The team surrounding Nikola 'LeBronDota' Popovic failed to qualify for the European TI Closed Qualifiers and was consequently kicked yesterday, July 9. At the same time, Aachen City Esports announced their new squad which features Peetu-Elmeri 'Peksu' Väätäinen, Axel 'PABLO' Källman, Jonas 'jonassomfan' Lindholm, symetricaL, and Roy 'Rajjix' Rajji. The five players previously qualified for the regionals as Epic Name.
We're glad to announce our new Dota 2 Roster— Aachen City Esports (@AachenDota) 9. Juli 2019
Also we took @sqreendota2 as coach for rent from PRIES to help the team during the qualifiers. pic.twitter.com/VORva8T2yZ
Khaled 'sQreen' Al-Habbash has been signed as the team's coach who will accompany them during the EU qualifiers. jonassomfan, a former Alliance and Ninjas in Pyjamas member, played for Aachen before - for two weeks in February. Whether or not he is to stay longer this time will depend on his and his team-mates performance in the upcoming TI qualifier.
ACE want success, no matter the cost
The acquisition of a roster already qualified for the regionals suggests an aggressive strategy by Aachen City Esports. Exchanging squads last minute points to the organisation's desperate desire to get an easy entry into the professional Dota scene. This makes a lot of sense, as the best shot to do so is making it into The International 2019 directly and almost out of nowhere.
This is not the first time Aachen drops a team due to lacking success. In May, the club dismissed their Counter-Strike roster for the same reason. Also their Dota department has seen much fluctuation: two different Dota squads took the field for Aachen before LeBronDota and co. joined the team in April.
What do you think about Aachen City Esports last minute acquisition?
Photo credit: R1CH, Team Liquid