Aug 20 2014 - 6:56 pm

Natus Vincere and Fnatic latest teams to reshuffle post-International

WIth each passing day, the post-International roster meltdown continues
Jared Wynne
Dot Esports

WIth each passing day, the post-International roster meltdown continues.

The latest round of roster changes were headlined by Natus Vincere, the three-time International finalists for whom a top-eight finish at The International 4 was something of a disappointment.

The European team had already made changes earlier in the week, removing Kuro “Kuroky” Salehi Takhasomi. But today’s news is even more significant.

The departure of long-time captain Clement “Puppey” Ivanov had been rumored for some time, and the team announced today that Ivanov was indeed stepping away from the squad he once led to an International championship.

Ivanov offered a statement today on the team’s official website, in which he reflected positively on his years spent with the team.

“It has been a great road of success and I have no regrets looking back,” Ivanov said.

Ivanov also emphasized that his competitive Dota 2 career would not be coming to an end. Rumors have suggested that he might join Takhasomi on a new team, though nothing has yet been confirmed in this regard.

Another expected move was officially announced today when Fnatic parted ways with Adrian “Era” Kryeziu, who had served for over two years as the team’s carry.

Kryeziu was involved in a controversy over the summer regarding his status with the team and his ability to compete at The International 4. The gamer's anxiety attacks had become a problem during his travels with the team, who had at times brought in replacement players to fill-in for for him when he was unable to attend competitions.

Kryeziu left open the possibility for returning to competitive Dota 2 in the future and was thankful towards the Fnatic organization in a statement made on the team’s website.

“It’s been a long and awesome run with the guys, but unfortunately everything comes to an end sooner or later,” Kryeziu said.

More changes will follow for both teams, as neither is able to field a full roster today's changes.

Screengrab via Twitch/Dota2ti

Today - 4:46 pm

Cloud9 recruits new player ahead of Overwatch APEX Season 2

Former NRG Esports player Daniel "Gods" Graeser will replace Kyle "KyKy" Souder.
Nicole Carpenter
Dot Esports
Image via Blizzard Entertainment

Western Overwatch teams are arriving in South Korea just days before the OGN Overwatch APEX Season 2 tournament series is set to begin—and Cloud9 is just announcing a roster change.

Daniel "Gods" Graeser, a flex/DPS player who was released from NRG Esports in October, will replace Kyle "KyKy" Souder on Cloud9. KyKy will step down from the starting roster, though he'll stay in South Korea as a temporary coach for Cloud9 opponent Team EnVyUs.

Uncertainty in Overwatch's meta is likely the cause of Cloud9's roster shakeup: A new patch is in testing on Overwatch's public test realm and expected to hit the live server at any time. Gods, as a flex player, is like a safety net. With Lane "Surefour" Roberts and Lucas "Mendokusaii" Håkansson also on flex, they've got much of the hero pool covered.

"I'm very excited to be joining Cloud9," Gods said in a statement. "Becoming part of such an amazing organization is definitely a huge opportunity for my career, and I can't wait to see all that we can accomplish together."

Though a last minute roster change seems reckless, it's worked for invited OGN Overwatch APEX teams in the past. In season one, Team EnVyUs was forced to replace Ronnie "Talespin" DuPree after he quit the team days before EnVyUs was scheduled to fly to South Korea. The sudden switch up seemed to work for EnVyUs, who brought on Pongphop "Mickie" Rattanasangchod and won the whole tournament. With KyKy as coach, they're looking to do the same. The former Cloud9 player, however, is not signed to EnVyUs permanently: "[He's] here to help us as a tryout for a coaching position," Dennis "INTERNETHULK" Hawelka tweeted. "We're optimistic about his position."

EnVyUs will take on MVP Infinity when OGN Overwatch APEX season two begins on Jan. 17 at 5am ET (7pm KST). Cloud9 takes the stage Jan. 20 at 5am ET (7pm KST).

Jan 15 2017 - 10:59 pm

Staz bests Orange in WESG Hearthstone final

It's the first major win for an SEA player.
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.
Screengrab via Starladder_HS_en/Twitch

At the first major Hearthstone event of 2017, Euneil “Staz” Javinaz bested European star Jon "Orange" Westberg to win his first title—and the first for his region.

Staz and Orange went the full seven games in the stunning final set, trading games back and forth before Staz eventually came out on top 4-3. The final game was a grinding affair, a Reno Mage mirror that played over close to an hour.

Representing the South East Asia region, Staz is the first player from that region to win a major title.

Staz reached the final after beating out a pair of Europeans—Orange's countryman Elliot "Fluffy" Karlsson and the impressive Raphael "BunnyHoppor" Peltzer—arguably having the toughest road through the bracket stage.

Orange's run was no easy feat either as he had to take out Sebastian "Xixo" Bentert, one of the most successful players of 2016 playing in his first tournament since joining Counter Logic Gaming.

The loss meant that Orange was unable to string together back to back major victories, after winning his second Seat Story Cup title in December.

For his victory Staz takes home a whopping $150,000, one of the largest prizes ever awarded in Hearthstone. For second place Orange will have to make do with $70,000.