We are more than halfway into the DPC season and with only 4 events left, teams are looking to pick up as many crucial DPC points as possible to lock down their places for TI9. Already, VP, Secret, EG and Vici Gaming have locked down their spots for Shanghai, which means only 8 more slots remain. Barring the 4, Fnatic, NiP and PSG.LGD also have a significant number of points which gives them a better shot than most other teams. But there are quite a few orgs who are struggling and will need to pull up their socks to avoid playing in the qualifiers. With this in mind, quite a few orgs have opted for a bit of a switch, hoping that new blood and a new approach will get them the success that they have been missing.
The NA org have had a turbulent season to say the least and with bottom 8 finishes in all 3 Majors, they are lagging behind in 16th place on the DPC table. Former TI winner and NA veteran, Saahil 'Universe’ Arora has gone on a break from competitive Dota while their captain, SVG has announced his retirement. Carry player, Roman ‘Resolut1on’ Fominok is also out of the active lineup but still a part of the org. Their new roster is as follows:
Yawar ‘Yawar’ Hasan (retained)
Quin ‘CCnC’ Callahan (previously free agent)
Jingjun ‘Sneyking’ Wu (Flying Penguins)
Arif ‘MSS’ Anwar (retained)
Kartik ‘Kitrak’ Rathi (previously free agent)
Team Team are the other NA team to change their roster, having replaced their carry player Sammyboy with EternalEnvy. The team has played in only one DPC event this season and will need more than a miracle to get a direct invite to TI9.
Jacky ‘EternalEnvy’ Mao (Flying Penguins)
Nico ‘Gunnar’ Lopez (retained)
Braxton ‘Brax’ Paulson (retained)
Jason ‘Newsham’ Newsham (retained)
Mike ‘ixmike88’ Ghannam (retained)
Mineski played their first DPC event earlier last month, which makes their shuffle quite a surprise. Nevertheless, the SEA org has removed both their supports, pieliedie and Febby from their ranks, choosing to pick up two former players for the team. Their new roster stands as follows:
Lai ‘AhJit’Jay Son (retained)
Kam ‘Moon’ Boon Seng (retained)
Damien ‘kpii’ Chok (retained)
Ryan ‘Bimbo’ Jay Qui (DeToNator)
Michael ‘Ninjaboogie’ Ross Jr. (Free Agent, previously TNC Predator)
After their spectacular win at the Dreamleague Season 10 Minor, the Tigers have fallen flat and find themselves lost in the quest for TI qualification. After multiple roster changes, their current roster that is participating in the MDL Disneyland Paris Major is as follows:
Trinh ‘458’ Van Thao (496 Gaming)
Danil ‘Dendi’ Ishutin (On loan from Na’Vi)
Kim ‘Velo’ Tae-sung (from WG.Unity)
Kenny ‘Xepher’ Deo (retained)
Theeban ‘1437’ Siva (retained)
The TI8 champions have a long way to go if they are to defend their title in Shanghai, but at least the squad has taken a step in the right direction, by reuniting the infamous squad that lifted the Aegis last year. Ana makes his way back into the team while iLTW was removed earlier.
Anathan ‘Ana’ Pham (returns after break)
Topias ‘Topson’ Taavitseinen (retained)
Sebastian ‘7ckngMad’ Debs (retained)
Jesse ‘Jerax’ Vainika (retained)
Johan ‘Notail’ Sundstein (retained)
Newbee’s form since the TI7 finals has been sub-par to say the least and their presence in the current season of the DPC has been virtually non-existent. Newbee looks to reinvigorate their roster, by bringing back Moogy and throwing in some fresh young blood in the form of Awen.
TI4 winner Sansheng returns to competitive Dota; Source
Xu ‘Moogy’ Han (previously inactive)
Song ‘Sccc’ Chun (retained)
Wen ‘Awen’ Lipeng (from Mr.Gameboy)
Yan ‘waixi’ Chao (retained)
Wang ‘Sansheng’ Zhaohui (was previously coaching Newbee and then Team Serenity)
Royal Never Give Up
RNG have consistently failed to impress, despite boasting some top names butt their latest addition might just do the trick. Chinese veteran and legendary support player LaNm joins the team as their new 4 position player.
Du ‘Monet’ Peng (retained)
Gao ‘Setsu' Zhenxiong (retained)
Sun ‘Srf’ Runfa (retained)
Zhang ‘LaNm’ Zhicheng (Deathbringer Gaming)
Tue ‘ahfu’ Soon Chuan (retained)
Despite showing some glimpses of hope and emerging as a true TI contender, Ehome’s roster quickly fell apart as one of their players ran away, forcing the side to look for alternatives. They have picked up former TI winner and legendary mid player Ferrari_430 while xiao8 returns temporarily to provide cover for the injured Faith_bian.
Yang ‘END’ Pu (retained)
Luo ‘Ferrari_430’ Feici (from Mr.Gameboy)
Zhang ‘xiao8’ Ning (coach who will play temporarily)
Zhao ‘XinQ’ Zixing (retained)
Zhang ‘y’ Yiping (retained)
Can these new players and new rosters challenge for the throne or will the mid-season shuffling prove detrimental for the orgs?