As every second week, we are giving you the latest player transfers from the world of esports. The Chinese Dota 2 Superstar Team has arrived and in the CDL the new teams are founded.
In CS:GO, MIBR is making some serious changes, in Dota 2 new rosters are entering the scene, including 4AM's Chinese Superstar Team, in League of Legends the coaches are retiring and in Call of Duty, the new teams are forming for the next season.
CS:GO: Big Change at MIBR and Dignitas
Made in Brazil: FalleN, TACO, Fer and Dead Leave the Team
MIBR surprisingly parted ways with Fernando "fer" Alvarenga, Epitacio "TACO" de Melo, and coach Ricardo "dead" Sinigaglia. Only a little later Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo also left the active roster.
Obrigado @fer, @TACOCS & @ricsini. pic.twitter.com/rl6YpXqNam— MIBR (@mibr) September 13, 2020
As TACO, among others, suggested, the decision was probably made solely by the organization and it was met with a lot of displeasure from the players. The reason for the dismissals is probably the rather weak track record in the last few months.
Dignitas: GeT_RiGhT and Xizt on the Bank
Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund and Richard "Xizt" Landström were put on the bench.
September 16, 2020
The decision was made after a lot of bad results. Dignitas actually failed to make it into the top 30 teams for the whole year and decided that this was the right way to go. GeT_RiGhT already made it clear that he will stay true to the game, while Xizt announced that he would take a break to think about his future.
Ninjas in Pyjamas: Nawwk Takes a Break
Tim "nawwk" Jonasson is taking time off for the rest of the Pro League due to health issues.
Player health always comes first - @nawwkcs on medical leave.https://t.co/Dz4SMgbLvN#GONINJAS #CSGO pic.twitter.com/KYpUSX3KL3— Ninjas in Pyjamas (@NIPGaming) September 16, 2020
At NiP, we put the health of the players first, which is why nawwk intervened early to prevent worse and keep downtime to a minimum. It is no longer uncommon for players to leave their team due to burnout. At Astralis alone, two players, gla1ve and Xyp9x, went on break. While nawwk is absent, Björn "THREAT" Pers will replace him.
Dota 2: The Chinese Superstar Team Is Here, Vici Has a New Roster, Na’Vi Puts Players on the Bench and Fnatic and Invictus Are Also Making Changes
4AM: The Superstar Roster Enters the Chinese Scene
The PUBG organization Four Angry Men (4AM) enters the Chinese Dota 2 scene with an incredible roster.
The roster consists mainly of former Vici Gaming players, two players from PSG.LGD and one former SAG player. This is what the full squad looks like:
- Zhang "Eurus" Chengjun
- Lu "Somnus丶M" Yao
- Zhou "Yang" Haiyan
- Xu "fy" Linsen
- Ru "RedPanda" Zhihao
- Bai "rOtK" Fan (Coach)
With this roster, 4AM brings together some of the strongest Chinese players in one team. We will have to wait and see if these stars will work together, after all, Dota 2 is a team game. However, the community expects great things from the superstar roster in the Chinese Dota 2 scene.
Vici Gaming: New Roster Announced
Ren "eLeVeN" Yangwei and Nuengnara "23savage" Teeramahanon joined the roster after Zhou "Yang" Haiyang and Bai "rOtK" Fan left the organization.
We hereby unveil our #Dota2 lineup for the upcoming season:— VICI Gaming (@VICI) September 15, 2020
VG.23Savage Nuengnara Teeramahanon
VG.Erica Yang Shao Han
VG.Ori Ceng Jiao Yang
VG.old eLeVeN Ren Yang Wei
VG.Pyw Xiong Jia Han
VG.Dy Ding Cong
Read More: https://t.co/77tJ1Wi6IH #VGFighting #VGWIN pic.twitter.com/JRZzxarFG5
23savage is not expected to arrive in China until the end of October/November, as his visa is still in the process due to the pandemic. In the meantime, Yang "Erica" Shaohan will take over his position as a stand-in.
- READ MORE: Vici Gaming Unveil Their New Dota 2 Roster!
Na’Vi Bench Their Old Roster and Sign FTM
Vladyslav "Crystallize" Krystanek, Pavel "9pasha" Khvastunov, Nikita "young G" Bochko and Andrey "Mag" Chipenko, Illias "illias" Ganeev and Alexander "Immersion" Hmelevskoy have all left the active roster.
Huge changes in our Dota 2 roster and a new approach to player selection!— NAVI (@natusvincere) September 18, 2020
: https://t.co/ih1BidAmIS#navination #Dota2 pic.twitter.com/YFVWeUUXOS
Initially, we saw Illias and Immersion remain in active duty, but they also got benched after Na'Vi announced they're signing the entire roster of FlyToMoon.
We are ready to announce our Dota 2 line-up for the upcoming events!— NAVI (@natusvincere) September 22, 2020
: https://t.co/lGsPsM7rl7#Dota2 #navination pic.twitter.com/YwKPqP9IzR
The team's first challenge is OGA Dota PIT Season 3 Europe/CIS which is already underway. At the beginning of October, we'll also see them attend ESL One Germany where the stakes will be even higher. FTM's roster will be on trial with Na'Vi and whether they remain in the organization will probably depend on the results.
Fnatic: Iceiceice and Eyyou Leave the Team
Daryl Koh "iceiceice" Pei Xiang and Nico "eyyou" Barcelon have decided to leave Fnatic
As part of our Dota 2 restructure we are announcing the departure of @iceiceicedota and @eyyoudota2.— FNATIC (@FNATIC) September 16, 2020
We wish them all the best for the future. pic.twitter.com/unAmmmsjBr
With iceiceice the most important player leaves the roster, as he was significantly involved in the establishment of Fnatic in the Dota 2 SEA scene. The decision probably came from him, because he did not want to extend his contract.
Things are a bit different with eyyou. Only recently it was announced that he will replace Jabz and take over the role of the captain. After just one week, however, the decision was made against it. For the upcoming season, Sang-Don "FoREv" Lee and Kenny "Xepher" Deo will replace them.
- READ MORE: Iceiceice and Eyyou Leave Fnatic
Invictus Gaming: iG and iG Vitality Make Changes
Invictus Gaming's Gao "@dogf1ghts" Tianpeng leaves the team and becomes the coach of iG Vitality. Hu "kaka" Liangzhi and Jin "flyfly" Zhiyi become permanent members. Lin "doodle"' Zikai, Li "Irving" Jian, Cui "QYQX" Chenyang Ni "ButterflyEffect" Weijie and Zhou "Dust" Shiyuan are now playing for iG Vitality.
Invictus Gaming DPC 2020/21 roster annoucement:— Invictus Gaming (@invgaming) September 14, 2020
iG.Dota2: flyfly, Emo, JT-, kaka, Oli~
iG.Vitality: doodle, ButterflyEffect, Irving, Dust, QYQX
Coach: super, dogf1ghts
We are ready for the new season, new challenges and new journey! #iGDota pic.twitter.com/pGX8UUztaI
We wish the new teams good luck in their future events.
League of Legends: Three Coaches and One Manager Step Down
Cloud9: Reapered Leaves
Bok "Reapered" Han-gyu leaves Cloud9 after more than four years.
Thank you to all the staff members and to all the players who worked with me. And thank you to the fans who watched our journey from beginning to end, and thank you for being with us, happiness, sadness, disappointment, fulfillment, and all the emotions, with us ! https://t.co/W9HUkcY2Re— Reapered (@Reapered) September 14, 2020
Reapered has been part of Cloud9 for over four years and has led the NA team to important titles on several occasions. After some major problems in the Summer Split 2020 and the missed entry into the Worlds, the organization decided to part with their coach.
T1: Kim Steps Back
Coach Jung Su "KIM" Kim leaves T1.
Dear fans,— T1 LoL (@T1LoL) September 13, 2020
Following the results of the Worlds Qualifiers, Jung Su "KIM" Kim has decided to resign. T1 respects his decision and has parted ways under a mutual agreement. We thank Kim for his commitment to the team this year and wish him the best in his future endeavors. pic.twitter.com/21NMrG9jYd
Kim has successfully led several teams to the Worlds. However, T1 also had some problems this time in the run-up to the Worlds and could not qualify for the biggest event of the year. The decision about his resignation has been made together and it's exciting to see which roster he will take care of next.
Vici Gaming: Kkoma Leaves the Team
Vici Gaming's coach Kim "KkOma" Jeong-gyun also resigns from his position.
Farewell, kkOma!https://t.co/c4inqDbVVL pic.twitter.com/GzHZbPWqlH— VICI Gaming (@VICI) September 10, 2020
KkOma will soon become a father and therefore resigns from his position as head coach to be with his family in Korea. Before joining Vici, he was the coach of SKT, which he coached for seven years and led them to the finals of the Worlds three times, winning two of them. This and several other titles make him the LoL coach with the most trophies. We probably won't see him for some time in the LoL scene but who knows.
Astralis: Deficio Resigns as Manager
Martin "Deficio" Lynge, former manager of Origen, leaves the organization.
It's been a crazy, challenging, rewarding but also stressful last two years, but as of today, I will be stepping down as GM. The organization is going in a new direction and so am I.https://t.co/RoHsvXn2xF https://t.co/07fUpktrfQ— Martin Lynge (@Deficiolol) September 15, 2020
Only recently, Astralis announced that they are now uniting Origen and Future FC, which have both always been part of the Astralis Group, under the name Astralis. Deficio was the manager at Origen and probably fell victim to the restructuring within Astralis. In any case, we wish him all the best for the future.
Call of Duty: Free Agency Phase and New Teams
After the end of the Call of Duty League 2020, the Free Agency Phase has started. All players whose contracts have not been renewed are free agents and the organizations are beginning to prepare for the new season.
Here are the first player changes in the CDL:
Chicago Huntsmen: Dashy is Coming
Brandon "Dashy" Otell joins the Huntsmen from OpTic Gaming LA and completes the roster.
Welcome back @DashySZN, Time 2 Hunt pic.twitter.com/g9QZBAiZaC— OpTic Chicago (@OpTicCHI) September 14, 2020
The active roster for 2021, therefore, consists of Scump, FormaL, Envoy, and Dashy.
Minnesota ROKKR: A completely new roster
With Lamar "Accuracy" Abedi, Dillon "Attach" Price, Michael "MajorManiak" Szymaniak and Preston "Priestahh" Greiner the organization is exchanging its roster.
2021 is going to be @Priestahh, @Attach, @majormaniak, and @AccuracyLA— Minnesota ROKKR (@ROKKR) September 15, 2020
Welcome to #ROKKR pic.twitter.com/fsRedJsMhK
Priestahh and MajorManiak are moving from Atlanta FaZe and Accuracy and Attach are coming from the New York Subliners.
Atlanta FaZe: The Brothers Separated Again
Alec "Arcitys" Sanderson goes from the Huntsmen to FaZe.
DESTINY HAS ARRIVED IN 4V4— Atlanta FaZe (@ATLFaZe) September 15, 2020
And it's teaming up with the Tiny Terrors, just in time for Cold War.
Welcome to Atlanta FaZe @Arcitys; the FINAL BOSS. #EZAF pic.twitter.com/TUDcZtqQSn
Last season he played in the Chicago Huntsmen alongside his brother Prestinni. He is still a free agent and does not have a new team yet.
With Simp, aBeZy, Cellium and Arcitys Atlanta's roster is also complete.
New York Subliners: Clayster as Third Man
James "Clayster" Eubanks from Dallas Empire to the New York Subliners.
Coming this... fall.— NYSL (@Subliners) September 18, 2020
Welcome @Clayster to the @andbox_official family. #NYSL pic.twitter.com/CIT0K5ZzkG
With ZooMa, Mack, and Clayster the Subliners are missing one last player to complete the roster.
That was it for this week. You can find everything else from the world of esports and gaming on EarlyGame or the EarlyGame Youtube channel! Catch up on previous esports player transfers here.