[Update] Fast-Track: Post TI Rosters

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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.)

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Confirmed: (29/08 - 19:00) Both us Sam "BuLba" Sosale and de Max "qojqva" Broecker have been officially released from us Team Liquid as they have found a new home in world Team Tinker.

Confirmed: (29/08 - 17:00) ru Sergey "Ars-Art" Revin has chosen to retire from the competitive scene leaving his previous team ru M5 without a fifth member. ru Vladimir "PGG" Anosov has stepped in as a replacement and will serve as the fifth member of the new ru Moscow 5 squad.

Confirmed: (28/08 - 16:00) us compLexity Gaming has announced their return to competitive Dota 2 by picking up us stayGreen, a former all-star Heroes of Newerth team.

Confirmed: (27/08 - 20:00) cn 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) my 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 eu 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) cn 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 cn CIS and cn Team DK have released their rosters. This includes the brand new rosters of cn iG, cn LGD, cn Vici Gaming, cn NewBee and cn HGT.

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Confirmed: (26/08 - 18:00) - ru 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) - ua Natus Vincere has announced their new roster, by Artsiom "fng" Barshack and ru Ivan "VANSKOR" Skorokhod will be replacing Puppey and Kuroky.

Unconfirmed: (24/08 - 19:00) - New se Alliance roster gleams on the horizon as the rumors are now tying the ex HoN pro se Rasmus "Chessie" Blomdin & dk 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 eu Fnatic lineup will consist of de h4nn1 & fi Trixi as well as three new recruits: fi Buugi, fi matunbaman & de paS.

Confirmed: (24/08 - 17:00) - ru Team Empire has officially announced the departure of ru Ivan "VANSKOR" Skorokhod from the team. The rumors are already tying the talented support player to ua Natus Vincere.

Confirmed: (22/08 - 23:00) - us EG has officially announced the return of a Dota legend us Clinton "Fear" Loomis to the team, replacing Mason who was kicked from the team almost a month back.

Confirmed: (20/08 - 20:00) - se Adrian "Era" Kryeziu has officially departed from eu 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) - ee Clement "Puppey" Ivanov leaves ua 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, se Alliance. Meanwhile, we also hear word that the eu "Secret Team" could be made up of Kuroky, Puppey, s4, n0tail and Fly.

Unconfirmed: (19/08 - 22:00) - It looks like cn Vici Gaming is losing another one of their players as cn Liu "Sylar" Jiajun has supposedly left the team. There are talks of his return to cn LGD.

Confirmed: (18/08 - 19:00) - de Adrian "FATA" Trinks joins world Cloud 9 as their fifth member, finalizing the C9 roster for the upcoming competitions.

Confirmed: (18/08 - 18:00) - de Kuro "Kuroky" Salehi Takhasomi officially parts ways with ua Na'Vi leaving the legendary squad without its fifth member.

Confirmed: (17/08 - 14:30) - The captain of cn Vici Gaming, Bai "rOtK" Fan has announced his retirement alongside Xu "BurNIng" Zhilei from cn Team DK. They won't leave Dota completely as they will be casting together in the future.

Confirmed: (15/08 - 16:30) - Former cn 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 de Kuro 'KuroKy Takhasomi and ee Clement 'Puppey' Ivanov seemed to have departed from ua Na'Vi, getting replaced by 'Vanskor' and 'Fng'.

Confirmed: (13/08 - 06:00) - nl Weh Sing "SingSing" Yuen has parted ways withworld 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) - fr Sebastien "7ckngMad" Debs is making a comeback with a brand new French team fr 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) - sg Scythe Gaming disbands. The players will continue to play together in sg First.Departure. Check out our article!

Confirmed: (09/08 - 17:00) - ru Moscow 5 returns to the scene to sponsor a new team. Check out our article!.

Confirmed: (06/08 - 12:00) - cn Xie "DD" Bin announces his retirement from a long career in cn 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 ru 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, us Team Liquid announced the depature of us Peter 'wayto' Nguyen.

Unconfirmed: (03/08 - 15:37) - We are currently hearing some rumblings about changes within the rosters of world Cloud9 and world Mousesports, with word that de Adrian "FATA" Trinks will be replacing nl WehSing "SingSing" Yuen.

Confirmed: (03/08 - 4:56) - us Ben 'Merlini' Wu is going to return to competitive Dota as he will be standing in for us Zephyr in Korea Dota League Season 3. He is taking the spot of us Kevin 'Purge' Godec, who will be moving into the manager role.

Confirmed: (31/07 - 12:30) - us Peter "ppd" Dager states on his stream, that de Dominik "Black^" Reitmeier will not be joining up with the squad of us EG.

Confirmed: (31/07 - 08:00) - cn Vici Gaming kills off the rumors that indicated cn Linsen "fy" Xu's departure from their roster.

Unconfirmed: (30/07 - 22:00) - my 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) - de Black^ said in his AMA that he has many offers to choose from; the leader of the pack appears to be us Team Liquid, but us EG has also shown interest in acquiring the German carry player.

Unconfirmed: (29/07 - 23:30) - de Kuro Kuroky and ee Clement "Puppey" are rumored to leave ua Na'vi, ru Ivan Vanskor Skorokhod and ua Andrey 'Alwayswannfly Bondarenko as replacements.

Confirmed: (29/07 - 20:30) - With us Team Liquid being in the state of flux post-TI, they have made a hard call to release us Jimmy "DeMoN" Ho of his contract and wish him the best in his future endeavors.

Confirmed: (29/07 - 20:00) - dk 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) - ua Artur "Goblak" Kostenko (formerly of ru RoX.KiS is reported to have said on his stream that he will be joining ua Na'Vi, presumably as a replacement for Puppey.

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(Changes which impact multiple teams, such as trades, will be listed under both teams.
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Confirmed: se Gustav "s4" Magnusson has officially parted ways with the team joining the new eu Secret Team roster.
Unconfirmed: Both se Jerry "EGM" Lundkvist and se Gustav "s4" Magnusson have been rumored to be out of team se Alliance with dk Rasmus "MiSeRy" Filipsen and ex HoN pro se Rasmus "Chessie" Blomdin stepping in to round up the new five-man roster.


Confirmed: de Dominick "Black^" Reitmeier has departed from cn CIS after the disappointing performance at TI4.
Confirmed: cn Vici Gaming have successfully acquired the services of cn Lin "June" Shiyang from cn CIS.

Cloud 9

Confirmed: nl Weh Sing "SingSing" Yuen has parted ways with world 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: world Cloud 9 has added de Adrian "FATA" Trinks as their fifth member after releasing SingSing just a few days ago. The final roster of the new C9 is:

ca Jacky "EternaLEnVy" Mao
ro Pittner "bOne7" Armand
ca Kurtis "aui_2000" Ling
se Johan "pieliedie" Åström
de Adrian "FATA" Trinks

compLexity Gaming

Confirmed: us compLexity Gaming has announced their return to competitive Dota 2 by sponsoring us stayGreen, a former all-star Heroes of Newerth team.

The new us compLexity Gaming lineup:

us Kyle "swindlemelonzz" Freedman
se Linus "Limmp" Blomdin
us Zakari "Zfreek" Freedman
us Andrew "Riser_" Bronze
ca David "MoonMeander" Tan

Team DK

Confirmed: LaNm retires from Dota 2, leaving DK down one support.
Confirmed: BurNIng has announced his retirement and explains his future plans.
Confirmed: cn Team DK is no more as the organization has announced the dissolution of their Dota 2 squad.

Evil Geniuses

Confirmed: us Mason "Mason" Venne has confirmed that he was kicked from us 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 us Clinton "Fear" Loomis to return.
Confirmed: us Clinton "Fear" Loomis has officially returned to competitive scene as the fifth member of us Evil Geniuses. The new (old) roster is now as follows:

The us EG lineup:

us Clinton "Fear" Loomis
ca Artour "Arteezy" Babaev
us Saahil "UNiVeRsE" Arora
se Ludwig "zai" Wåhlberg
us Peter "ppd" Dager


Confirmed: se Adrian "Era" Kryeziu has decided to move on with his career leaving behind eu 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 eu Fnatic, more changes are on the way as both dk Johan "BigDaddy/notail" Sundstein as well as il Tal "Fly" Aizik join the new eu "Secret Team".
Unconfirmed: According to our inside sources the new eu Fnatic lineup will consist of de h4nn1 & fi Trixi as well as three new recruits: fi Buugi, fi matunbaman & de paS.


Confirmed: cn HyperGloryTeam announces a new roster featuring the likes of cn Icy and cn ZSMJ:

The new cn HGT lineup:

cn Jian "ZSMJ" Gong
cn Hu "KAKA" Liangzhi
cn Xiu "prettyhaw" Xiu
cn Wang "Icy" Peng
cn Guo "Cys" Sida

Invictus Gaming

Confirmed: cn Jiang "YYF" Cen retires from Dota 2, cn Invictus Gaming has yet to announce replacement
Confirmed: cn Invictus Gaming announces a new roster:

The cn iG lineup:

cn Feichi "Ferrari_430" Luo
cn Yinqi "Xi" Luo
cn Shiyang "June" Lin
cn Chen "CHisbug" Li
my Wong Hock "ChuaN" Chuan

LGD Gaming

Confirmed: cn LGD Gaming’s cn Xie "DD" Bin has retired from competitive Dota 2.
Confirmed: cn Liu "Sylar" Jiajun is officially returning to his roots in cn LGD after his successful run in cn Vici Gaming.
Confirmed: cn LGD Gaming reveals their new roster:

The cn LGD lineup:

cn Yao "Yao" Zhengzheng
mo Liang "ddc" Faming
cn Xu "Lin" Ziyang
cn Liu "Sylar" Jiajun
cn Lei "MMY" Zengrong
cn Zeng "Faith" Hongda
cn Xiaodong "InJuly" Yang
cn He "Inflame" Yongzheng

Meet Your Makers

Confirmed: Unicornxoxo and Cr1t are leaving dk MYM, leaving MYM without two of their more experienced and established players.
Confirmed: dk Meet Your Makers adds dk Jon "13abyKnight" Andersen to their new and upcoming squad that will be revealed over the course of next few weeks.


Confirmed: Bimbo will no longer be Mineski's captain. Full announcements pending, but ph Mineski plans to draft some new players to their roster.

Moscow 5

Confirmed: The legendary ru Moscow 5 is back with a brand new team featuring the best Russian players around. Check out our article here.
Confirmed: ru Vladimir "PGG" Anosov is stepping in as the fifth member of ru Moscow 5 as ru Sergey "Ars-Art" Revin retires from the competitive scene.

The new ru M5 lineup:

ru Maxim 'Tron' Vernikov
ru Vladislav 'Blowyourbrain' Morozyuk
ru Vladimir "PGG" Anosov
ru Igor 'Nexus' Lisakovsky
ru Ivan 'Vigoss' Shinkarev


Confirmed: MSS plans to take a backseat in the following year, leaving de Mousesports short a player. No further information confirmed at this time.
Unconfirmed: The latest rumors are indicating that dk Rasmus "MiSeRy" Filipsen is joining se Alliance alongside the ex HoN pro se Rasmus "Chessie" Blomdin to replace the departing EGM and s4.

Natus Vincere

Confirmed: de Kuro "Kuroky" Salehi Takhasomi has officially departed from ua Na'Vi leaving the team without a fifth player.
Confirmed: ua Na'Vi loses yet another player as the captain of the team ee Clement "Puppey" Ivanov has announced his departure from the Ukrainian squad. The rumors are hinting that he’s to team up with de Kuro "Kuroky" Salehi Takhasomi for a new eu "Secret Team".
Confirmed: Na'Vi's new roster has finally been revealed!

The new ua Natus Vincere roster is:

ua Gleb "Funn1k" Lipatnikov
ua Daniil "Dendi" Ishutin
ua Alexander "XBOCT" Dashkevich
ru Ivan "VANSKOR" Skorokhod
by Artsiom "fng" Barshack

Natus Vincere US

Confirmed: us 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 us Na'Vi.us lineup:

us JingJun "Sneyking" Wu
us Steven "Korok" Ashworth
us Braxton "Brax" Paulson
us Ioannis "Fogged" Loucas
ca Theeban "1437" Siva


Confirmed: The cn NewBee captain cn 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 cn NewBee lineup:

cn Chen "Hao" Zhihao
cn Zhang "Mu" Pan
cn Wang "Rabbit" Zhang
cn Jiao "Banana" Wang
cn Wang "SanSheng" Zhaohui

Relax // HellRaisers

Confirmed: ua Ivan "Artstyle" Antonov is making a comeback joining the Russian team ru Relax as their fifth member.
Confirmed: The new ru Relax has been signed by ua/ru HellRaisers.
ua/ru HellRaisers roster:

ua Ivan "ArtStyle" Antonov
ru Andrei "Dread" Golubev
ua Vitalii "dubas" Luhtan
ua Ilya "ALOHADANCE" Korobkin
ru Maxim "Yoky" Kim

Secret Team

Confirmed: The eu Secret Team has finally been announced:

The brand new eu Secret Team:

ee Clement "Puppey" Ivanov
de Kuro "Kuroky" Salehi Takhasomi
se Gustav "s4" Magnusson
il Tal "Fly" Aizik
dk Johan "BigDaddy/notail" Sundstein

Team Empire

Confirmed: ru Ivan "VANSKOR" Skorokhod has officially parted ways with ru 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 ua Natus Vincere.
Confirmed: The recent transfer of ru Ivan "VANSKOR" Skorokhod to ua Natus Vincere left a void in ru Team Empire that has now finally been filled as ru Aleksey "Solo" Berezin officially rounds up the new Empire roster:

The new ru Team Empire squad:

ua Andrew "Mag" Chipenko
ua Roman "Resolut1on" Fominok
ua Andrey "ALWAYSWANNAFLY" Bondarenko
ru Airat "Silent" Gaziev
ru Aleksey "Solo" Berezin

Team Liquid

Confirmed: us Jimmy "DeMoN" Ho has now officially parted ways with us Team Liquid.
Confirmed: us Peter "wayto" Nguyen is moving on with his life leaving behind us Team Liquid. He states though that this is in no way a retirement, but a temporary pause in his career.
Confirmed: us Sam "BuLba" Sosale and de Max "qojqva" Broecker are no longer part of us Team Liquid as they have been released from their contracts. The duo now looks to pursue new goals in world Team Tinker

Terra Firma eSports

Confirmed: fr Sebastien "7ckngMad" Debs and fr Titouan "Sockshka" Merloz form the core of a brand new all-French team fr Terra Firma eSports.

fr Terra Firma eSports roster:

fr Sebastien '7ckngMad' Debs
fr Titouan 'Sockshka' Merloz
fr Sullivan 'Joraal' Carlotti
fr Choi 'Crio_J' Jong-Bin
fr Arben 'Arbenlol' Forest-Sisalem


Confirmed: cn TongFu has announced that they will be sponsoring cn TongFu.OB, a team consisting of "retired" professionals.

The cn TongFu.OB roster:

cn Jiang "YYF" Cen
cn Xie "DD" Bin
cn Huang "LongDD" Xiang
cn Chen "Zhou" Yao
cn Zou "820" Yitian
cn Zhou "Zippo" Xiong

Vici Gaming

Confirmed: cn VG confirms that cn Linsen "fy" Xu will be staying with the team despite the earlier rumors of his departure.
Confirmed: cn Bai "rOtK" Fan has officially announced his retirement from the competitive play and looks forward to casting Dota 2 alongside cn Xu "BurNIng" Zhilei.
Confirmed: cn Vici Gaming announces their new roster:

The brand new cn VG squad:

cn Lu "Fenrir" Chau
cn Xie "Super!" Junhao
cn Xu "fy" Linsen
sg Daryl "iceiceice" Koh Pei Xiang
de Dominik "BlacK^" Reitmeier


Confirmed: us Ben "Merlini" Wu returns to competitive Dota 2 scene as a member of us Team Zephyr. us Kevin "Purge" Godec is taking over as a manager.

This article was written by fi Teemu Ikonen, joinDOTA's Senior Writer. Meliora.Infinitum got absorbed into Dota during a LAN party between TI and TI2, and has been captivated ever since. Spends his spare time outdoors taking photos and writing a book. Believer of alternate universes, no legs strat and Half Life 3. Location: Espoo, FinlandFollow him on @MelioraInf.

This article was written by us Gorgon the Wonder Cow, joinDOTA's Senior writer.Gorgon is a shoutcaster and analyst anywhere a fast tongue with top insight is required. His Dota 2 free agency is continuing into its tenth year, but he has high hopes for being drafted onto DK.Location: Ann Arbor, MIFollow him on @GoTCoWDotA.