Haxxeren and LezzQQ Make the Switch to Dota 2

Jeppe ‘Haxxeren’ Jensen and Shamal ‘LezQQ’ Amin-Enemark, two former Heroes of Newerth professionals, have officially switched to Dota 2 and joined up Adrian ‘Era’ Kryeziu, among others, to form the five-man stack named The Final Tribe as confirmed on Twitter.

Who Are Haxxeren and LezQQ?

Haxxeren and LezQQ are one of the few Heroes of Newerth professional players to have remained despite the game’s declining player base. However, both players have slowly been dipping their foot in Dota 2. They then recently made their official debut in the European Qualifiers for the WCA 2017 under the tag HoNSquad. 

Haxxeren is a well-known carry player in HoN and a popular streamer who most recently placed 3rd-4th in the HoN Tour World Finals 2016. Meanwhile, LezQQ is a former teammate of Ludwig ‘zai’ Wåhlberg and Maurice ‘KheZu’ Gutmann with Blackfade, which placed 3rd in the DreamHack Summer 2012 tournament.

Both players aren’t the first to switch to Dota 2 from Heroes of Newerth and they certainly will not be the last. Given the rapidly declining player base of the game and the improved stability of the Dota 2 scene this season, you can expect more players to follow the same route and switch to Dota 2 in the near future.

The Final Tribe and Europe

Haxxeren

Image via Valve

  • Adrian ‘Era’ Kryeziu
  • Shamal ‘LezQQ’ Amin-Enemark
  • Jonas ‘jonassomfan’ Lindholm
  • Jeppe ‘Haxxeren’ Jensen
  • Simon ‘Handsken’ Haag

If them officially registering their roster is any indication, The Final Tribe have their eyes set on qualifying for and playing in Valve-sponsored tournaments. If true, this is a bold move considering the circumstances.

Not only do they have a new lineup with two relatively new players to the scene, but Europe is as stacked as ever.

Team Secret are currently playing gatekeepers of the region and have so far handily secured every qualifier they’ve played in. Then there’s OG, who despite their early-season struggles, are still a notch above most teams. Finally, there’s Mousesports, Hellraisers, Team Kinguin and MidorFeed, who have all proven themselves as capable if inconsistent.

The fact that the then-named HoNSquad failed to show any promise in the Closed Qualifier for the WCA 2017 Europe Finals certainly doesn’t help either.

Of course, who knows? Maybe Haxxeren and LezQQ could make a successful transition and follow the career path of the likes of Johan ‘N0tail’ Sundstein and Peter ‘ppd’ Dager, among others.

In any case, The Final Tribe and the former Alliance members will have very few chances of qualifying for LAN tournaments this year now that most tournament qualifiers have already concluded.

What kind of career do you think Haxxeren and LezQQ will have in Dota 2? Do you think they’ll be able to make a successful transition? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below. 

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