Dota 2 is going through a period of extreme uncertainty heading into the 2024 season as Valve shifts how it is supporting the game and the competitive scene.
That means the post-The International 2023 roster shuffle could have a much different vibe compared to the last several years.
Now Team Spirit has been crowned two-time TI champions with their dominant victory at TI12, the rest of the competitive Dota world is gearing up for smaller events or preparing for the upcoming avalanche of available players. Very few teams retain their full rosters after any TI, meaning most organizations wait until the game’s biggest event ends—and that famous afterparty begins—before making calls on what direction to take for the following season.
With Valve axing the Dota Pro Circuit and its regional leagues for the 2024 season, teams might look to make swings at big-impact players if they missed out on TI this year. This means Team Secret, OG, and a number of fan-favorites were keeping a close eye on Seattle to see who might become available ahead of the new year.
There is also a chance roster locks and restrictions will be lessened without the DPC in place, leaving some question marks on how important this initial roster shuffle actually is for the season to come.
With TI12 in the books and the future of Dota 2 on the horizon, here is a full recap of the official roster moves, signings, and transfers—updated live as they happen.
Dota 2 TI12 roster shuffle: All roster moves, signings, and transfers post-The International 2023
Even after The International 2023, we don’t know how roster moves will be restricted without the Dota Pro Circuit in place for the 2024 competitive season.
Valve has yet to speak on how it will handle invites for TI13 next year and if DPC points will still be the key measurement for events even without the circuit. Depending on how TI invites are determined, and if roster moves penalize that in some way, we could see more player movement in 2024 than we have in the last two to three years.
Until we hear more about the return to a non-DPC tournament structure, we expect most teams to handle the post-TI12 roster shuffle as if there will still be some kind of soft roster lock implemented in 2024 while building out new lineups. Here is a full list of the key roster moves with dated breakdowns for notable players and teams.
Biggest post-TI12 Dota 2 roster moves thus far
Blacklist International was the first big team to make a move, parting ways with Karl and kpii, leaving two strong players free to begin talking with other organizations early ahead of TI 2023.
Team Secret did not pursue an additional loan or potential contract buyout with BOOM Esports for offlaner Fbz, leading to his return to the SEA team’s inactive roster after three months of playing with Puppey. This should, to no one’s surprise, signal Secret is ready to make some big moves this offseason after a messy 2023 campaign.
OG parted ways with both Taiga and DM right before TI12 started, with the latter immediately being signed by BetBoom to coach them at TI in a move that sparked some controversy.
In the middle of TI12’s final day, beastcoast announced that all five of its players were entering free agency. The team reaffirmed its stance to support South American Dota, but no new roster or additional details were shared.
Team Liquid and zai confirmed that the offlaner is going to be taking an extended break from competitive Dota and he is not being placed on Liquid’s inactive roster.
To match beastcoast’s sudden roster drop, Evil Geniuses’ entire roster left the organization on Nov. 1 and became free agents. There is also no indication that the organization will sign another Dota 2 lineup as it deals with a lawsuit from SumaiL and another wave of layoffs.
Every post-TI12 Dota 2 roster shuffle move, sighing, and transfer
- LGD Gaming finishes Dota 2 rebuild with Emo and Pyw
- Somnus, Chalice, and fy have all left Azure Ray
- Azure Ray signs XinQ, Xm, and Xxs to its Dota 2 roster.
- Shopify Rebellion builds strange multi-region Dota 2 roster around Arteezy, signs Thiolicor, Yopaj, and Kitrak.
- Bleed Esports adds Taiga and Masaros to its Dota 2 roster.
- Talon Esports signs a new roster with Jhocam, Ws, Akashi, and ponyo.
- Aurora enters Dota 2, signing the ex-Talon lineup of 23savage, Jabz, Oli, and Q.
- Aurora also signs Armel from Team Secret’s inactive roster.
- Nouns sign Fly, Gunnar, and Lelis.
- Stormstormer and Yuma to play as stand-ins with the team for ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023 qualifiers.
- Wisper and Ari region hop to join OG’s 2024 Dota 2 roster featuring Ceb, Yuragi, and bzm.
- BOOM Esports signs former EG stars Pakazs and Matthew in puzzling Dota 2 move to SA.
- The roster features Pakazs, SLATEM$, Sacred, Matthew, and Mjz.
- Entity adds DM and Noone.
- Falcons makes its grand Dota 2 entrance picking up skiter, Sneyking, ATF, Malr1ne, and Cr1t-.
- Team Aster signs a new Dota 2 lineup featuring Erika, Echo, 生死, Frisk, and 皮球.
- IG signs Dota 2 super team with xNova, BoBoKa, Monet, NothingToSay, and JT-.
- Malik joins PSG.Quest.
- TSM parts ways with Ari.
- Blacklist International bolsters Filipino all-star Dota 2 team with 2 regional legends, Abed and Gabbi.
- Tundra Esports announces the departure of Sneyking and skiter.
- Rumors circulate that Falcons, a Saudi-backed organization, will field Tundra’s skiter and Sneyking as well as ATF, Malr1ine, and Cr1t. Falcons have not confirmed this, but the roster was spotted on the FACEIT team lists.
- Team Secret welcomes back two familiar faces, adds MidOne and BOOM ahead of the competitive season.
- Heen takes a break while ah fu joins as coach
- Chu parts ways with OG.
- Shopify Rebellion releases half of its Dota 2 roster, Fly, Abed, and Cr1t.
- The organization plans to remain in Dota for 2024. At this stage, Arteezy and SabeRLight- remain contracted to the roster.
- Entity benches Dota 2 mid laner Stormstormer after underwhelming 2023 season.
- Tundra Esports starts Dota 2 roster rebuild as Nine walks away from the game.
- Talon Esports releases top Dota 2 squad, 23savage, Mikoto, Jabz, Q, and Oli.
- Coach SunBhie also released.
- Nouns disband after a promising run at Dota 2’s TI 2023.
- Seleri confirms that the five players of Gaimin Gladiators will stick together for the 2024 season.
- dyrachyo, Quinn, Ace, Tofu, and Seleri will remain under Gaimin.
- Zai parts ways with Team Liquid and will take an “indefinite break”
- Evil Geniuses’ entire roster becomes free agents: Pakazs, Chris Luck, Wisper, Matthew, and Panda
- PSG.Quest part ways with Tobi ahead of roster shuffle
- beastcoast’s roster becomes free agents: Parker, DarkMago, Sacred, Scofield, and Stinger
- mini announces they are LFT after playing with Infamous since May
- x5 Gaming releases its roster: shroud, Ryu, tavo, LTH, and wij
- x5 Gaming announces a new roster: størm, Sooths, Hermit, MonHty, and Luis
- TSM parts ways with assistant coach Ekki after TI12 elimination
- Davai Lama and Thiolicor announce they are no longer with Luna Galaxy
- D1/D2Hustlers is reformed and looking for new players and a sponsor for 2024
- Coach Mangusu and analyst Splash also remain with the stack
- Neon Esports parts ways with FortuneSoul
- OG parts ways with DM and Taiga
- Both players were on the team’s inactive roster
- DM joins 9Pandas as coach for TI12
- TSM sign Ekki as an assistant coach for TI12
- Blacklist International parts ways with Karl and kpii
- Blacklist also parts ways with coach Xepher
- Xakoda’s contract with One Move ends
- Fbz returns to BOOM Esports inactive roster after Team Secret’s loan expires
- Into The Breach releases its roster: lowskill, Supreme^, Xibbe, Merlin, and RESPECT
- Manager isola also released
- Into The Breach ceases Dota 2 operations entirely
- Qhali releases its roster: Cucahook, Robo-Z, Hermit, MonHty, and Luis
- Manager Rafta also released
- NAVI drops toshiyb, signs Niku
- Shad, Adzantick, and Dukalis leave Luna Galaxy
- HYDRA disbands, dropping dream’, Worick, Cloud, Lil, and HappyDyurara
- Coach TheHeartlessKing also dropped
- Daxak leaves Level UP
- UD Vessuwan releases its roster: KNP, Fearless, BeeBie, Boombui, and LionaX
- Manager Trequartista and coach LaKelz also released
- SPAWN Team releases its roster: 458, MamangDaya, Red, dalul, and TraVins
- Manager Nhi and coaches Mikadzan and NutZ also released
- Tundra Esports signs Topson, moves Saksa to inactive roster for TI12
- Saksa to take extended break for undisclosed health reasons
- Clairvoyance’s coaching contract with Army Geniuses ends
- Mad Kings releases its roster: Adrian, PiPi, Oscar, Genek, and RedMonster
- Neon Esports parts ways with khishka
- Ancient Tribe disbands, dropping WoE, Mo13ei, Mr. Luck, Alex, and LeBronDota
- Coach Mitch also released
- LeBronDota says the team will rebuild “for new season with new sponsor.”
With TI12’s conclusion, most teams will spend the next few weeks building new lineups for one of two key dates. That being ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023, which begins on Dec. 11 or when Valve provides an update on what the next year of competitive Dota will actually look like.