North American stalwart and former TI5 champion, Clinton ‘Fear‘ Loomis, has officially come out of retirement to join the J.Storm Dota 2 roster as their position 4 support player. To make way for his arrival, the North American organization will be releasing Milan “MiLAN” Kozomara.
Fear is a name known to anyone following the scene. One of the earliest professional Dota 2 players, Fear’s career spans more than a decade. Most notably, he was one of the players featured alongside Danil ‘Dendi‘ Ishutin and Benedict ilm ‘hyhy‘ Han Long, in Valve’s documentary for Dota 2 titled “Free to Play”.
Joining the J.Storm Dota 2 roster marks just the second time in Fear’s long and illustration Dota 2 career that he will be playing in a team other than Evil Geniuses.
Fear Joining Provides the Calm to the Storm
J.Storm have taken no time asserting themselves in North America. Rebranded from the Vici Gaming sister squad, Team VGJ, and with NBA player, Jeremy Lin, as one of their biggest sponsors, the team was one of the teams to watch last season. Case in point, the organization sent two squads, VGJ.Storm and VGJ.Thunder, to The International 2018; the former won a Minor and finished in second place at a Major en route to posting a Top 8 finish at the most prestigious annual tournament in Dota 2.
Of the two squads, only one now remain, the North American leg, now renamed to J.Storm. However, this is an entirely new roster. Gone are all the players that made the team one of the biggest dark horses last season. But, even with a relatively new set of talents, J.Storm have remained the same fun team to watch this season.
Captained by former MVP.Phoenix player, Park ‘March‘ Tae-won, who is fresh out of his mandatory military service in South Korea, and featuring young talents like Jonathan ‘Bryle” De Guia, have easily been the second best Dota 2 team in North America. Although they had a relatively lackluster showing at the Kuala Lumpur Major, there were the occasional flashes of brilliance, a given when you have a young and inexperienced team.
With Fear on board, it’s clear that J.Storm want to speed up their timeline and contend right away.
One of the champions of the “sacrificial carry” playstyle, Fear is one of the most versatile Dota 2 players in history. Case in point, he has played just about every hero in Dota 2. He is currently second all-time with 109 unique heroes played.
While a huge signing, Fear alone does not instantly help turn J.Storm into contenders. They have a long way to go to achieve that status. However, his experience and everything else that he brings to the table, does make the team much more dangerous. Not to mention, it helps elevate their ceiling. Also, given how he successfully served as a mentor to superstar midlaner Syed Sumail ‘SumaiL‘ Hassan, he could potentially have the same effect on J.Storm’s very own superstar midlaner, Bryle.
With a maverick like Jimmy ‘DeMoN‘ Ho as their coach, the Dota 2 scene might have just seen the rise of a new powerhouse.
Fear will make his official LAN debut with J.Storm at the Chongqing Major next year in late January.
What kind of effect do you think Fear will have on J.Storm? Will his tenure with the team be as successful as his time with Evil Geniuses? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.