Between the formation of new teams and players jumping to other organisations, the post-TI7 reshuffle was, as it’s always been, a major scramble. And, barely a month since the conclusion of The International 7, we’re already seeing the effect of the recent shuffle on the competitive landscape, thanks in part to the introduction of the Dota pro circuit.
With that said, we break down the teams who came out of the post-TI7 reshuffle as winners and those who could use a second shuffle or two.
Team Liquid and Newbee
Team Liquid and Newbee know just how special their current rosters are, which is why it’s hardly a surprise that they chose to run it back together this season.
Both team’s lineups boast a collection of talent that most teams could only dream of having; Amer ‘Miracle-‘ Al-Barqawi and Song ‘Sccc’ Chun are two of the most talented mid players in the world, while their captains, Kuro ‘KuroKy’ Salehi Takhasomi and Zeng ‘Faith’ Hongda, are two of the few players to have won a TI and been to multiple TI Grand Finals.
Of course, it’s not like the rest of the players making up their rosters are far behind. In fact, each one can make a case for being one of the top players in their respective positions.
While both teams have yet to play any officials, only a fool would bet on them not being just as good if not better than what they showed at TI7.
Speaking of teams who chose to stick together, Virtus.Pro’s decision to run it back with the same squad that achieved a Top 6 finish in their first TI together has done them good so far.
While Virtus.Pro looked sloppy in the PGL CIS Qualifiers, they have since recovered and have ripped through all the qualifier tournaments they have attended.
Team Secret kicked the post-TI7 reshuffle off by saying goodbye to Maurice ‘KheZu’ Gutmann and Pyo ‘MP’ No-a before announcing the addition of announcing the addition of Adrian ‘Fata’ Trinks and Marcus ‘Ace’ Hoelgaard a few weeks later.
A former mid player, Fata’s playmaking skills and repertoire of heroes have transitioned well into the offlane. Meanwhile, Ace, who has spent years playing for fringe qualifier teams, has been quite the revelation.
Ace‘s versatility as a carry player has given Puppey another tool to use to help outdraft and outwit their opponents. At the same time, he’s played well enough on every hero picked for him that he’s helped relieve some of the pressure off of MidOne.
Team Secret’s latest lineup may not exactly be the most star-studded iteration — that honor arguably belongs to the TI5 lineup — but if they can continue their success, they certainly have a chance to become the most successful roster in the organisation’s brief history.
Built after Chai ‘Mushi’ Yee Fung and Daryl Koh ‘iceiceice’ Pei Xiang failed to qualify for The International 7, Mineski’s latest lineup is looking like the runaway victors of the Southeast Asian region this season.
In fact, you can literally count on your hand the number of games Mineski have lost so far — 3 actually, all to Fnatic.
With three qualifiers already secured and a chance for a fourth one, the only thing that remains now is for Mineski to prove that they’re just as good in a LAN setting.
You know a stack is successful when they get picked up by an org barely a month after forming. That’s exactly what happened with Peter ‘ppd’ Dager and his stack of players, winners of the King’s Cup America online tournament.
It’s not like they didn’t deserve to be picked up by one of the largest organisations in Esports either.
Since their inception, The Dire have positioned themselves as strong contenders in a region where Evil Geniuses supposedly reigned supreme.
With a lineup laden with talent, expect OpTic Gaming to disrupt the status quo in North America and contend for many more LAN tournaments.
Tnc Pro Team
TNC Pro Team are no strangers to drop-offs in performance after TI. The same thing happened last year after they upset OG en route to a Top 8 finish in TI6. However, they had lost over half of their roster back then, which means they basically had a free pass for their lackluster performance post TI6.
This year, they only lost their coach, Murielle ‘Kips’ Huisman, who has since signed up to join CIS’ Vega Squadron. And yet, they have looked far from the powerhouse team that dominated Southeast Asia post-Kiev.
TNC Pro Team chose to stand pat amidst the chaos of the post-TI7 reshuffle. In hindsight, it might not have been the best idea.
As it is, TNC Pro Team are looking less like a contender and more like a team in the bottom half of the hierarchy in Southeast Asia.
w33 Stack / MidOrFeed
The stack led by TI6 runner-up Aliwi ‘w33’ Omar is a good example that pooling together talented players don’t always work out.
While it’s still too early to say that their venture has totally bombed out, w33 and his teammates have a lot of work to do if they are to salvage their horrible start to the season. A herculean task considering they’re playing in Europe, where Team Secret currently stand head-and-shoulders above the rest of the competition.
A string of failed qualifier attempts have already led to Martin ‘Saksa’ Sazdov, the team’s captain, take a break from Dota 2 this season. One more failed qualifier attempt and we could be looking at a complete disband.
The past five or six months have got to be the worst period for OG since their formation post-TI5. Of course, that’s only when you compare their performance in recent months to how good they’ve been for most of the past two years.
But, hey, that’s what happens when you set a precedent by winning a record 4 Major titles, with a couple of strong finishes in LAN tournaments in between.
It’s clear that OG are in a slump and the post-TI7 reshuffle addition of Roman ‘Resolut1on’ Fominok hasn’t yielded the expected results just yet. However, until OG returns to form and actually starts winning qualifiers, you can paint me a non-believer, as much as it hurts to say so.
Just how far the mighty has fallen.
The TI3 champions Alliance have yet to find a roster, which could only mean that either no one good enough is left worth picking up or no one that’s worth picking up wants to play for them. Something tells me it’s more of the latter.
As it stands, Jonathan ‘Loda’ Berg is currently the only active player on the roster.
Who Won The Post-TI7 Reshuffle?
Natus Vincere initially made a case to make our list of winners but since the resurgence of Virtus.Pro, they have taken a backseat, as did everyone else in the region. SG e-sports too look like they made the most out of the recent shuffle. If they actually manage to make a good run once the actual LAN tournaments start, they’ll definitely make a believer out of me.
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