Just as it looked like the year would end without anything big happening in the Dota 2 scene, Lee ‘Forev’ Sang-don went on to break the silence earlier today after telling the world that he was no longer part of the Immortals Dota roster.
“It was nice to work with Team @Immortals. I wish them luck in the future.” wrote the 26-year-old Korean Dota 2 player on his Twitter account.
It was nice to work with Team @Immortals . I wish them luck in the future
— Forev (@ForevDoto) December 30, 2017
Forev had spent the entire season with Immortals; the former MVP.Phoenix squad decided to reform post TI7 after spending the entire year post TI6 playing for their own respective teams.
Forev did not give a specific reason for him leaving the Immortals Dota roster. Coincidentally enough, Forev was also the first member to part ways with MVP.Phoenix after their 6th-place run at The International 6 last year.
Replacing Forev in the Immortals Dota Roster
Replacing a world-class offlaner like Forev isn’t easy. Especially when there’s a relatively shallow pool of Korean Dota 2 players to choose from.
When the news first broke out, many pointed out the possibility of Park ‘March‘ Tae-won rejoining the team. But MVP.Phoenix’s former coach and captain, who was a prolific offlaner himself is currently unavailable; he’s currently serving his military service and will not be out until mid-2018.
Well guys I got my official enlist date to navy. Really going to army April 11th. See you guys in 2 years LOL
— March (@MarchDota) March 21, 2016
Kim ‘Velo‘ Tae-sung was another name who also came up amidst the roster shuffle. Velo, who is also an offlaner, would make a good fit, especially since he previously played under the MVP.Phoenix banner. However, he is currently playing for Clutch Gamers, so his availability is questionable at best.
Prolific offlaners Saahil ‘UNiVeRsE‘ Arora and Maurice ‘KheZu‘ Gutmann are both free agents as well. The former is a TI winner and is one of the most accomplished Dota 2 players in the world. Meanwhile, the latter is a young talent who spent much of last season playing alongside Pyo ‘MP‘ No-a with Team Secret.
Either way, the North American organisation shouldn’t be in a hurry to find a replacement. They’re not exactly set to play in any Pro Circuit Qualifier anytime soon, let alone make a LAN appearance.
Immortals are currently in 15th place in the season’s leaderboards with a total of 90 Qualifying Points.
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