OB.Neon Parts Ways With Midlaner Yopaj
OB.Neon has undergone another surprising roster change following the departure of its captain, Rolen Andrei Gabriel "skem" Ong, a few days ago. In an announcement posted on its social media accounts, the Filipino organization stated it had parted ways with midlaner, Erin Jasper "Yopaj" Ferrer, and wished the best of luck in the future endeavours. As a result, only three players remain on OB.Neon's Dota 2 roster following the departure of two of its mainstays. OB.Neon is yet to announce the replacements of Yopaj and skem.
Yopaj departs from OB.Neon’s Dota 2 roster
“After almost 1,300 games, all good things come to an end. Yopaj has been an incredible player for us over the last 3 years and we wish him all the best on the next step in his journey ,” OB.Neon said as it bid farewell to its long-standing midlaner.
As a result of this move, OB.Neon's roster is as follows:
Michael Roi "Enryu" Ladines
Ravdan "Hustla" Narmandakh
Jaunuel "Jaunuel" Arcilla
Yopaj’s journey with OB.Neon
Yopaj joined OB.Neon's Dota 2 roster in September 2019 and eventually became one of the most skilled midlaners in Southeast Asia (SEA). The team dominated the regional Tier 2-3 scene in 2020, taking home a total of eight titles. In 2021, with its second place finish in the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) 2021 regional league and its 5th-6th finish at the Singapore Major 2021, OB.Neon made a name for itself in the SEA region as well as the international scene.
Dota 2 fans around the globe particularly hailed Yopaj for his incredible mid lane performances at the Singapore Major, which led to the hashtag #yopajismyidol being created.
OB.Neon has not performed particularly well following its heroics at the Singapore Major 2021, leading to a number of roster changes.
Four out of five players who performed exceptionally well in the first season of the DPC 2021, Skem, Yopaj, John Anthony "Natsumi-" Vargas, and Prieme Ejay "PlayHard" Banquil, are now gone from the lineup. Currently, these four players have no team. Only Jaunuel, who has been with the team for a long time, remains on OB.Neon's Dota 2 roster.
OB.Neon will open its campaign in the QH Sports Dota Series 2 on 2nd Sept 2021 when it faces Ragdoll and Army Geniuses. Therefore, we can expect to see the remaining two players of the Filipino organization’s Dota 2 roster announced within the next couple of days.