- July 20, 2017
The sponsorless Planet Dog have now found an org and will be playing under the Hellraisers Dota banner at The International 7.
Wykrhm Reddy, a prominent figure within the Dota scene, first broke the news earlier today.
— Wykrhm Reddy (@wykrhm) July 19, 2017
Hellraisers Dota Returns To The Scene
Prior to the pickup, many fans had already hoped that Cloud9 would pick up Planet Dog. Especially after the team’s captain, Alexei ‘j4’ Lipai, revealed in an interview that he was a big fan of the organisation.
Yet, it was Hellraisers who swooped in and sponsored the team.
The players and the organization have decided to go different roads.
— HellRaisers Info (@HR_Information) March 22, 2016
Although a well-known CIS organisation, Hellraisers have not fielded a Dota 2 roster in over a year. The organisation last had a squad in March of 2016, which they had dropped due to the team’s lack of success.
We have yet to get a hold of further details regarding the sponsorship. However, it’s safe to assume that what happened was that the organisation paid the team a lump sum of money to play under the Hellraisers Dota banner at TI.
It’s a logical move for both parties; the players get some money in their pockets while Hellraisers get themselves a lot of brand exposure at one of the biggest Esports events of the year.
With that said, it wouldn’t come off as a surprise if Planet Dog parts ways with the organisation as soon as The International 7 is over.
A True Underdog
Planet Dog came to be a day after Prodota Gaming dropped their Dota 2 roster citing “internal issues” as the main reason.
Four of the five players decided to form the now TI7-bound team with their fifth member being Uros ‘Swiftending’ Galic, Milan ‘MiLAN’ Kozomara’s former teammate with Elements One.
Despite having no sponsor, Planet Dog decided to brave the TI7 EU Open Qualifiers, securing a spot at the main qualifiers in their second try.
For more information about how the squad made it to TI, be sure to check out our team preview featuring Planet Dog and Team Secret.
How successful do you think the new Hellraisers Dota squad will be at TI7? Do you think they’ll make it past the group stages? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below!