Post TI6 shuffle log: China last to assemble the rosters
Here you have all the important updates regarding the roster changes, all packed in one place.
With the post TI6 shuffle, Valve also implemented a two step rule for roster swaps for the first time. To prevent situations where players were kicked from their teams two or three days before the roster lock, a drop period was established followed by an invite one.
Everyone had until 4th of September to decide whether to stay or not with their current organization/team. Starting 5th of September, no player can leave or be released from the roster without incurring a penalty. From this date until September 18th, 12:00AM PDT, when the 2016 rosters will be locked, players can be invited to join a team. The new teams must remain untouched until after the 2016 Fall Major.
Invite period: September 5th - September 18th
Invictus Gaming (18th of September)
The new roster of Invictus Gaming features only one veteran, namely Xu 'BurNIng' Zhilei who is not for the first time trying his luck with the team. BurNIng was part of the TI5 IG roster when the squad achieved only the 9th-12th place finish in Seattle. This time around he will be surrounded by the likes of Ou 'Op' Peng who was promoted to main squad from IG Vitality and Fu 'Q' Bin, TI5 runner up with CDEC Gaming. The other two players, Lin 'Xxs' Jing and Ye 'BoBoKa' Zhibiao are Invictus Gaming members since the post Shanghai Major shuffle, both playing prior to that for IG Vitality.
Invictus Gaming roster from position 1 to 5:
LGD Forever Young (18th of September)
The TI4 Champion, Zhang 'xiao8' Ning is joined by Xie 'Super' Junhao and Yao 'Yao' Zhengzheng at LGD Forever Young, both players with heavy achievements on their resumes. Super is the runner up at the same TI4 where xiao8 took the Aegis to China while Yao finished top three with LGD at TI2 and TI5.
LGD Forever Young roster from position 1 to 5:
Vici Gaming J (18th of September)
The new VG project benefits from the experience of five Chinese players that need no introduction, the only so called rookie, compared with the others four, being Wang 'Nono' Xin who joined the pro scene at the beginning of this year with CDEC Avenger and moved to VG Reborn afterwards, in the post Shanghai Major shuffle.
Vici Gaming J roster from position 1 to 5:
Vici Gaming (17th of September)
Despite the disappointing bottom four finish at TI6, VG.R had a way better year than the main squad of the Chinese organization, resulting in their promotion to Vici Gaming.
Vici Gaming roster from position 1 to 5:
Newbee (17th of September)
With three of their TI6 players retiring or taking a break, Newbee brought in two Chinese youngsters and the much more experienced Zeng 'Faith' Hongda, who spent the last year with Tong Fu. Coming from the same team as Faith, Xu 'uuu9' Han will take the carry role for Newbee starting this fall, while the mid lane will be played by Song 'Sccc' Chun, who was promoted to the main team from Newbee.Young.
Newbee roster from position 1 to 5:
EHOME (17th of September)
Although they had an amazing run at TI6, going from the wild cards to a top six finish in Seattle this year, EHOME lost two of their stars. Daryl Koh 'iceiceice' Pei Xiang left the team to build his own, and Lu 'Fenrir' Chao, who is reported to join a new Vici Gaming squad. Replacing them are Liu 'Sylar' Jiajun, and TI5 runner up with CDEC Gaming, Liu 'Garder' Xinzhou.
EHOME roster from position 1 to 5:
LGD Gaming (15th of September)
Three days before the roster lock for the Fall Major, LGD are joined by three former CDEC Youth players - Wang 'Ame' Chunyu, Chen 'Xz' Zezhi and Chen 'Victoria' Guanhong.
LGD Gaming roster:
compLexity Gaming (18th of September)
With only a few hours left until the Fall Reshuffle comes to an end, compLexity proudly announced three new players that will join them to fight for a spot in the highest competitive Dota 2 scene.With the new coL lineup melonzz will be moving from the offlane position to that of the fifth support role, working in tandem with his brother. Filling his place in the offlane will be David 'Moo' Hull, the winner of the second place at TI6.
compLexity new roster :
MVP Phoenix (17th of September)
Weeks of uncertainty has finally given way to clarity as the final line-up of the organization's roster has finally been revealed. Deciding to return after weeks of negotiations with the organization are Sun 'QO' Kim, Dooyoung 'DuBu' Kim and Yongmin 'febby' Kim. The two players joining the returning three are former MVP.hot6ix players, namely, the team's support, Jun-Young 'Reisen' Lee, and core, Taesung 'Velo' Kim. All five of MVP.P's fall roster have registered on the Fall Major registration list.
Team Liquid (16th of September)
With only two days left until the Fall Shuffle comes to an end, Team Liquid announced their new roster surprising everyone with two strong names.
Team Liquid roster:
Alliance (16th of September)
Despite losing three Swedish members in this shuffle period, Alliance will continue to have full national line up and welcomed aboard two ex members of compLexity Gaming, namely Simon 'Handsken' Haag and Linus 'Limmp' Blomdin along with Jonas 'Jonassomfan' Lindholm, most known for his time at Ninja in Pyjamas from last year.
White Fries Gaming (16th of September)
Making some alterations after their lackluster roster debut at the Mineski Pro-Gaming League (MGPL) last week, White Fries Gaming has settled on their fall season roster, choosing to replace support player, Nicholas 'xfreedom' Lim, and mid player, 290, in favor of former Orange Taring captain, Ng 'YamateH' Wei Poong, and new Chinese player Zhang 'Big_A' Xiao An.
Evil Geniuses (15th of September)
Andreas 'Cr1t' Nielsen and Artour 'Arteezy' Babaev join the three remain players from the TI6 line up, Syed 'Suma1l' Hassan, Saahil 'Universe' Arora and Ludwig 'zai' Wåhlberg. Peter 'ppd' Dager has decided to step down from the competitive scene as well, and took to a business management position for EG.
Evil Geniuses roster:
Kaipi (13th of September)
Brian 'FLUFFNSTUFF' Lee completed the Kaipi roster as the fifth player registered under the team. He will be replacing Alperen 'mdL' Arslan in the fifth support position. Remaining loyal to Kaipi, Alaan 'SexyBamboe' Faraj and WehSing 'SingSing' Yuen will continue to fight for a place at higher tier tournaments together.
Kaipi roster from position 1 to 5:
Wings Gaming (13th of September)
Same as all the Chinese teams, Wings Gaming released all their players in the drop period and now they are the first from the region to officially confirm their line up for the fall season. Three of their players rejoined the team in the first day of roster invites period, flowed by the fourth player a day later. Li 'iceice' Peng completed the Wings roster yesterday, September 13th.
Wings Gaming roster:
Execration (13th of September)
Just two days after claiming the MPGL SEA Dota 2 Championship title, the team announced their new roster with which they will be competing in the Fall Major.
Team Empire (12th of September)
Team Empire began rebuilding a week ago. On September 5th, they tweeted that Andrey 'Ghostik' Kadyk had replaced Scandal in the offlane. And on September 12th, Team Empire added mid player Sergey Alexandrovich ‘G’ Bragin (also known as God) and readded support-turned-carry Ilya ‘ALOHADANCE’ Korobkin, who helped Team Empire secure a Top 12 finish at TI5.
NP (9th of September)
After he departed from Team Secret, immediately after TI6, EnVy stated loud and clear for several times that he’s planning to build his own team for the upcoming season. Ten days before the Fall Shuffle end, he surprisingly reunites with Aui_2000 and announces NP, a full NA stack.
Fnatic (6th of September)
Fnatic joins forces with the The International 6 TnC roster for the fall season, picking up three of TnC's former players.In addition to the disclosure of the new roster, Fnatic has also revealed a new sponsor. The team will be partnered with eGG Network, a South East Asian television channel dedicated to 24/7 eSports broadcasting launched by Astro. To mark this partnership, Fnatic's debut at the Mineski Pro Gaming League in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will be broadcasted on eGG Network. The broadcast of the event will be from the 9th to 11th of September.
Alliance (not confirmed)
TnC Pro Team (5th of September)
Following the Fall Shuffle and the breakup of the TI roster, TnC Pro Team aquire Teehee, and ryOyr and Cast, finalizing their roster for the Fall Major. Known for his diverse hero pool and the ability to shine on unorthodox mid heroes, Teehee had been a former member of TNC for nearly eight months. Furthermore, Cast and ryOyr will be joining TnC Pro Team in the support role. While Cast has always played support in competitive matches, it may be a rather odd change-up to see ryOyr, a signature offlaner, joining Cast in the same position.
TnC Pro Team roster:
Team Faceless (3rd of September)
Leaving EHOME after an impressive 5-6th position finish at The International 6, Daryl 'iceiceice' Koh hinted at his return to the South East Asian region to form a new team. On 3rd of September that roster became reality with the birth of Team Faceless.
OG (31st of August)
Three weeks before the fall shuffle was set to close, OG announced their new lineup featuring Anathan 'Ana' Pham, an Australian player who became a pub star in China during his tenure with Invictus Gaming.
Natus Vincere (28th of August)
In the full shuffle swing Na’Vi’s roster was the subject of much rumour and conjecture, due mainly to their poor results at The International 6, with a picture of Roman 'Resolut1on' Fominok visiting what looked like the Natus Vincere offices only adding fuel to the fire. All the rumors were quashed by Na’Vi who officially announced they would be making no changes to their TI6 roster.
Team Secret (27th of August)
From the teams that suffered big roster changes, Team Secret was one of the first to announce their new line-up for the upcoming Fall major. Although the invite period started on 5th of September, Team Secret officially announced their new line-up on 27th of August.
Team Secret roster:
Digital Chaos (26th of August)
Despite the runner up milestone reached at The International 6, the Digital Chaos organization has added Blitz and MoonMeander to supplant Moo, who was removed from the team. DC have also announced that Per Olsson 'Pajkatt' Lille and Chase 'Loomdun' Stearns will no longer be coaching Digital Chaos. Instead, William 'Blitz' Lee will inherit the responsibilities of coaching.
Digital Chaos roster:
Vega Squadron (21st of August)
Although the invite or pick up period only kicked off today, 5th of September, a few organizations already finalized and officially confirmed their rosters for the upcoming Fall Major. One of them is Vega Squadron, who failed to qualify for TI6 and therefore had plenty of time to decide on the new roster.
Vega Squadron roster:
Ad Finem (19th of August)
Greek team Ad Finem confirmed during the drop period that they will be maintaining their roster for the fall roster lock.
Ad Finem roster
Virtus.Pro (6th of August)
Being in the exact situation as Vega, not qualifying for TI6 and failing to impress in a couple of tournaments prior to the biggest event of the year, Virtus Pro took the drastic decision of dissolving their entire Dota2 crew, including the managerial team, and rebuilt from scratch.
VP was the first team to announce their final roster, even before the TI6 main event would even start. On 5th of August they made public the new lineup.
Drop period: August 14th - September 4th
The first player to part ways with EG were Clinton 'Fear' Loomis and Ludwig 'zai' Wåhlberg on 27th of August. Two days later, on 29th, Syed Sumail 'SumaiL' Hassan was also tracked on the Majors registration list as exiting the team. And only one day before the drop period ended EG released the last two players remaining, Saahil 'UNiVeRsE' Arora and Peter 'ppd' Dager.
Evil Geniuses roster:
After an amazing year in which they reached the top of the world wide rankings, OG had a very disappointing run at The International 6, finishing in the 9th-12th places, which triggered massive roster shuffle. OG lost three of their members, Amer 'Miracle-' Al-Barkawi, David 'MoonMeander' Tan and Andreas Franck 'Cr1t-' Nielsen.
Much like OG, Team Secret had a disappointing run at The International 6 and underwent immediate roster changes. One of the first players to leave the team during the drop period was Jacky 'EternalEnvy' Mao on 19th of August, followed by Kanishka Sam 'BuLba' Sosale and Artour 'Arteezy' Babaev.
Team Secret roster:
Although they emerged as one of the stronger teams after the International, Fnatic announced a major change of their roster on 24th of August, with Yeik 'MidOne' Nai Zheng, Adam '343' Shah and Djardel Jicko 'DJ' Mampusti leaving the team.
Digital Chaos roster:
Alliance is once again living the post TI4 experience with three of their members leaving the team. This time around EGM stuck with Loda.
compLexity didn’t make it to the main stage of TI6 and it is clear some changes were needed. On 30th of August they announced that they will be releasing Simon 'Handsken' Haag and Linus 'Limmp' Blomdin at their own request. Rasmus 'Chessie' Blomdin will be stepping down from the team due to health problems.
TnC Pro Team
After eliminating OG, the front runners to win The International 2016, and achieving a 7-8th place overall finish, TnC Pro Team lost all their players during the drop period of 2016 Fall Shuffle.
TnC Pro Team roster
31st of August came with bad news for Team Liquid fans as Jesse 'JerAx' Vainikka departed the team to join the revamped roster of OG. Later on the team dropped to three members, with Adrian 'FATA-' Trinks announcing his decision of taking a break for an indeterminate amount of time.
Team Liquid roster:
All the Chinese teams released their players.
Monday, 30th of August 2016 will remain as a point of reference day for the Chinese Dota 2 scene as all the big organizations dropped their squads. Between 06:20 and 08:30 PDT, the biggest ten teams in China “pressed the reset button” and released all the players from the rosters. Newbee, EHOME, Invictus Gaming, IG Vitality, Vici Gaming, Vici Gaming Reborn, LGD Gaming, CDEC Gaming, CDEC Youth and CDEC Avenger all disbanded their squads. A few days later, on 3rd of September, The International 6 Champions, Wings Gaming followed the trend and released the entire squad as well.
All five of The International 6's MVP.Phoenix lineup have left the team, leaving the Korean organization with no roster for the upcoming join period. The MVP.Phoenix roster which achieved a 5th-6th place finish at The International 6 has dispersed after Noah 'MP' Pyo and Sang-Don 'Forev' Lee decided to switch continents and joined the new Team Secret line-up.
MVP.P's manager confirmed to us that the departure of the other three players, Sun 'QO' Kim, Yongmin 'febby' Kim and Dooyoung 'Dubu' Kim, does not signify the end of the MVP.P line-up. The motives behind the players' decision to leave the roster was to "open every option and possibility" and to give the players "more time", ensuring the player choose the path they are happiest with. It was also said that the trio wants to stay with the team.
MVP Phoenix roster:
Unfortunately for the CIS fans, Team Empire was one of the many teamsth from the region that failed to qualify for The International 6. During the drop period they lost three of their members. The first player officially released from the roster was Roman 'Scandal' Sadotenkov, a month before TI6 even started. In the post TI6 shuffle Empire lost two more players, Vasily 'Afterlife' Shishkin and Roman 'RAMZES666' Kushnarev.
Team Empire roster: