Neta ‘33‘ Shapira is now officially a part of OpTic Gaming’s Dota 2 squad. The North American organization made it official earlier today via their social media accounts.
Let's make it official.
— OpTic Gaming™ (@OpTicGaming) February 8, 2018
The 2o-year-old Israeli is just two years into his career as a professional Dota 2 player. He first got his start with No Logic Gaming back in 2015. He then alternated time between Prodota Gaming and Kaipi for two years. Eventually 33 would get his big break prior to The International 7 with Planet Dog; a team made up of relatively unknown players that made history as the first Open Qualifier team to qualify for The International.
— Neta (@33Dota) July 30, 2017
While Planet Dog (who then played under the Hellraisers banner) failed to impress at The International 7, joining Fnatic as the first two teams to exit the tournament after poor showings in the group stages, 33’s performance was apparently enough to put him on the map. 33 would spend a couple more months after TI7 with the European squad. However, after failing to qualify for anything, Planet Dog eventually disbanded. Though they have since reformed and are now playing as Double Dimension, 33 was no longer part of them. Instead, he would get picked up as a stand-in for OpTic Gaming.
— OpTic Gaming™ (@OpTicGaming) February 9, 2018
33 seems to have found success with OpTic Gaming. Though they have yet to make a LAN appearance together as a team, they have since qualified for the Katowice Major, Bucharest Major, and DAC 2018 Major. Officially, 33 plays as the team’s position 4 support. However, OpTic Gaming has a tendency to put him into the offlane, swapping his roles with Ludwig ‘zai‘ Wåhlberg.
The Second Best Team in North America
compLexity Gaming are the second best Dota 2 team in North America. That is, if we were to go by Pro Circuit LAN appearances and Qualifying Points. But, their failure to put up decent results against international competition paves the way for OpTic Gaming and Iceberg Esports. After all, both are extremely talented squads that, ironically enough, are headlined by TI5 champions and former teammates with Evil Geniuses, Peter ‘ppd‘ Dager and Kurtis ‘Aui_2000‘ Ling.
With Immortals struggling and compLexity Gaming looking to have plateaued, look to OpTic Gaming and Iceberg Esports to turn some heads with their performance in the second half of the 17-18 season.
What do you think of 33 and his fit with OpTic Gaming so far? Do you think that they could’ve picked up a much better player? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.