According to Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling, the Iceberg Esports Dota 2 team is no more. The International 5 winner made the announcement via his Twitter account earlier today.
We're no longer under contract with iceberg. Back to animal planet
— Aui 2000 (@Aui_2000) March 1, 2018
Iceberg Esports is a newly-founded esports organization. They first tried their hands in Dota 2 post TI7 with a relatively unknown roster. However, their team would fail to achieve anything noteworthy. As a result, they presumably dropped the team and remained quiet for months. It was only until in late January that Iceberg Esports made headlines. This time, because of their signing of Animal Planet, a team led by the aforementioned Aui_2000 and two-time Major winner David ‘MoonMeander‘ Tan.
What’s Wrong With Iceberg Esports?
Aui_2000’s announcement comes just hours after a member of Iceberg Esports CS:GO squad took to Twitter to air his concerns. The said player was Tom ‘tconnors‘ Connors. In his Tweet, he claimed that Iceberg Esports had failed to pay players $3k+ CAD each. Even worse, the organization reportedly blocked their all of their CS:GO players on everything.
I'd like to thank @IcebergEsports for failing to pay out $3k+ CAD per player then blocking us all on everything. This screws me for the next 2 months and is the last time I ever rely on a non-pro org to pay my bills. Huge mistake 🙁 pic.twitter.com/hTqMPwr40h
— Tom Connors (@tconnorscs) March 1, 2018
Going back to Aui_2000, the Canadian professional Dota 2 player has stated that they are going back to playing under the Animal Planet banner. It’s worth noting that prior to signing with Iceberg Esports, the team had a lot of success. Case in point, as Animal Planet, they had placed second in two separate regional qualifiers before qualifying for GESC: Indonesia. However, since signing with their now-former organization, the team has not even come close to qualifying for any Pro Circuit LAN.
As for any possible repurcussions, the team is still technically intact. So, they should still be eligible to receive a direct invite to the Regional Qualifiers for The International 8. This also likely means that they won’t receive a penalty for placing in the Top 4 in a Pro Circuit LAN going forward.
Going to my first LAN. GGs to @OpTicGaming
— Bryle (@bryledota) January 19, 2018
Animal Planet are set to make their Pro Circuit LAN debut at the GESC: Indonesia Dota 2 Minor in Jakarta on March 15-18.
Which organization do you think will sign Animal Planet? Do you think Digital Chaos will pick up the now-sponsorless squad? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.