Weekly Dota Recap: StarLadder Season 3 & DreamLeague Season 8 Announced, More Shuffle News

With the unveiling of the format and schedule for StarLadder Season 3 (October 12-15) and DreamLeague Season 8 (December 01-04), the 2017-18 competitive Dota 2 season is finally in full swing and teams, including the perennial Southeast Asian powerhouse Fnatic, have responded accordingly by announcing their final rosters.

StarLadder Season 3 Becomes First-Ever Dota 2 Minor

Tournament organisers StarLadder and ImbaTV officially announced Season 3 of the StarLadder i-League Invitational Tournament last week.

StarLadder Season 3 is set to take place in Kiev from October 12 to 15 and will be the first Minor under the new system. The tournament will feature eight teams in the LAN finals fighting for a total prize pool of $300,000. In compliance with the new guidelines, the tournament will also hold online qualifiers for each of the six main competitive regions.

StarLadder has yet to reveal details regarding the two direct invites.

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DreamLeague Season 8 Is Officially a Major

A few days before the announcement of StarLadder Season 3, DreamHack officially unveiled the 2nd major for the 2017-18 season. Although the initial reaction from fans was more of confusion rather than excitement. In particular, many questioned the organiser’s decision to combine the qualifiers for NA and SA, as well as Europe and CIS.

Because of the initial backlash, DreamHack had to make changes to the qualifier’s format. As a result, the tournament will now fully comply with the major guidelines, holding online qualifiers for each of the six competitive regions. However, weirdly enough, the organisers stuck with their decision to lump together the EU & CIS regional qualifiers.

The DreamLeague Season 8 LAN finals will see a total of eight teams compete for a total prize pool of $1,000,000.

The qualifiers are set to begin in September, with the LAN finals scheduled to take place from December 1 to December 4 at DreamHack Winter in Jönköping.

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Fnatic Retool for the Upcoming Season

StarLadder Season 3

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Following their disappointing 17-18th place finish at TI7, Fnatic decided to drop most of their roster and rebuild around the two members who were part of their 4th-place finish at TI6, Djardel Jicko B. ‘DJ‘ Mampusti and Chong Xin ‘Ohaiyo‘ Khoo.

Unlike in previous years, however, Fnatic no longer limited their search to Southeast Asian talent. Instead, the team cast a wider net and hauled in players from halfway across the globe, bringing in the likes of  Jacky ‘EternaLEnVy’ Mao, Johan ‘pieliedie’ Åström and Steve ‘Excalibur’ Ye.

Will the new Fnatic roster mesh well and pan out? We can’t really say for sure. But, what we do know is that we won’t have to wait long to find out; the regional qualifiers for the StarLadder Season 3 and the unnamed PGL Minor are likely just a few weeks away.

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Clutch Gamers Bring in Veteran Captain Jeyo

Many saw the Clutch Gamers as the next big thing to come from SEA after the young upstarts took games from the likes of TNC Pro Team and Team Faceless to secure spots at various LAN tournaments in April and May of 2017. However, whether it was the pressure getting the most of them or just the result of patch 7.06 throwing a monkey wrench to their overall strategy, Clutch Gamers hit a bit of a dry spell and failed to win a single game in all of the LAN tournaments they had qualified for.

Seeing that a change was necessary, the Malaysia-based Dota 2 team dropped more than half of its roster, retaining only the services of Armel Paul ‘Armel’ Tabios and Marvin ‘boombacs’ Rushton.

The new lineup now includes the likes of 18-year-old pub star Mac ‘Mac’ Tan, as well as seasoned veterans, Jun ‘Bokerino’ Kanehara and Jio ‘Jeyo’ Madayag, with the latter serving as their new captain.

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w33 Stack Confirmed

Following Planet Odd’s failure to qualify for TI7 and subsequent disband, there were plenty of speculations where members of the team that placed 2nd at TI6 would end up going. And, apparently, Aliwi ‘w33’ omar and Martin ‘Saksa’ Sazdov have decided to team up in a currently unnamed stack, as confirmed by w33 on Twitter.

The team consists of Maurice ‘KheZu’ Gutmann, former Team Secret player who was the first player to be dropped post TI7; Mihai ‘canceL^^’ Antonio, a former pub star who most notably played for Kaipi and compLexity Gaming; Enzo ‘Timado’ Gianoli, the 16-year-old “prodigy” who last played for Infamous at TI7.

While filled with talented and notable names, how the lineup will actually mesh together is a big question mark. In particular, Saksa, who has since confirmed that he will captain the team, hasn’t exactly had much success nor experience leading a team. Meanwhile, w33 moving to position 4 after making a name for himself as a prolific mid player could prove disastrous.

Still, for all the unknowns and uncertainties, this is a very scary team if it ever gets a chance to build some much-needed chemistry.

SG e-sports Disbands

After the SG e-sports’ former captain Emilano ‘c4t’ Ito left earlier this August, the Brazilian organisation have decided to let go of the four remaining players on their roster.

Fans will forever remember SG e-sports for their performance at the Kiev Major. There, they took down the heavily favoured Team Secret before giving Evil Geniuses a run for their money in the quarter finals of the tournament. Although they only managed to finish in 5th-8th place, SG e-sports will go down in history as the authors of one of the biggest upsets in professional Dota 2. 

None of the members have yet to officially announce their new teams.

Other Noteworthy News:

  • William ‘Blitz’ Lee will return to casting for the 2017-18 season with former casting partner Austin ‘Capitalist’ Walsh.
  • Adam Erwann ‘343’ Shah finds a new home in Malaysian organisation Fire Dragoon. 
  • Popular streamer Brian ‘BananaSlamJamma’ Canavan teams up with Andrew ‘Jenkins’ Jenkins to form Team Leviathan
  • Cloud9 drops Dota 2 roster.
  • G2 Dota 2 team may be coming soon.

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