The 2017 Spring Shuffle log

Posted by Andreea "divushka" Esanu at 10 January 2017 02:01

Here you have all the important updates regarding the roster changes, all packed in one place.

Here you have all the important updates regarding the roster changes, all packed in one place.

The 2017 Spring Shuffle ahead of the Kiev Major ended on January 9.  Most of the tier one teams chose stability while many of the squads that missed either the TI6 or the Boston Major looked to secure a roster that would give them better chances at the next Major.  

Natus Vincere

For the first time since Puppey and Kuroky left the organization Na’Vi has looked outside the CIS region when adding new players to their team and rebuilt an international roster lead by the former Digital Chaos coach, Per Anders Olsson "Pajkatt" Lille.

Natus Vincere roster:

Sweden Per Anders Olsson "Pajkatt" Lille
Ukraine Danil “Dendi” Ishutin
Ukraine Viktor “GeneRaL” Nigrini
Germany Roman "rmN-" Paley
Denmark Malthe ""Biver" Winther

Vega Squadron

Dropped from the Na’Vi roster in this shuffle, Ditya Ra and SoNNeikO reunited at Vega Squadron.

Vega Squadron roster:

Russia Dmitry 'Ditya Ra' Minenkov
Russia Sergey 'G' Bragin
Ukraine Andrey 'MAg-' Chipenko
Ukraine Syoma 'CeMaTheSlayeR' Krivulya
Russia Akbar 'SoNNeikO' Butaev

Team Empire

After playing for almost a year at Vega Squadron, fn found a new place to call home, at team Empire

Team Empire roster:

Russia Vladimir 'Chappie' Kuzmenko
Ukraine Rostislav 'fn' Lozovoi
Ukraine  Andrey 'Ghostik' Kadyk
Russia Yaroslav 'Miposhka' Naidenov
Russia Rinat 'KingR' Abdullin

Team Spirit

Without signing any players in the post TI6 Shuffle, Team Spirit announced back in September that the CIS organization will make a return to Dota 2 when the time feels right and the Kiev Major from April looks like the right moment.

Team Spirit roster:

Russia Stanislav 'Bzz' Glushan
Ukraine Bogdan 'Iceberg' Vasilenko
Ukraine Alexander 'DkPhobos' Kucheria
Belarus Artsiom 'fng' Barshack
Russia Ivan 'VANSKOR' Skorokhod

Vici Gaming J

VG.J has decided to change it up between their own rosters as Fy reunites with Lu "Fenrir" Chao to form one of the most formidable duos in Dota history, and Freeze, who had joined Vici Gaming previously as their analyst, is set to replace Nono as the midlaner.

VG.J Roster:

China Sun "Agressif" Zheng
China Liu "Freeze" Chang
China Bai "rOtk" Fan
China Xu "fy" Linsen
China Lu "Fenrir" Chao


EHOME completely overhauled their main roster, replacing four players. Only Zhang 'LaNm' Zhi Cheng and Ren 'eLeVeN' Yang Wei will be staying with the organization; LaNm will be taking the role of coach, while eLeVeN will be a sub for the team.

EHOME roster:

China Chen 'CTY' Tian Yu
China Wang 'oldchicken' Zhi Yong
China Hu 'Sen' Sen
China Luo 'Xi' Yin Qi
China Jiang 'JDH' Dong Hao


EG’s CEO and former captain, Peter 'PPD' Dager chose an interesting mix of carry and midlane players to mark his return to the competitive scene. Three of his teammates are known for mainly playing in the mid lane but also capable of playing carry.

WanteD roster:

United States Peter 'PPD' Dager
Canada Jio 'Jeyo' Madayag
Sweden Rasmus 'Chessie' Blomdin
South Korea Kim 'QO' Seon-yeop
Canada Bill 'Boris' Oliver

Team Onyx

Team Onyx was formed at the start of 2017 and features DeMoN reunited with TI4-Star Mason and former Evil Genius BuLba along with MVP Phoenix's beastly support player DuBu and the SEA prodigy youngster Abed.

Team Onyx roster:

United States Mason 'mason' Verne
Philippines Abed 'Abed' Yusop
United States Sam 'BuLba' Sosale
South Korea Kim 'DuBu' Doo-young
United States Jimmy 'DeMoN' Ho

MVP Phoenix

Unfortunately the 2017 Spring Shuffle marks the end of the existence for MVP Phoenix. Four of their players will be playing in different European and NA teams. However, the organization will continue to search for young talents and will try to bring more Korean players into the professional scene via MVP Aegis. At the same time, MVP signed five Kyrgyz squad NoLifer.Reborn 5 and will have them moving to South Korea to play under MVP Revolution tag.

MVP Revolution roster:

Kyrgyzstan Bektur 'Runec' Kulov 
Kyrgyzstan Duulat 'StormC4t' Subankulov
Kyrgyzstan Ilgiz 'NapaleoshQa' Dzhunushaliev 
Kyrgyzstan Evgenii 'Blizzy' Ri 
Kyrgyzstan Bakyt 'w_Zayac' Emilzhanov


Fnatic failed to secure a five man roster to register with for the Spring Major. On the 9th of Janury the team announced the departure of Rizky 'InYourDream'Anugrah due to a family emergency while Ng 'YamateH' Wei Poong ended his temporally stay with the team.

Fnatic roster:

Malaysia Chai 'Mushi' Yee Fung
Malaysia  Chong Xin 'Ohaiyo' Khoo
South Korea  Kim 'Febby' Yong-Min

Cloud 9

After over a year of absence from the Dota 2 scene, Cloud 9 makes a return by signing the five ex-Imperial Danish players.

Cloud 9 roster:

Denmark Marcus 'Ace' Hoelgaard
Denmark Jon 'BabyKnight' Andersen
Denmark Mikki 'HesteJoe-Rotten' Junget
Denmark Danny 'Noia' Junget
Denmark Christopher 'Ryze' Winther

Team Liquid

Replacing Sam 'BuLba' Sosale, after their performance in the qualifiers for the Boston Major, Team Liquid welcomed aboard  Maroun 'GH' Merhej.

Team Liquid roster:

Finland Lasse 'MATUMBAMAN' Urpalainen
Jordan Amer 'Miracle-' Al-Barkawi
Bulgaria Ivan 'MinD_ContRoL' Borislavov
Germany Kuro 'KuroKy' Salehi Takhasomi
Lebanon Maroun 'GH' Merhej

Team B)ears

The former Team Liquid member Adrian "FATA-" Trinks who took a break from the competitive scene after TI6, returned with the Spring Shuffle and formed Team B)ears.

Team B)ears roster:

Jordan Feras 'Feero' Hroob
Germany Adrian 'FATA-' Trinks
South Korea Lee 'FoREv' Sang-don
Jordan Yazied 'YapzOr' Jaradat
Malaysia Adam '343' Shah

25th January

Escape Gaming dropped their entire Dota 2 squad this shuffle but three of their members will continue to play together under the 25th January team tag. syndereN’s new team marks a very unexpected player return, Kai 'H4nn1' Hanbückers deciding to play again competitively after a break of almost two years.

25th January roster:

Sweden Adrian 'Era' Kryeziu
Germany Max 'qojqva' Bröcker
Germany Kai 'H4nn1' Hanbückers
Finland  Kalle 'Trixi' Saarinen
Denmark Troels 'syndereN' Nielsen


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