOTA2 👋— TALON (@Talon__esports) November 16, 2021
HELLLLLOOO SEA 👀
Mabuhay Philippines 🇵🇭🇵🇭
Our new roster for DOTA 2. LETS GET IT 😈@gabbidoto @mikoto347 @kpiidota @hydedota2 @talflyaizik #dota2 #SEA #SOARWITHTALON pic.twitter.com/NgT8Pv7E34
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 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.
Elephant's Manager responding to disband rumor -— Arthur (@LeonArthurDota) October 24, 2021
"We aren't disbanding, there will be a 2nd year. Details will be confirmed when we're back in China."
p/s - Lotta people under the comment section are wishing for Elephant to get xNova over to the team. pic.twitter.com/1pOgX3JHJb
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.
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.
Depois de muito tempo de espera tenho o orgulho de anunciar nossa line-up para a temporada 2021/2022:— Danylo Nascimento (@Kingrdxd) November 5, 2021
Estamos abertos a patrocinadores e parcerias com organizações.
DM-nos para mais informações. pic.twitter.com/VuoAlNZf4b
The TI10 champions confirmed in an interview that they will stick together.
OB Esports X Neon
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.
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.
Thoughts about TI + Undying's Future— David Tan (@MoonMeanderated) November 1, 2021
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.
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.
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.
The Brazilian organisation SG esports parts ways with their players. Apparently, they are currently in negotiations with new players for the next season.
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.
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.
LGD's General Manager Pan Fei shared that their players have unanimously agreed to stick together and fight again for another year.— Tiffani 'Oling' Lim (@babyolingg) October 18, 2021
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
QCY parting ways and my future— Rodrigo Lelis (@lelisdota) October 17, 2021
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.
There's a new-look Quincy Crew coming for the #NADPC. We are proud to announce our roster for the 2021/2022 season:— Quincy Crew (@Quincy_Crew) November 4, 2021
3. @KheZu (C)
We are open to sponsor, endorsement, and org partnerships. DM us for more information. pic.twitter.com/VeRAvCxgAV
Quincy Crew's roster:
- Yawar 'YawaR' Hassan
- Quinn 'CCnC' Callahan
- Maurice 'KheZu' Gutmann
- Milan 'MiLAN' Kozomara
- Remus 'ponlo' Goh Zhi Xian
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.
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.
Mensagem para os fãs do time de dota 2 NoPing VPN pic.twitter.com/jgwmSsaAaq— NoPing e-sports (@NoPingEsports) October 18, 2021
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.
Lft pos 5 4 coach any region— Yongmin Kim (@Febbydota) October 18, 2021
Photo credit: OG Esports