It’s only been barely a week since Dota 2’s biggest annual tournament ended, but already we’ve seen a lot of rumors regarding roster changes floating around, from a supposedly inevitable EG roster change to Roman ‘Resolution’ Fominok being linked to just about every professional team out there.
While Dota 2’s transfer periods are always crazy, we’ve seen quite enough to speculate which teams who attended TI7 could, or rather, most likely will undergo a major roster shakeup.
With Team Faceless out of the picture, many pegged Fnatic as SEA’s second-best team behind TNC Pro Team; some even argued that they were the best in the region, citing Fnatic’s more experienced roster as the main reason.
With four players who are no strangers to making deep runs at TI and an up-and-coming carry player in Lai ‘Ahjit’ Jay Son, Fnatic certainly looked the part a budding powerhouse. However, instead of making it to the fourth or fifth day of the main event, they were the among the first to leave along with Hellraisers.
Given that the organisation dropped more than half of its roster following their 4th-place finish at TI6, you can only imagine what kind of changes the team will go through for the upcoming season.
Following their formation post-Kiev, the former Team NP’s roster looked like one of the better teams from NA, making deep runs at making deep runs at three LAN tournaments before securing one of NA’s two TI7 slots by going 8-1 at the qualifiers.
Unfortunately, as good as they had looked prior to TI7, their performance at the tournament itself was the complete opposite.
Team NP, who were now playing under the Cloud9 banner, barely squeaked into the main event. The team then lost against Team Empire in their BO1 elimination match in the lower brackets and finished in 13th-16th place.
Since then, a lot of rumors have surfaced regarding the future of the team. However, the most persistent seem to be Team NP founder and captain, Jacky ‘EternaLEnVy’ Mao, as well as Johan ‘pieliedie’ Åström, leaving Cloud9 to join Fnatic.
Being that Evil Geniuses’ current roster has been their most stable yet, they could very well stay intact and give the upcoming season another go. Although, if we are to see an EG roster change, it’s also highly likely that only one or two of the current players will remain with the team for the upcoming season.
After all, if any of the rumors are to go by, an EG roster change was already evident as soon as the TI5 champions finished below 3rd place at a TI for the first time since TI4; Andreas Franck ‘Cr1t-‘ Nielsen was supposedly as good as gone after the team finished TI7 in 9th-12th place.
Of course, rumors don’t exactly mean anything unless verified, and the team has yet to confirm nor deny anything, so you can expect all eyes to be on Evil Geniuses until the organisation releases an official statement.
Which teams do you think are going to sport a very different look for the new season? Do you think we’ll see an EG roster change announced soon? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.