Teams still have plenty of time before the Kiev Major Qualifiers and have decided to make roster changes in hopes of having a better shot of making it to Ukraine.
According to an announcement on the Fnatic website, the SEA stack is preparing to make changes to their squad once again. The team first says goodbye to standin Ng “YamateH” Wei Poong, who played position 5 for the team at ESL One Genting. The team will also see the departure of carry Muhammad “inYourdreaM” Rizky, who cited pressing family issues which will prohibit him from playing with the team. Fnatic will seek out players to fill in the missing spots on their squad in order to compete in the Kiev Major Qualifiers.
Fnatic is now:
- Chai “Mushi” Yee Fung [C]
2. (Seeking Position 2)
3. Chong Xin “Ohaiyo” Kho
4. Kim “Febby” Yong-min
5. (Seeking Position 5)
The LGD Organization is also seeing roster moves in the opening months of the new season. With legendary captain Zhang “Xiao8” Ning taking a break from professional Dota, the organziation has selected Lei “White” Yipei to fill in his spot on LGD.Forever Young. Other changes include swapping Xiao “Jixing” Zihao and Yao “Yao” Zhenzheng, with Yao moving up to the main roster (LGD Gaming).
LGD.Gaming is now:
- Wang “Ame” Chunyu
2. Lu “Maybe” Yao
3. Yao “Yao” Zhenzheng
4. Chen “Xz” Zezhi
5. Chen “Victoria” Guanhong
LGD.Forever Young is now:
- Du “Monet” Peng
2. Xie “Super” Junhao
3. Xiao “Jixing” Zhihao
4. Luo “Lpc” Puchao
5. Lei ‘White” Yipei
It’s a bittersweet day for fans of Korean Dota. The MVP Dota 2 division will be seeing a near complete restructuring beginning with the disbanding of the MVP Phoenix divison. After seeing invites to numerous Valve events, a premier event victory and numerous solid placements in stacked tournaments, the MVP.Phoenix banner will not see a team register for the Kiev Major. While today’s news is sad, MVP’s venture in Dota 2 is not over. In today’s announcement, the organziation has confirmed that it will keep its second Korean Dota stack, MVP.Hot6ix, who will be merging MVP.Aegis. Team MVP has also annoucned that the organzition will also sign a new squad, from Krygyzstan, under a new banner: MVP.Revolution. In today’s press release, coach Lim Hyeon Seok (임현석) gave his thoughts on the future of his teams, and the future of top tier professional Dota coming out of the country.
I am not giving up on Dota 2, and will raise efforts to raise the level by recruiting potential players from overseas teams. Existing players will come back from Korea to start the foundation work to create an environment to revive MVP phoenix.
Lim Hyeon Seok, Head of Dota2 MVp
The MVP organization has seen over the past three years an incredible rate of development in Dota, producing iteration upon iteration of successful squads. The organization has transformed the relatively small KR.Dota scene into a field of potential up and coming talent. Once players wish to leave the organization, it’s common to see them eagerly picked up by western squads impressed by the talent and decision making shown by MVP squads.
I want to ask for your support in order to revive the korean [professional] DOTA 2 scene in the future
LIM HYEON SEOK’s final words in today’s Press release
1. Choei “DCT” Yeongmin
2. Son “Doctor” Kyung-il
3. Jo “Light” Han-ul
4. Baek Ji “HooNji” Hoon
5. (Seeking a position 5)
1. Bektur “Runec” Kulov
2. Duulat “StormC4t-” Subankulov
3. İlgiz “NapaleoshQa” Djunuşaliev
4. Džoni “NapaleoshQa” Ri
5. Bakyt “Zayac” Emilzhanov
Note: Statements Lim Hyeon Seok have been slightly altered to flow better in English. Here are direct translations:
“the name of the Phoenix can reinstate the MVP-based and creating the environment. from the ground up”
“I would like to ask for a lot of support in order to revive Korea DotA 2 in the future.”
Special thanks to Adam Newell for his help with translations.
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