New Dota 2 Teams To Watch This 2017-18 Season

While most Dota 2 fans can’t wait to see their favourite teams such as OG, Evil Geniuses, and Team Secret roll out their latest lineup in official games, the latest shuffle also gave rise to a couple of new Dota 2 teams, some of which are looking pretty scary on paper.

Below, we’ll take a look at some of the new Dota 2 teams who are oozing with potential and who we think could upset the balance in the coming months.

EHOME

  • Wang ‘old chicken’ Zhiyong
  • Chen ‘Cty’ Tianyu
  • Zhang ‘Faith_bian’ Ruida
  • Xu ‘Hym’ Zhi
  • Zhang ‘y`’ Yiping

Nevermind the fact that EHOME’s latest roster technically isn’t a new team; this is essentially the same lineup that placed at the bottom half of the TI7 Chinese Regional Qualifiers, with Hym, who was brought in to replace Liu ‘Garder’ Xinzhou post TI7, as the lone exception.

Even so, you can’t just sleep on EHOME’s potential to rise back to the top of the Dota 2 scene. Lest we forget, they have Faith_bian and y`, two 19-year-old players who were part of arguably the most dominant TI champions in history and the latter was their captain.

Cty is no slouch either, as he’s widely considered as one of the best laners in the world. His versatility and creativity also fit in perfectly with y`’s preference to field out unusual lineups.

Now that the players have only had more time to play and practice together, EHOME’s latest lineup could very well be the second coming of Wings Gaming.

The Dire

New Dota 2 Teams

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  • Per Olsson ‘Pajkatt’ Lille
  • Quinn ‘CC&C’ Callahan
  • Ludwig ‘Zai’ Wahlberg
  • Rasmus ‘MiSeRy’ Filipsen
  • Peter ‘ppd’ Dager

Where most new Dota 2 teams have a dearth of experience but are oozing with potential, The Dire have both in spades.

Four out of five members of the currently-sponsorless stack have multiple TI appearances under their belts. MiSeRy has the most of the four, with six straight appearances. Meanwhile, Peter ‘ppd’ Dager is one of the most successful captains in Dota 2 history and has a TI win to show for it.

The Dire’s least experienced member is CC&C who, barely more than a year after first turning pro, nearly punched his ticket to Seattle at the TI7 NA Qualifiers with Team Freedom.

Should Zai show the same form in his return to the offlane as he did with Team Secret and CC&C take the next step as a player now that he’s surrounded with veteran talent, The Dire has the potential to be just as good if not better than North America’s perennial powerhouse team, Evil Geniuses. 

VGJ.Storm

New Dota 2 Teams

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  • Ravindu ‘Ritsu’ Kodippili
  • Eric ‘Ryoya’ Dong
  • Jingjun ‘Sneyking’ Wu
  • Franchis ‘FrancisLee’ Lee
  • Stanley ‘Stan King’ Yang

CC&C’s former team, Team Freedom, was the surprise delight of the TI7 NA Qualifiers after they seemingly came out of nowhere and nearly upset Team NP. And now, they’ve arguably gotten better.

The team’s captain, Stanley ‘Stan King’ Yang, brings with him his experience as the coach of Cloud9 at TI7. Meanwhile, both Francis ‘FrancisLee’ Lee and Jingjun ‘Sneyking’ Wu should only improve as players after coming so close to securing a spot at TI7.

Eric ‘Ryoya / 747’ Dong is just every bit as prolific as CC&C was in the midlane, while the oft-maligned Ravindu ‘Ritsu’ Kodippili remains a prolific hard carry player.

So far, VGJ Storm have looked strong playing in the King’s Cup and are looking like one of the heavy-favourites to win a direct invite to The Summit 8.

If they keep up their performance, VG.J Storm could very well give other NA teams and even Evil Geniuses a run for their money when they meet in the Regional Qualifiers for the Minors and Majors in the next few months.

W33 Stack

New Dota 2 Teams

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The stack headlined by w33 is yet another intriguing mix of players with huge upset potential. Joining him is his former teammate with Digital Chaos and Planet Odd, Saksa and former Team Secret player, KheZu, who will man the position 5 support and position 3 off lane roles respectively for the team.

While those three make up the bulk of the star power of the currently-sponsorless w33 stack, their other two players aren’t exactly huge unknowns.

cancel^^ is a prolific mid player who pulled off his fair share of upsets with compLexity Gaming post TI6. Meanwhile, Timado was one of the youngest players at TI this year. The 17-year-old turned a lot of heads with his performance for Infamous at the TI7 SA qualifiers and at The International 7 itself.

Playing in EU doesn’t exactly bode well for this relatively young squad; they’ll have to go through the likes of OG, Team Secret, Hellraisers and mousesports to qualify to a Minor or Major. But, if KheZu and Timado continue to grow as players and w33’s penchant for playing unconventional mid heroes such as Earth Spirit and Skywrath Mage translates well to the position 4, this w33 stack could make the competition at EU even tighter than it currently is.

Fnatic

New Dota 2 Teams

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  • Jacky ‘EternalEnVy’ Mao
  • Steve ‘Xcalibur’ Ye
  • Chong ‘Ohaiyo’ Khoo
  • Djardel Jicko B. ‘DJ’ Mampusti
  • Johan ‘pieliedie’ Åström

EternaLEnVy alone is a must-watch player. Known for his willingness to take huge risks in-game, the Canadian Dota 2 player’s “next-level” decision-making skills often results in an epic win or a baffling defeat, there’s no in between.

Now, he will join DJ and Ohaiyo, two SEA staples who also have a reputation for taking risky maneuvers in-game, in the latest Fnatic lineup.

Thankfully, pieliedie and Excalibur made the jump along with EternaLEnVy, giving Fnatic two relatively “safe” players to help balance out the aggression of the rest of the team.

Only time will tell if this year’s Fnatic squad will crush teams in SEA or fall flat on their faces. But, one thing is for certain, this is a must-watch team that is sure to keep audiences entertained, regardless of whether they win or lose.

Must-Watch New Dota 2 Teams

The qualifiers for the 2 Minors and 1 Major slated for October will provide us with our first glimpse of the many new Dota 2 teams that came about during the annual roster shuffle.

With at least 22 combined Minors and Majors confirmed for the entire season, the scramble to round up as many points as possible to qualify for The International 8 could make the 2017-18 season the most intriguing to date.

Which of these 5 new Dota 2 teams do you think has the best chance to shake up the status quo? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.

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