The members of the TI6 MVP roster are getting back together for the upcoming season under the name Team Phoenix as confirmed by the team’s uber-aggressive carry player Kim ‘QO’ Seon-yeop on Twitter.
The Korean Overlords Are Back
The MVP.Phoenix of The International 6 captivated Dota 2 audiences from around the world with their uber aggressive style of play that many have since affectionally referred to as “Caveman Dota”.
With a preference for running at their opponent’s heroes than taking objectives, the TI6 MVP squad was the first to foil OG’s attempt at making a deep run at TI6 before TNC Pro Team delivered the final nail in the proverbial coffin.
At the end of it all, MVP.Phoenix went home with a respectable top 6 finish. More importantly, they had a chance to run it back together for the next season. But, as it turns out, the team had other plans in mind.
Qo mp forev febby dubu 샤봉디제도
— QO (@QOdota) September 1, 2017
Referencing the popular anime series One Piece’s “Return to Sabaody” Arc, the TI6 MVP squad are back together after spending nearly a year “training” with other teams from all over the world.
QO spent the post TI6 season playing for WanteD, isGG and eventually reunited with Kim ‘Febby’ Yong-min in Fnatic; Pyo ‘MP’ No-a was with Team Secret the entire time; Lee ‘Forev’ Sang-don had stints with Team Secret, MVP.Phoenix and B)ears before reuniting with Kim ‘DuBu’ Doo-young with Digital Chaos.
All five members eventually reunited after each of their respective teams made it to The International 7.
What’s Next for the TI6 MVP Squad?
Initially, there were rumors that the ROX Tigers of League of Legends would pick up the TI6 MVP squad. However, that seems highly unlikely now that QO confirmed has that the team will be based in NA.
There are a couple of known organisations in North America looking to pick up a Dota 2 squad as of the moment. Immortals, for example, recently made their plans known via an online video announcement.
In any case, the competition in NA should only get much more interesting with the entry of the TI6 MVP squad. While Evil Geniuses remain the top dog, especially with the return of Clinton ‘Fear’ Loomis, there’s no clear cut number 2 team just yet now that members of Team NP have gone their separate ways.
How well do you think Team Phoenix will fare against the competition in North America? Do you think that Caveman Dota will work just as well today as it did before? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.