The Hellraisers Dota 2 team have officially been dropped by the CIS-based organisation, just five months after they were signed ahead of The International 7. This news comes after the former Planet Dog squad failed to qualify for any Pro Circuit LAN this season.
Hellraisers released the official statement earlier today.
Ditya Ra Returns to Dota 2
no longer part of hellraisers. we'll be playing as Planet Dog with our new carry player @Ditya_Ra_
— Neta (@33Dota) December 12, 2017
Neta ’33‘ Shapira took the chance of announcing that they were no longer playing under the Hellraisers Dota 2 banner by also saying that the team will continue to play together under their former Planet Dog banner. He also introduced their newest addition Dmitry ‘Ditya Ra‘ Minenkov in the same tweet.
Most Dota 2 fans will remember Ditya Ra for his performance as Natus Vincere’s hard carry from 2015 to 2016. Throughout the year, the affable Dota 2 player helped carry the fan favourites to deep runs in various tournaments. This includes, among many others, 2nd place finishes in DreamLeague Season 5 and ESL One Frankfurt. He was also a part of the Natus Vincere team that captured the trophy at Starladder i-League StarSeries Season 2. Though Natus Vincere would ultimately bow out in 13-16th place in The International 6, Ditya Ra had already cemented himself as a legitimate top-tier talent with his performance all year round.
Mag, Cema, SoNNeikO, G and Ditya Ra will fight for Royal Arena title!
— Vega Squadron (@VegaSquadron) January 4, 2017
Ditya Ra has not had much success since, however. He parted ways with Natus Vincere in November 2016 and later played for Vega Squadron. The team would fail to post any notable performance with him as their carry player and he would leave after spending three months with the team.
Ditya Ra now joins a sponsor-less squad looking to recapture the same form that helped them qualify for The International 7 as an Open Qualifier team.
What do you think of Ditya Ra’s choice to join Planet Dog? Do you think they will shake up the status quo in the stacked European region? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.