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Transfer Recap (3 - 19 September)

By Dean 'denik' Nikolov
Sep 19, 2012 17:28


ImageThe scene suffered from major roster changes in the last two weeks - a lot of teams have replaced players or disbanded. Whole new squads were formed as well.

With the end of The International, the prohibition for roster changes of the participating teams was lifted which shook up the whole scene. A lot of the TI2 teams, as well as some of those which didn't participate in the tournament, have suffered many changes in just two weeks. Some of the rumors circulating within the community have turned out to be true, others - false, and some teams even managed to surprise everyone.

A few days ago almost nothing was known as only few organizations had actually confirmed changes in their teams. With the announcement of the third season of the Star Series, starladder.tv and joinDota have revealed a lot of line-up reshuffles - some of them were confirmed afterwards by the organizatons or the players, but others are still considered just rumors.

In the next few lines I'm going to summarize every roster change that has occured in the days after The International until now.

AU Absolute Legends drops Dota 2 team - confirmed

After losing its sponsor, the team goes back to its previous name - Natural 9 and parts ways with two of its players.

Absolute Legends entered the Dota 2 scene after acquiring a young and very talanted Australian team, called AU Natural 9 back in January. They were dominating the scene, introducing some new strategies and were considered as favourites even against titans such as UA Na`Vi. However, they suffered a drop in their form and couldn't recover from it. This resulted in a disappointing performance in the two most important LAN events of the year - Dreamhack Summer 2012 and The International. Having not won any major online tournaments as well, the organization decided to release the team. The Australians decided to go back to their previous name - Natural 9 - and parted ways with two of their players - AU Trong 'Snoopy' Truong and CA Scott 'bLeek' Jensen left and will be replaced by only one player - AU Anh 'GET-LOST' Tran to complete the 5-man roster.



SE BVM - a new team is formed

A new Swedish team consisting of some of the former Keita players as well as some new interesting personalities.

SE BVM is a newly formed team whose first appearance will be in the Star Series season 3. Captain UK Henry 'henrydickenson' Dickenson will be leading a six-man team with 5 Swedes, some of whom were part of the already disbanded Keita Gaming. Debut as a pro-player will be making a known to the community face - SE Johan 'Weppas' Westberg, who is also working for the GD Studio and is sometimes seen to co-comentate tournament matches.



DK Copenhagen Wolves reunites part of the old monkeybusiness

It has been revealed that Copenhagen Wolves will participate in the Star Series season 3 with a slightly changed roster. However neither the organization, nor the players have confirmed it.

DK Copenhagen Wolves have been showing quite an increase in their form recently - as a result they took the prestigious 2nd place at WCG SEE. The team led by DK Alexander 'CalculuS' Rathcke has invited two very known Danish players to join - DK Mikkel 'miGGel' Berg and DK Christoffer Borregaard 'Ryze' Winther. An interesting fact is that this Danish trio has been part of the successful team DK monkeybusiness which have won several tournaments, being sponsored by different organizations in the past.



BG Darer changes the entire Dota 2 squad - confirmed

After a disappointing performance at TI2, the management of the organization decided to part ways with the team led by ArtStyle and acquired a new Bulgarian team.

BG Darer Entertainment have decided to undertake a whole new direction by releasing their previous Dota 2 squad consisting of CIS superstars such as UA Ivan 'ArtStyle' Antonov and RU Sergey 'God' Bragin. Since they couldn't live up to the expectations and underperformed at TI2, the management decided that it's time to find new challenges with a new team. Darer has replaced the team with a new and unknown to the scene Bulgarian squad who will have to prove that they have what it takes to be in the pro-scene.



CN EHOME loses PCT - confirmed

The Chinese organization parts ways with PCT due to poor form and troubles with motivation.

CN EHOME will no longer count on CN Zhang 'Perfect_CaT' Miaolong who has left the team. According to manager CN Wen Yi '71' Tang, the main reasons were his mediocre performance as well as some issues with his motivation. EHOME is definitely going to find a replacement, but for now the team wants to solve some strategical issues (such as player roles).



RU Team Empire with three new additions - confirmed (in Russian)

The CIS team forms a new strong Russian-Ukrainian squad by adding some well known players.

RU Team Empire has been joined by two of the former BG Darer Entertainment players UA Gleb 'Funn1k' Lipatnikov and UA Arthur 'Goblak' Kostenko as well as RU Airat 'Silent' Gaziev who was part of the TI2 team of RU Moscow Five , which disbanded shortly after the tournament. Goblak will also be the new captain and drafter of Empire. The team has released UA Andrew 'ALWAYSWANNAFLY' Bondarenko and BY Maxim 'Jackal' Doroschenok in order to make place for its new additions.



US Evil Geniuses release two players

Bulba and Universe are no longer part of the American team, according to the Star Series season 3 line-ups.

US Evil Geniuses are going to keep their three core players, looking for replacements for US Sam 'BuLba' Baird and US Saahil 'UNiVeRsE' Arora who have left the team after TI2. However nothing is official yet and the organization remains silent over this matter for now.



EU Fnatic welcomes back Trixi - confirmed

The Finnish player returns to his former organization, but for the first time playing for Fnatic's European Dota 2 division.

EU Fnatic EU have got a lot of history with FI Kalle 'Trixi' Saarinen during the big Heroes Of Newerth days. The Finn was part of the highly successful HoN Fnatic team, but have left in order to try his luck at Dota 2. With the retirement of DE Jascha 'NoVa' Markuse, Trixi has been invited to join Fnatic once again and compete for their Dota 2 division. Fnatic's LAN debut will be at Dreamhack Valencia 2012 in just a few weeks.



SE Team Infused releases Dota 2 squad - confirmed

Making only one change to their squad, the all-Swedish team stays together and will be known as Skånes Elit until they find a new sponsor.

Infused dropped their Dota 2 squad since there have been disagreements between the organizaton and the players. The roster will remain almost the same as they will only replace SE Jerry 'EGM' Lundkvist with SE Alexander 'PiNoY' Pettersson, who stood-in during Dreamhack Summer 2012. The team will be known as Skånes Elit in the future.



UA Team Kharkiv - a new team is formed - confirmed

Captain ArtStyle has formed a new all-Ukrainian team who is going to compete in Star Series season 3 as well as ESWC Ukraine qualifiers.

UA Team Kharkiv is the newest addition to the pro-scene as it was very recently announced that UA Ivan 'ArtStyle' Antonov has built a new team. He will be joined by his former teammate at BG Darer Entertainment - UA Andrey 'Mag' Chipenko, UA Andrew 'ALWAYSWANNAFLY' Bondarenko and a duo from team UA TTFU . Team Kharkiv will take EU mTw 's spot at the Star Series season 3, because of mTw's recent disbandment and lack of current players.



RU Moscow 5 with a completely new team - confirmed

Shortly after M5 released their previous team, they have announced a new squad consisting of some familiar players.

RU Moscow Five dropped their Dota 2 team recently which was led by one of the most controversial personalities in the scene - RU Vladamir 'PGG' Anosov due to various reasons such as poor performance and lack of discipline. Now the Russian organization has announced that it has acquired a new squad consisting of four of RU zNation 's players as well as RU Andrew 'Dread' Golubev to complete the 5-man roster. The new M5 have already made their debut in the Star Series season 3, grabbing 2 wins out of 2 matches.



DE Mousesports with a temporary line-up - confirmed

A lot of changes in mouz's squad - only the duo SingSing and SexyBamboe to stay while being joined temporarily by new teammates.

DE mousesports open a new chapter in their history by releasing CA Theeban '1437' Siva and RO Nicolae Alexandru 'ComeWithMe' Craciunescu while DE Dominik 'Black^' Reitmeier's future remains unclear. The team has been known for its constant roster changes in the past - something which stopped during the months before The International. However, it has been announced post-TI2, that mouz will part ways with their players, keeping only the famous Dutch-Chinese/Arab duo NL Wehsing 'SingSing' Yuen and NL Alaan 'SexyBamboe' Faraj. In order to be able to compete in the upcoming tournaments, they will be joined by a German trio consisting of TI2 stand-in DE Kuro 'KuroKy' Salehi Takhasomi, DE Alexander 'Alex' Reinhardt who was the captain of DE uebelst-gamynG and former EU mTw support player DE Rene 'Kebap-' Werner.



EU mTw releases 4 players - syndereN the only one to stay - confirmed

mTw counts on Danish captain syndereN to build a new and strong Dota 2 squad.

EU mTw 's Dota 2 team will no longer consist of the players we used to watch in the last half year. The French trio FR Merloz 'Sockshka' Titouan, FR Sébastien '7ckngMad' Debs and FR Calonne 'Funzii' Thibault as well as DE Rene 'Kebap-' Werner have parted ways with the organization and their captain DK Troels 'syndereN' Nielsen. The team won several important tournaments with this roster, the most memorable of them being the win against UA Natus Vincere in the Dreamhack Summer 2012 Grand Final. It has been announced that syndereN will be forming a new team under the mTw tag but any further information is to be released.



MY MUFC replaces two players - confirmed

The Malaysian organization makes a couple of changes in its Dota 2 team due to unsatisfactory results.

MY Invasion MUFC is one of the few Asian teams to suffer from major roster changes post-TI2. Although the team didn't get the chance to participate in the tournament due to a logistics mistake, they have been unsatisfied with their overall performance. As a result of that MY Nick 'Silvercross' Chang Sheng Lim and MY Daniel Wei Khit 'TFG' Wong will be leaving and will be replaced by MY Khoo 'Ohaiyo' Chong Xin and SG Kenneth 'KeN' Lee.



US Quantic is temporarily joined by 1437 and UNiVeRsE - half-confirmed

Both players will be playing as stand-ins in the beginning.

US Quantic Gaming emerged with a slightly changed line-up in the Star Series page, where US Michael 'Mikey' Wunsch and SE Sebastian 'Matrim' Sundström were replaced by former DE mousesports captain CA Theeban '1437' Siva and ex- US Evil Geniuses player US Saahil 'UNiVeRsE' Arora. As of now, nothing has been confirmed by Quantic Gaming yet, but 1437 has tweeted that he is indeed playing with the team. The team has already made its debut with the two stand-ins in the Star Series season 3.



RU The Retry - a "new" team is formed - confirmed (in Russian)

There's an old saying in the Eastern-European culture. It states: "PGG + 4" and it comes back when it's needed.

RU The Retry is a known name within the pro scene. Every time the Russian captain RU Vladamir 'PGG' Anosov gathers few talented players ready to upset the big names, The Retry is reborn. Shortly after PGG's departure from RU Moscow Five after The International, he formed a new team consisting of some unknown but potentially good players. He has done it successfully before, so it wouldn't be a surprise if PGG leads his new teammates to new highs.



RU Virtus.Pro confirm two new Dota 2 teams - confirmed (in Russian) | ladies team confirmed (in Russian)

The Russian organization announces two new teams, one of them being an all-ladies Dota 2 squad.

RU Virtus.Pro have confirmed in the early days of September that they have formed a new Dota 2 female team consisting of known to the Russian scene ladies. Just a few days ago, it was also confirmed that the male team is also set to a comeback, keeping only RU Yaroslav 'NS' Kuznetsov and RU Alex 'Santa' Koltan from the previous roster. They will be joined by UA Sergey 'KSi' Kuzin who is also going to be the new captain, as well as by two other players.



EU Team Y - a new team is formed

ComeWithMe has gathered a handful of star players who became free agents after The International.

EU Team Y is a completely new team, whose line-up was revealed for the first time in the Star Series season 3 webpage. By leaving DE mousesports , Romanian captain RO Nicolae Alexandru 'ComeWithMe' Craciunescu has confirmed the rumors that were floating around the social media. He is now reunited with his fellow country man and former teammate in Dignitas RO Florin Razvan 'Freezer' Stoica as well as three Russian players who ended up without teams after The International. Former BG Darer Entertainment player RU Sergey 'God' Bragin and a duo from RU Moscow Five 's TI2 team - the DotA legend RU Ivan 'Vigoss' Shinkarev and RU Igor 'Admiration' Kalnysh complete the 5-man roster.



SG Team Zenith's future remains unclear - hyhy announces retirement

The Singaporean team loses its superstar hyhy, who has recently retired.

SG Team Zenith has seen brighter days. Right now the situation with the SEA team is unclear, as there are a lot of questions to be answered. In a recent statement, Zenith's captain SG Han Yong 'hyhy' Benedict Lim, has announced his retirement from professional gaming, leaving the captain slot to SG Daryl Koh 'IceIceIce' Pei Xiang. Although the squad grabbed the prestigious 5th/6th place at TI2, the players as well as the fans had the feeling that the Singaporean team could do more and compete for a top-3 place. Apart from hyhy's leaving, it is also unclear whether former SE SK Gaming superstar SE Jonathan 'Loda' Berg is going to continue playing with Zenith and is that going to be possible if he returns back to Sweden.



Sources:
Starladder
GosuGamers
joinDOTA


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