Now that Dota 2’s premiere tournament ‘The International’, has concluded, the time to see big sweeping changes in the team rosters has begun. This year, one of the big player shuffles is Digital Chaos’ fan favorite David “Moo” Hull who was kicked off the team and replaced with David “MoonMeander” Tan, a two-time Dota major winner (Frankfurt and Manila) known for his eccentric personality and popular Twitch stream. The question on everybody’s mind is: will MoonMeander’s offlane be enough to make a difference for the team?
Digital Chaos have also brought in to the team, for the first time, William “Blitz” Lee to coach and bring in a new perspective. “Blitz” has been around the team for quite some time and was at one point, a professional player himself.
Evil Genius have perhaps had one of the biggest shake-ups in their roster since they were still comprised of the same players who won The International in 2015. Known for their mostly-American line-up, they have always been a fan-favorite in the states. Recent reports indicate that Ludwig “Zai” Wåhlberg has departed as well as longtime favorite Clint “Fear” Loomis. Currently, the team has not responded with any replacements and has left fans worried for the future of Evil Geniuses.
Another big surprise was an underdog team named TNC Gaming who actually disbanded entirely. They exceeded expectations at this year’s International and made a big impression for being a relatively new and unknown team. Meanwhile, OG have lost three of their players – with David “MoonMeander” Tan , Andreas “Cr1t” Nielsen, and Amer “Miracle” Al-Barkawi leaving the team. This leaves just Tal “Fly” Aizik and Johan “Notail” Sundstein to form a new team in their absence. The team has not commented on any replacements currently.
Fan-favorite Team Secret have also lost Jacky “Eternalenvy” Mao, who was playing their carry position and have yet to list his replacement.
It’s always an exciting time after The International as we get to see new teams form and dream teams become a reality. It keeps things interesting and the constant change is a refreshing take on the ever-changing landscape of the Dota community.
It’s always exciting to see new teams form and sad to see some split up but one thing is for sure, we will have another exciting year of Dota!
Written by Rick & Frank Cantu.