Dota 2 pro players get dropped all the time; Organizations often don’t even think twice about dropping entire Dota 2 teams. Especially when they’re not producing the desired results. This is a sad reality that players and fans alike have come to accept over the years.
There are certain cases, however, when a Dota 2 pro gets kicked off a team seemingly out of nowhere. Like, for example, after a huge win, when everything seemed to go well for the entire roster. Case in point, Fnatic recently dropping their longest tenured member Khoo ‘Ohaiyo‘ Chong Xin, replacing him with The International 5 winner Saahil ‘UNiVeRsE‘ Arora just weeks after placing 2nd at the Summit 8 Minor back in December and just hours after qualifying for the ESL One Katowice Major.
While few may have seen Fnatic‘s decision to bid farewell to Ohaiyo coming, it’s hardly unprecedented. In fact, some players have had it worse over the years.
Below you’ll find a list of Dota 2 pro players who suddenly found themselves without a team after helping their respective teams win big.
Jacky ‘EternaLEnVy’ Mao – No TideHunter (2012)
It’s only fitting that we start with probably one of the most polarizing Dota 2 pro players in the game.
EternaLEnVy, or known simply as EE within the Dota 2 community, was relatively new to the professional scene when he decided to lead and captain a squad known as No TideHunter back in 2012. The team had good results in its first few months, but it wasn’t until they landed the Swedish duo Jonathan ‘Loda‘ Berg and Joakim ‘Akke‘ Akterhall that they started to gain traction.
Then, at DreamHack Winter 2012, No TideHunter would shock the entire world by dropping only one game throughout the entire tournament en route to taking down the heavy favourites Evil Geniuses in the Grand Finals.
Apparently, however, being one of the founding members of the team doesn’t really mean a lot. Although No TideHunter proceeded to get good results after their iconic tournament run, the team decided to drop their captain in favour of Jerry ‘EGM‘ Lundkvist to go full-swede in February of 2013. The rest, as they say, is history. Although EternaLEnVy enjoyed moderate success after leaving No Tidehunter, his former team would eventually get picked up by Alliance months later and become just the third team to win The International in August of the same year.
David ‘Moo’ Hull – Digital Chaos (2016)
The Dota 2 team that was dissolved and rebuilt in a single day just days before the roster lock back in March of 2016 wasn’t supposed to achieve much. In fact, they didn’t. At least, for the first few months. They team performed well enough locally, winning qualifiers and securing spots in international LANs. They simply failed to perform once the premier events came around.
When the lights were brightest, however, Digital Chaos were unfazed. They took 2nd place in the relatively stacked Group B at The International 6. And though they had found themselves in the lower brackets right after the opening rounds of the main event, they would fight their way to a Grand Finals berth. En route, Digital Chaos took down LGD Gaming and EHOME, as well as the tournament favourites and defending champions, Evil Geniuses.
Even if they had failed to win it all, it only made sense to bring the roster back for another run. However, the rest of Digital Chaos’ roster didn’t seem to think so. Just weeks after their amazing run, they would drop Moo in favour of two-time Major winner David ‘MoonMeander‘ Tan.
Digital Chaos would proceed to have moderate success after picking up MoonMeander; they finished in the Top 4 at the Boston Major and took home honors at ESL One Genting 2017 after the roster change. Unfortunately, things would go sour soon as the team would end up leaving Digital Chaos in April of 2017. All five members of the team ultimately split up while playing under the Planet Odd banner later on after failing to qualify for The International 7.
As for Moo, he was picked up by CompLexity Gaming in September of 2016. He has remained with the team since.
Aliwi ‘w33’ Omar – Team Secret (2016)
Starting off as a well-known pubstar, w33 got his big break when Clement ‘Puppey‘ Ivanov recruited him for the newly-revamped Team Secret roster post-TI5.
w33 took no time showing that he belonged among the best of the best. In Team Secret’s LAN debut, w33 would help his team finish 2nd at ESL One New York. Then, just mere weeks later, w33 would help Team Secret take home back-to-back titles at the MLG World Finals in New Orleans and Nanyang Dota 2 Championships in Singapore before finishing in 2nd place at the Frankfurt Major.
Although the team had lackluster results in the tournaments after, they remained a strong team overall. Team Secret then seemingly found their form once the Shanghai Major started. After finishing in 2nd place during the group stages, Team Secret would send OG and Evil Geniuses to the lower brackets before taking down Team Liquid 2-1 in the Grand Finals to win their first Major.
To the surprise of many, however, Team Secret decided to make some huge changes shortly after the win. They bid farewell to the services of both w33 and Rasmus ‘MISERY‘ Filipsen, replacing them with Evil Geniuses’ Artour ‘Arteezy‘ Babaev and UNiVeRsE.
Both w33 and his former team found little to no success in the months after the split. However, w33 would get the last laugh that year when he, MISERY and the rest of Digital Chaos finished in 2nd place at The International 6 while Team Secret finished in last place.
Kurtis ‘Aui_2000’ Ling
In perhaps the most meme’d roster move ever, Evil Geniuses decided to kick the Canadian Dota 2 pro player Aui_2000 just days after he helped the team win a TI back in August 2015.
Aui had joined Evil Geniuses in January of 2015 after Arteezy and Ludwig ‘zai‘ Wåhlberg left to form the all-star ensemble now known simply as Team Secret 2.0. A stylistic fit right from the start, Aui took no time finding his place within the team. With him and the then-rookie Syed Sumail ‘SumaiL‘ Hassan in tow, Evil Geniuses roared off to a good start; after a 3rd place finish at Dota 2 League Season 5, Evil Geniuses would go on to win DAC 2015 to open up the year.
In the months leading up to The International 2015, Evil Geniuses would finish in 2nd place in 3 LAN tournaments, take home 1 trophy, and finish lower than 2nd place only once. The boys in blue would then go on to win The International 2015, with Aui’s signature heroes Techies and Naga Siren playing a key role in their success.
After taking a short break post TI7, Aui has returned to playing with MoonMeander and a few other NA players named Team Animal Planet. He has yet to find the same level of success since his time with Evil Geniuses.
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