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Post-TI4 transfer mill - Qojqva and Bulba leave Team Liquid

Posted by Andreas "drouks" St 8 weeks, 3 days ago

 

 

To keep track of player changes, also check this list of recent player transfers.

Every year, the conclusion of The International is also the beginning of several roster changes for both Eastern and Western squads. There are several sources of information regarding the upcoming changes of 2014, but it is difficult to confirm any of them without an official source. In this article, you will find the most important confirmed changes, along with any interesting rumor we come across.

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Confirmed changes

China CIS.Game

29/07/2014
Dominick 'Black^' Reitmeier announced that he will be leaving Chinese team CIS on good terms, with the hopes that he may find a new team either in Europe or China. Source

26/08/2014 
With InFlame leaving for LGD Gaming and June joining iG, the team stands without players.
 

China HyperGloryTeam

Minor changes are coming for HGT, with Xun Tao 'XTT' Hu being replaced by Peng 'Icy' Wang. XTT will be moving to the Chinese squad New Element. 

China Jian 'ZSMJ' Gong
China Hu 'KAKA' Liangzhi
China Xiu 'prettyhaw' Xiu
China Wang 'Icy' Peng
China Guo 'Cys' Sida
 

China Invictus Gaming

25/07/2014
Jiang Cen "YYF" announced his retirement
from Dota 2. In his post he thanked his former teammates and his fans for supporting him. YYF is a veteran in the Chinese DotA scene by first joining LGD and then recruited by iG. YYF showcased his exceptional skill in the offlane during the TI2, where he and his teammates claimed the Aegis. YYF hinted that he will not leave DotA2 entirely but instead focus on another objective. Source

26/08/2014
Lin 'June' Shi Yang and Lin 'CHisbug' Chen are the new members of Invictus Gaming, replacing YYF and Faith respectively. June used to be a member of CIS-Game up until recently, and CHisbug is a Chinese support veteran returning to professional DotA. Source

China Luo 'Luo / Xi' Yinqi
China Luo 'Ferrari_430' Feichi
China Lin 'June' Shi Yang
Malaysia Wong Hock 'ChuaN' Chuan
China Li 'CHisbug' Chen
 

China LGD

06/08/2014
Xie 'DD' Bin announced his official retirement from competitive DotA2. LGD is now left with four members, and they will need at least one new player to compete in upcoming tournaments. Source 

26/08/2014
Wang 'Rabbit' Zhang is no longer a member of LGD as he has officially joined NewBee. The TI4 champions apparently paid 800,000 CNY (~$140,000) for Rabbit. Source

Furthermore, Faith, MMY, Inflame and Sylar were announced as the completing members of the team, making up a total remake of the team, leaving only Yao remaining from the former roster. Source

China Yao 'Yao' Zheng Zheng
China Zeng 'Faith' Hong Da
China Lei 'Dai / MMY' Zheng Rong
China Liu 'Sylar' Jia Jun
China He 'Inflame' Yong Zheng


China NewBee

29/07/2014
Zhang 'xiao8' Ning, NewBee's captain announced on weibo that he is retiring temporarily from the scene. It is presently unknown whether he'll return to the scene as a player or assume another role. Source  

26/08/2014
Wang 'Rabbit' Zhang is no longer a member of LGD as he has officially joined NewBee. The TI4 champions apparently paid 800,000 CNY (~$140,000) for Rabbit. Source

China Chen 'Hao' Zhi Hao
China Wang 'Rabbit' Zhang
China Pan 'Mu' Zhang
China Jiao 'banana' Wang
China Zhao Hui 'SanSheng' Wang

 

China Team DK

23/07/2014
Zhi Cheng Zhang 'LaNm' has officially retired
from competitive DotA2. He stated that The International 4 was his final competition. LaNm is an old-timer of Chinese professional DotA, starting his career back in 2010. He took part in four Internationals, with EHOME's second place back in 2011 being the best placement he has achieved in the competition. Source

Yee Fung Chai 'MuShi' announced today that he will not follow LaNm's example, as he will not retire from competitive DotA2 this year. He may however change roles, and become a coach for example. Source 

17/08/2014
Xu 'BurNIng' Zhi Lei has announced his official retirement from competitive DotA2. With both BurNIng and LaNm gone, DK is now down to three members. Source 

26/08/2014
When ACE announced the official post TI4 rosters, Team DK's squad was scattered to other teams without players replacing them for the time being. The team is reported to rebuild with new players coached by BurNing. Source

 

China Vici Gaming

31/07/2014
Lin Sen Xu, also known as fy, is set to stay with Vici Gaming. The team announced via twitter that their support player would not leave the team. Source 

17/08/2014
Bai 'rOtk' Fan announced that he will be retiring from competitive DotA2 this season. rOtk has been the captain of ViCi Gaming since his acquisition from DK back in 2013. Source

26/08/2014
The Sylar leaving to LGD rumour was confirmed along with the team welcoming new members Iceiceice and Black^. Source

China Lu 'Fenrir' Chau
China Xie 'Super!' Junhao
China Xu 'fy' Linsen
Singapore Daryl 'iceiceice' Koh Pei Xiang
Germany Dominik 'BlacK^' Reitmeier

 


 

International Cloud9

13/08/2014
Cloud9's owner Jack Etienne announced the departure of Wehsing 'SingSing' Yuen from the team. With SingSing being officially released from C9, this means that Team Tinker may be a permanent squad. Thus, we expect announcements from Liquid and Mousesports soon. Source

18/08/2014 
Cloud9 adds, former Mousesports player, Adrian 'FATA' Trinks to their roster to replace WehSing 'SingSing' Yuen as the team's mid lane player. Source

Sweden Johan 'pieliedie' Åström
Romania Armand 'bOne7' Pittner
Canada Jacky 'EternalEnvy' Mao
Canada Kurtis 'Aui_2000' Ling
Germany Adrian 'FATA-' Trinks
 

United States Evil Geniuses

29/07/2014
Mason 'Mason' Venne has confirmed his departure from Evil Geniuses. In his post at NaDota forums, he claimed that he was kicked from the team, and has no plans to join another squad in the near future. Source

23/08/2014
Clinton 'Fear' Loomis has returned to his former squad EG. Loomis was sidelined early 2014 when he was diagnosed with an arm injury that prevented his participation in the team's official training and matches. Since then he has taken the role of the team's coach. It is unknown whether he is going to reclaim his hard-carry role or switch roles with one of his teammates. Source

United States Sahiil 'Universe' Arora
United States Peter 'PPD' Dager
United States Clinton 'Fear' Loomis
Canada Artour 'Arteezy' Babaev
Sweden Ludwig 'Zai' Wåhlberg


Europe Fnatic

20/08/2014
Adrian 'Era' Kryeziu is no longer a member of Fnatic. He is now teamless and will now seek a new squad to continue his career. The Fnatic organization has yet to announce Era's replacement. Source

27/08/2014
Johan 'BigDaddy' Sundstein and Tal 'Fly' Aizik leaves Fnatic. They are part of a new team called Team Secret. Fnatic has yet to introduce a new roster. Source

 

Denmark MeetYourMakers

27/07/2014
Jonathan 'Unicornxoxo' Arge tweeted that he is no longer a member of MYM. The squad is now left with four Danish players. No extra information is available about the future of the squad or the players. Source

Moments after Unicornxoxo announced his departure, Andreas 'Cr1t' Franck Nielsen has tweeted that he has officially parted ways with MYM. However, the future of the squad is still unknown as of now. Source

29/07/2014
Jon 'BabyKnight' Andersen has been announced as MYM's newest member. The two remaining spots in the team have yet to be finalized on. Source

 

Russia Moscow 5

02/08/2014
In a mini interview with dota2.ru, the M5 representative Maxim 'nirvana_sf' Zalilov confirmed the return of the Russian club in DotA2 after almost two years of absence. Zalilov stated that the team is looking for a stable and solid roster The official announcement of the new roster will come later in August. Source

08/08/2014
It seems that the official M5 squad has been announced. It includes five famous players of the Russian scene:

29/08/2014
Ars-Art has announced his retirement and is replaced by none other than PGG. Source


Russia Maxim 'TpoH' Vernikov
Russia Vladislav 'Blowyourbrain' 'Morozyuk
Russia Ivan 'Vigoss' Shinkarev
Russia Vladimir 'PGG' Anosov
Russia Igor 'Nexus' Lisakovsky
Source
 

 

Europe Mousesports

24/07/2014
Arif 'MSS' Anwar
announced on his twitter account that he will take a break from competitive DotA for around a year due to his school commitments. His absence leaves Mousesports with four players. Source 

18/08/2014 
Cloud9 adds, former Mousesports player, Adrian 'FATA' Trinks to their roster to replace WehSing 'SingSing' Yuen as the team's mid lane player.


Ukraine Natus Vincere

18/08/2014
Kuro 'KuroKy' Salehi Takhasomi is no longer a member of Natus Vincere EU
. So far the organization has not announced his replacement, so the roster now requires one more member to be complete. Source

Clement 'Puppey' Ivanov leaves Natus Vincere. As speculated, long-term captain Puppey has left the Na'Vi organization and is set to build a new team, most likely with his friend Kuroky. Source

25/08/2014
Vanskor and fng join Na'Vi. What has been a strong rumor for the past weeks has finally been confirmed officially. Natus Vincere will pick up former Empire and Power Rangers players Vanskor and fng. Source

Ukraine Danil 'Dendi' Ishutin
Ukraine Alexander 'Xboct' Dashkevich
Ukraine Gleb 'Funn1k' Lipatnikov
Russia Ivan 'Vanskor' Skorokhod
Belarus Artem 'fng' Barshak (C)

 

United States Natus Vincere US

29/07/2014
 
Braxton 'Brax' Paulson just confirmed that the roster of Na'Vi.US will not change.  The five players will stay together and enter more tournaments in 2014. Source
 


Russia Team Empire

24/08/2014
Ivan 'VANSKOR' Skorokhod has left Team Empire, leaving the team only with one support player. However, Airat 'Silent' Gaziev has served as a support for the team before, so it will not be surprising if a carry player is introduced to the Russian squad. Source 

26/08/2014
Alexei 'Solo' Berezin is the newest member of Team Empire, replacing Ivan 'VANSKOR' Skorokhod. Solo used to be a solo-mid player in RoX.KIS but he may switch to support for his new team. Source

Ukraine Roman 'Resolut1on' Fominok
Ukraine Andrew 'Mag' Chipenko
Russia Ayrat 'Silent' Gaziev
Ukraine Andrey 'ALWAYSWANNAFLY' Bondarenko
Russia Aleksei 'Solo' Berezin

 

Europe Team Tinker 

11/08/2014
A new squad called Team Tinker just registered in the upcoming i-league. The roster includes members of Cloud9, Mousesports, Liquid and Fnatic. 

25/08/2014
The team formed for the I-League qualifier and since then Xcalibur has not been seen with the team.

Netherlands Wehsing 'SingSing' Yuen
Sweden Per Olsson 'Pajkatt' Lille
United States Sam 'BuLba' Sosale
Germany Max 'qojqva' Broecker
Source 


France Terra Firma eSports / Denial eSports

23/07/2014
In the video interview with GosuGamers during TI4, Sébastien '7ckngMad' Debs announced that he will be forming a new all-French squad with his former teammate Titouan 'Sockshka' Merloz. The three other members of the team will be Jong-Bin 'crio_j' Choi, Sullivan 'Joraal' Jacquemet and Arben. The five players have been training together for some time and they will probably join their first tournaments under the new banner this year. Source 

12/08/2014
The squad is now official, and it will be named Terra Firma eSports. It includes the five players mentioned above, playing under the firm formed by 7ckngMad and two former members of Quantic Gaming organization. Source

The team didn't last for long under that name, since they were shortly after picked up by Denial eSports.

France Sebastien '7ckngMad' Debs (C)
France Titouan 'Sockshka' Merloz
France Sullivan 'Joraal' Jacquemet
France Choi 'Crio_J' Jong-Bin
France Arben 'Arbenlol' Forest-Sisalem
 

United States Team Liquid

29/07/2014
Jimmy 'DeMoN' Ho is no longer a member of Team Liquid. His contract expires at the end of July, and will most likely not be renewed. Source

04/08/2014
Peter 'wayto' Nguyen parts ways with Team Liquid, leaving the roster with only three players left. Source

29/08/2014
Sam 'Bulba' Sosale and Max 'Qojqva' Bröcker depart from Team Liquid. The organization has stated that they will remain without a team for now.  Source
 

Russia Virtus.Pro

07/08/2014
Sergey 'ARS-ART/Smile' Revin and Ilya 'IllidanSTR' Pevcaev are no longer members of Virtus.Pro. The organization has yet to announce any new player acquisitions. Source
 

Ukraine NVMI

07/08/2014

Alexander 'DkPhobos' KucheriaArtur 'Goblak' Kostenko and Ilya 'IllidanSTR' Pavcaev form a new team called NVMI. Source
 

Malaysia Arrow Gaming

08/08/2014
Johnny 'JoHnNy' Lee has been shown the door from Arrow Gaming after the mediocre performance in TI4. The team will be playing with a stand-in member until they find a decent replacement. Source 

20/08/2014
Johnny was eventually replaced by Malaysian player MtR.


Philippines Mineski

25/07/2014
Mineski has confirmed that Ryan 'Jay' Qui will be sitting out as the team's captain and the organization will be playing under a new leadership. Jay's removal means the arrival of fresh faces onto the team and it's heavily contemplated that they are looking forward to recruit Santino and Jacko. It's also said that Jay has accussed NMA for talking to the management behind his back and picking up players. Source

13/08/2014
Mineski just announced more changes in their roster. Richard 'Paseo' Minowa has stepped down as the team's captain and he will now take the role of the coach/substitute, and Jessie Cristy 'JessieVash' Cuyco will now be the head of the team. The team will need at least one more new player to complete their roster for the new season. Source
 

Singapore Scythe

09/08/2014
According to Titan's manager Tiffani Oling Lim, Scythe has disbanded and part of the squad will merge with First Departure. Source 
 

Korea Zephyr

Ben 'Merlini' Wu just announced his comeback to competitive Dota 2 as he will stand-in for Zephyr during KDL Season 3. He will replace Purge. Source 
 


 

Unconfirmed changes


Sweden Alliance

A common rumour is that the team might see some slight roster changes, most people have been picking up on the fact that EGM has been seen playing with Team Tinker, without his Alliance-tag. Akke confirmed on Twitter that the team will be using two-standins at the start of StarLadder.
 

Russia Relax

A reliable source has informed GosuGamers, that Ivan 'ArtStyle' will team up with Andrey 'Dread' Golubev and join Relax along with three players, namely, Vitaliy 'Dubas' Luhtan, Maxim 'Shachlo' Abramovskikh and Maxim 'Yoky' Kim.
 

Russia Virtus Pro

Sources surrounding the team have informed GosuGamers of a possible new lineup for VP.  The new roster would include Stanislav 'BzzIsPerfect' Glushan, Sergey 'God' Bragin, Vadim 'Sedoy' Musorin, Egor 'JotM' Surkov, and Valdimir 'Yol' Basov. As of now this information has not been confirmed by any Virtus.pro officials. 


Europe Fnatic

Rumors on the new Fnatic lineup have risen and people close to the team have tweeted about the potential lineup. While an official announcement is still due, it is likely that this will be the new lineup. Kai 'H4nn1' Hanbueckers, Kalle 'Trixi' Saarinen, Pascal 'Pas' Lohmeier, Matumbamam and Buugi
 

United States Complexity Gaming

Multigaming organization Complexity Gaming has released a teaser called "#ProjectRed" and it contains a Dota 2 Logo. It seems as if the North-American organization will make a return to the Dota 2 scene after a 2 year break. Possible pickups include the team SNA around former player Fluffnstuff, ixmike and TC, StayGreen and Team Tinker. The announcement is scheduled to come on Wednesday, 27th August. 
 

Europe The Secret Team

One of the teams participating in StarLadder is labelled as Secret Team and there is also a so called Secret Team being invited straight to World Esports Championship. The team is heavily rumored to consist of players Puppey, KuroKy, s4, n0tail and Fly.

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