Are you ready to hear about some speculative Dota 2 roster changes?
As the first quarter of the Pro Circuit comes to a close, it’s expected that we’ll hear news about Dota 2 roster changes in a few weeks. It’s practically tradition at this point. Even Dota 2’s new competitive system, which figuratively and literally encourages teams to try to stick together for an entire year, can’t stop organisations and players themselves from looking for better opportunities for the new year.
Having said that, we won’t be conjuring up some out of this world ideas here. Instead, our focus will remain on Dota 2 teams who have failed to find success throughout the first four months of the Pro Circuit and we believe are due for a roster shakeup, or two.
The South American Shuffle
— Infamous Gaming (@Infamous_GG) December 7, 2017
South America was arguably one of the biggest beneficiaries of the new Pro Circuit. With at least one slot guaranteed for each of the six main competitive regions, at least one team from South America would be assured of a spot in a Valve-sponsored LAN. So far, SG e-sports and Infamous have made the most of this opportunity. They’ve alternated appearances for the first 7 Pro Circuit LANs of the season.
It’s good that they’ve appeared in so many Pro Circuit LANs. What’s not good is that all of their appearances have led to early exits. Both teams have yet to earn themselves any amount of Qualifying Points. That’s not necessarily a sign of progress. Especially with the emergence of paIN Gaming and Sacred, both of which field arguably better players who’ve had more success against international competition. Not to mention that tournaments are only going to get more competitive next year, with more teams participating in both Minors and Majors.
Given that South American organisations are known for constant Dota 2 roster changes, the fact that SG e-sports and Infamous have stayed together this long without having achieved much is a feat in and of itself. Just don’t expect their lineups to stay intact for much longer.
— mousesports (@mousesports) November 27, 2017
Time sure flies, doesn’t it? It seems like it was only yesterday that Mousesports, who were still playing under the Ad Finem banner, shocked the world to earn themselves a Grand Finals berth against OG in the Boston Major. Many expected the Greeks to take the proverbial leap back then. Nearly one year later, and we’re still waiting.
Since leaving Ad Finem to play for mouz back in April, the Greeks have had a rather uneventful half-year. They finished in last place in the Kiev Major, finished 4th in Galaxy Battles, and failed to impress in the Adrenaline Cyber League LAN tournament, losing to the eventual champions, Natus Vincere, in the opening rounds. Even worse is that those three have been their only LAN appearances so far this year.
Chemistry and loyalty are good and all. mouz have both in spades. It’s just that they’ve failed to flash any semblance of even being a solid Tier 2 team, let alone being a contender. So, it’s either that we’ll see either team change up the roster a bit, or mousesports decides to drop them.
LFY & LGD Gaming
— LGD-Gaming (@LGDgaming) September 4, 2017
Considering their performance in the months leading up to The International 7 and the main event itself, both LGD Gaming and LFY should have had a better season than they’re currently having. But they’re not. And with the Pro Circuit already short 2 Minors and a Major, there’s fewer Qualifying Points to go around. This should only make the competition for tournament slots and a direct invite to The International 8 even tighter.
It’s common knowledge by now that Dota 2 roster changes in China don’t happen until after the Chinese New Year in February. However, with how badly both teams are performing right now, don’t expect their full roster to stay intact until then.
Dota 2 Roster Changes – Other Possible Candidates
A few weeks back and OG, as well as Evil Geniuses, looked like they were well on their way to dropping and adding a player or two. But, they have since righted the proverbial ship. OpTic Gaming have also changed things up a bit. They brought in Martin ‘Saksa‘ Sazdov to replace Rasmus ‘MiSeRy‘ Filipsen, so it’s highly unlikely that we’ll see them shuffle the roster, at least until after the Galaxy Battles Major next month.
Fnatic seem like another possible candidate, but it’s hard to know for sure exactly what Jacky ‘EternaLEnVy‘ Mao is going to do next. Another early exit at The Summit 8 Minor next week might just be what pushes him to jump ship and go back to North America. However, he could easily just think of the worst stretch so far of his professional career as just the thing he needs for the perfect comeback story.
With the next roster registration period just right around the corner, expect to see more Dota 2 roster changes happening in the coming weeks.
Which team/s do you think are prime candidates for Dota 2 roster changes? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.