Geek Slate Parts Ways With Jaunuel
After a poor showing in the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) Southeast Asia (SEA) 2023 Tour 2: Division I, Geek Slate has reversed the roster change it made at the start of the season. On social media, the organization announced its decision to part ways with position five player Jaunuel "Jaunuel" Arcilla. The move comes after Geek Slate's relegation to Division II after finishing seventh in Tour 2. The team had brought in Jaunuel to replace Roger "Roddgeee" Tan before Tour 2. While Roddgeee remains on the inactive roster, Geek Slate has not yet named its new position five player.
Jaunuel is no longer a member of Geek Slate’s Dota 2 roster
“We're saying goodbye to our teammate and friend, @Jaunuel,” the organization tweeted its appreciation for the player's time in the organization.
Currently, Geek Slate has the following players on its roster:
Rolen “skem” Andrei Gabriel Ong
Joshua “Kokz” H. Maraño
Nikko “Force” Bilocura
Ravdan “NARMAN” Narmandakh
Daniel “ImmortalFaith”Moza (coach)
Jaunuel's departure follows a disappointing DPC season in which the organization managed only one series win out of seven. A stark difference from the previous season was that Geek defeated only Polaris Esports which was the other team to be relegated.
As SEA's second best team during its first season, Geek represented the region at the Lima Major. While it did not advance beyond the group stage during the Major, it was a decent performance from a team that included some players playing their first Major.
However, Roddgeee was let go to explore new opportunities after the Major, and things have gone downhill ever since. As it appears now, the change hasn't worked out, and amendments have to be made in that direction; the next step will be to perform well in Division II of Tour 3 and return to Division I.
It should also be noted that the team Geek finalizes will also be considered in regard to regional qualifiers for The International 12 (TI12) later this year. Geek would like to build a roster that can play together for a long time and goes into the qualifier with plenty of match practice.
Now that the roster changes have begun, it remains to be seen whether it will end with Geek adding a new position five player or if there is more to come. Furthermore, after the Berlin Major concludes, more roster changes will be expected in the SEA region as a whole in the following weeks.