In the first full week since Team Liquid win The International 7 we’ve seen the release of Siltbreaker Act 2 and Patch 7.06f, as well as countless more rumors about who’s teaming up with who for the upcoming competitive season.
Siltbreaker Act 2 Finally Launched
After much delay, the long-awaited Siltbreaker Act 2 has finally been released and introduces the new act, as well as a number of gameplay changes to the campaign.
The new changes include an all-new Adventure Mode, new Artifacts and Artifact Coins, among others.
Click here for the official announcement.
Mini-Patch Shines Light on Unpicked Heroes of TI7
Patch 7.06 is probably the most diverse the Dota 2 metagame has been since the game’s inception; the 107 different heroes picked across TI7 serves as proof of that.
Even so, there were still a handful of heroes that ended up without a minute of playtime throughout the event, namely Bane, Lich, Tiny, Wraith King, and Lion.
The recently-released patch 7.06 should help make such heroes viable competitively; the level 20 talent change to Lion’s ultimate (+300 damage) and the buff to his stun duration from levels 1 to 3 is huge. The same goes for Tiny, whose skill, Toss, has had the mana cost reduced significantly from levels 1 to 3 and his range now nearly doubled when in possession of an Aghanim’s Scepter.
On the other hand, the nerfs to Lich and Earthshaker, some of the two most commonly picked heroes at TI7, should make them less viable in the coming weeks ahead.
Click here for the official patch notes.
OG Says Goodbye To Ana
Four-time Major winners, OG, have officially released their core player Anathan ‘Ana’ Pham.
Ana originally joined OG post-TI6 and quickly proved himself as one of the game’s best midlaners. During his team with OG, the 17-year-old Australian helped guide the team to a number of LAN titles and deep runs, including The Boston Major and The Kiev Major.
Ana has also since announced that he is going to take a break this competitive season; OG is expected to announce a replacement soon.
Click here for more info.
Mushi-Iceiceice Reunite in New Mineski Lineup
SEA legends, Chai ‘Mushi’ Yee Fung and Daryl Koh ‘iceiceice’ Pei Xiang, have decided to team up for the upcoming season after each of their respective teams, Team Faceless and Mineski, failed to qualify for TI7.
In addition to the former Team DK teammates, the new Mineski lineup will boast the likes of former Team Faceless position 4 support, Anucha ‘Jabz‘ Jirawong; longtime Mineski player Michael ‘ninjaboogie‘ Ross Jr; former WG.Unity midlaner, Kam ‘NaNa’ Boon Seng.
Mineski’s manager tweeted out the official announcement earlier this week.
Click here for more information.
Alliance Drops Half of their Roster
After failing to qualify for TI7, Alliance, is now looking to undergo a full roster rebuild, letting go of three of their longest tenured players: Simoni ‘Handsken’ Haag, Linus ‘Limmp’ Blomdin and Jonas ‘jonassomfan’ Lindholm.
Axel ‘Pablo’ Källman and Adrian ‘Era’ Kryeziu, who both joined Alliance for the TI7 qualifiers, are now the only remaining players on the Alliance roster.
There are no updates as of yet as to who will make up Alliance’s new roster for the upcoming season. Although co-owner and co-founder, Jonathan ‘Loda’ Berg, has teased a return to competitive Dota 2 via Twitter.
Click here for more information.
TNC To Make No Changes
"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together". TNC Pro Team TI7 roster will move on to the new season together! pic.twitter.com/P3BKLNPZXB
— TNC Pro Team (@TNCProTeam) August 21, 2017
In a surprising turn of events, SEA’s TNC Pro Team will head into the upcoming season with the same lineup.
First finalized back in May 2017, TNC’s current lineup is as follows:
- Marc Polo ‘Raven’ Luis Faustro
- Carlo ‘Kuku’ Palad
- Sam ‘Sam_H’ Enojosa Hidalgo
- Timothy ‘Tims’ Randrup
- Theeban ‘1437’ Siva
TNC Pro Team has had quite a successful run with their current roster, even when you consider their slightly disappointing 9th-12th place finish at TI7.
Lest we forget, they went toe-to-toe with the TI7 champs in the Grand Finals of the StarLadder iLeague Invitational #2 and finished in 3rd place at the Galaxy Battles 2017. Additionally, they looked like SEA’s top team after finishing in 1st place at the TI7 SEA Qualifiers with an 8-1 record.
With yet another TI run under their belt and seasoned veteran 1437 leading the way, TNC Pro Team are the heavy favourites to rule over SEA for the upcoming season.
Timado Leaves Infamous
Thanks @Infamous_GG for this great experience, wish the best to my ex teammates. Ready for the new season
— Enzo Gianoli (@Timadota) August 18, 2017
While Infamous has yet to formally announce the roster change, one of their players, Enzo ‘Timado‘ Gianoli have since stated via Twitter that he was already out of the team.
Also, in case you missed it, the 16-year-old Dota 2 player from Peru recently found himself in an online verbal spat after one of his former teammates, Renato ‘Kingteka’ Garcia, called him out on Facebook.
WG.Unity New Roster Announced
— Wykrhm Reddy (@wykrhm) August 21, 2017
After falling short at the TI7 SEA Open Qualifiers, WG.Unity will now enter the new competitive season with an entirely different lineup.
The new roster includes the Russian Khaled ‘sQreen’ El-Khabbash; the Jordanian pubstar, Feras ‘Feero’ Hroob; Clutch Gamers’ former captain, Kenneth ‘flysolo’ Coloma; Kim ‘Velo’ Tae-sung, who most recently played for Geek Fam; SEA pubstar, Galvin Kang Jian ‘Meracle’ Wen.
Click here for WG.Unity’s official announcement.
Other Noteworthy News
- Fernando ‘Nando‘ Mendoza out and in Kim ‘Gabbi‘ Villafuerte for SEA’s Execration.
- mousesports to stick together for the upcoming season.
- Dota 2 coach/analyst, Murielle ‘Kipspul‘ Huisman, leaves TNC Pro Team.
- Possible Fnatic roster leaked.
- Dota 2 veteran, Ng ‘YamateH’ Wei Poong, teams up with Lee ‘kYxY’ Kong Yang for the ROG Masters 2017 APAC Qualifiers.
- Team Singularity part ways with roster; roster to remain intact.
- SirActionSlacks’ new loregasm video is up.