The recent Dota season ended with 5 players winning The International 2019 and everyone else searching for answers about how they’re going to win The International 2020. The post TI shuffle is one of the most exciting times in Dota with new players joining forces and old teammates becoming rivals. Here is a look at five new teams formed for the up coming Dota Pro Circuit season.
Team Aster is a Chinese organization founded by Chinese Dota legend iG.BurNIng. They’ve recruited: Aster.Sccc, Aster.ChYuan, Aster.Xxs, Aster.Boboka and Aster.Fade for their team for the upcoming season.
Sccc was the star of Newbee during their 2nd place TI7 run. Since then he has been missing in action from Dota Pro Circuit events as his Newbee squad was unable to qualify for major tournaments.
ChYuan is a 19 year old mid player from Malaysia with approximately $10,000 in earnings. It’s not uncommon for young core players to burst onto the scene and make themselves a household name, ChYuan and Team Aster hopes this happens to them.
Xxs and Boboka were a part of INVICTUS GAMING the last time they played well at major tournaments. Boboka was the stand out star of IG especially on his position 4 Monkey King and Riki.
Fade was arguably the breakout star of all players in the last year. He won two Major tournaments last season with Vici Gaming who were one of the favorites to win it all at TI9.
We predict Team Aster to be able to qualify for at least two DPC events, if not Majors than Minors. With star power in Sccc and Fade, and young and hungry players in the other three members, Team Aster should be able to best the other top Chinese teams in at least two qualifiers.
Team Oracle is an Australian esports organization formed in 2019 with some competitive appearances this year.
QO is their most notable player with his run on MVP.Phoenix where the team upset OG at The International 2016. Since then he has disappeared from the professional scene and took an extended break in 2018. Now he’s back with Team Oracle.
No7, Monster, and Destrice do not have Liquipedia profiles so that should be enough analysis for them. No7 is from Cambodia, Monster is from the United States, and Destrice is from Malaysia.
Lordboonz is an Australian player with a Liquipedia page and has approximately $440 in earnings.
We would be very surprised and impressed if this team manages to beat out other Southeast Asian teams to make it to a major tournament. We predict this team will lose most qualifiers and at best play in a few minor tournaments.
Lowkey Esports is an American organization with teams in Pubg, Rocket League, Fortnite and other esports.
Sam H is their most well known player. He was the offlaner for TNC Predator for many years, playing in TI6, TI7, and TI8 with them.
Skadilicious is a carry player with approximately $4200 in earnings. He began his Dota 2 career in 2018 with Neon Esports.
Yowe is an 18 year old mid player with no earnings and little experience in competitive Dota.
Luzify is their 4 position and he doesn’t have a Liquipedia profile.
Flysolo is their 5 and captain. He has a long history in Dota 2 going back to 2015 but his total approximate earnings are $8,999.
If this team manages to win a qualifier over other Southeast Asian teams we will be impressed. We think this team has the potential to upset other top teams in the Southeast Asia region but whether or not that will happen is unknown.
The Asian Americans have formed their own stack under the leadership of EternalEnvy.
EternalEnvy is no stranger to forming his own stack to play Dota in his own vision. He created Team NP with his own funding, a team that had decent results. Now he’s forming a new team once again with what looks like his best stack to date.
Bryle is a Canadian mid player who had made a name for himself playing on J.Storm. He has a lifetime earning of approximately $24,500.
MoonMeander is a high skill offlane player who had tremendous success in the pro scene in the past. He played for the green OG team and won 2 majors and a few other tournaments with them. He has bounced around teams ever since getting kicked from OG and has been unable to recreate his success with OG.
SneyKing is an American offlane/support player who has been very active in major tournaments in the past two years. He has played in The International 2018 and 2019 with VGJ Storm and Newbee. He also won GESC Thailand in 2018 with VGJ.Storm and placed 2nd at MDL Changsta Major, losing to PSG.LGD.
Aui_2000 is a TI5 champion with Evil Geniuses. Since then he has not achieved much success as a pro player and has been coaching the North American Newbee for the past two years. He has decided to become a player once again and hopes to follow the footsteps of Ceb and become a coach turned player who wins a TI (again).
We think this team has the potential to beat any team in North America. With Evil Geniuses and Newbee changing their roster, North America is wide open. We wouldn’t be surprised if this team sticks together after qualifying to some major and minor tournaments.
It is weird to think about Evil Geniuses without Suma1L, but the new roster is built around EG.Arteezy instead, with EG.Ramzes666 in the offlane replacing s4. EG.Abed will take over the mid, while both Cr1t and Fly will keep their current positions.
There are several things worth noting in this new roster. First of all, we will finally get some sort of an answer about whether the RTZ and Sumail duo was too greedy. Both Sumail and Abed are top tier mids that can fulfill both the main carry and the tempo-core roles really well, but Abed definitely skews towards the latter more. In theory this should allow Arteezy to have a better time in his games and fully get into superhuman efficiency mode.
Secondly, while Ramzes is frequently thought of as that incredible, mechanically gifted super-carry, few know that for the last season he was also frequently the drafter and sometimes the de facto in-game coordinator of Virtus.Pro. Perhaps he will fill the very necessary role of introducing fresh ideas to the team and convincing veterans such as Fly and Bulba to experiment and take risks more frequently. Moreover, the third position is a little bit less intense, so Ramzes could take over some in-game coordination as well.
Finally, the departure of Sumail doesn't necessarily mean he is out of the scene and perhaps separating the region's strongest talent will allow the NA competitive Dota to flourish. Last DPC season was hardly a success for the region as a whole and despite decent TI9 results, some sort of fundamental change was needed. Hopefully, if there are three NA Major qualifier slots this year, they will be more deserved than last year.