Post TI7 shuffle log: The confirmed roster changes, all packed in one place
With the conclusion of The International 2017, a new season awaits but not before the usual shuffle period.
While Valve hasn’t announced yet the new season shuffle rules, drop and pick–up period dates, the new points system for Minors and Majors, the teams have already started to make their first shuffle.
Team Empire welcomes back Vanskor (September 12)
Former member of Team Empire back in the TI4 days, Ivan 'VANSKOR' Skorohod returns home after over three years of playing with various CIS and European teams.
Team Empire roster:
Team Tuho bolster their squad with the addition of DeMoN (September 11)
In early August, amongst The International 2017 hype, we saw a new team take form – Team Tuho. The team featured some familiar faces in that of Max ‘qojqva’ Bröcker and Ylli ‘Garter’ Ramadani and a few new, up and coming players. Just over a month later and the team has a new addition after losing one of their support players.
Team Tuho roster:
Effect bring on Mag and welcome back Sedoy (September 8th)
After parting ways with two players in July, prior to the post TI7 shuffle, the team tested several candidates before finalizing their roster. Despite a slightly tense parting of ways with Vadim "Sedoy" Musorin earlier in the year, the organization welcomed him back into the mix and added CIS veteran player Andrey "Mag" Chipenko to round out the new lineup.
HellRaisers welcome SexyBamboe to their ranks (September 6th)
Despite announcing no roster changes at first, HellRaisers lost their carry player, Uroš 'Swiftending' Galić at the beginning of this week. With no comment on Swiftending’s departure from the team, HellRaisers announced Alaan 'SexyBamboe' Faraj joining their ranks assuming the offlane role, while Neta '33' Shapira will be moving to the carry position.
HellRaisers roster from position 1 to 5:
compLexity Gaming welcomes back Chessie and Limmp (September 6th)
Reuniting one of their most success Dota 2 rosters - formed from November 2015-August 2016 and reminiscent of their HON StayGreen roster from 2013-14, CoL has welcomed back the Swedish brothers.
compLexity Gaming roster
Invictus Gaming bid farewell to BurNIng (September 6th)
The B-God, Xu 'BurNIng' Zhilei decided to take a break for the start of the new season and will step down from Invictus Gaming to spend time with his family.
Invictus Gaming’s roster:
Invictus Gaming Vitality loses their captain InJuly as well (September 6th)
IG Vitality’s roster:
Vici Gaming sign isGG, renaming it VG J.Storm (September 6th)
After a rather disappointing year for both of the Vici Gaming rosters, the Chinese organization has made the decision to expand outside its borders with the signing of isGG, an up and coming North American team. The team features a mix between known names of the North American scene such as Eric '747' Dong and Stanley 'StanKing' Yang, rising talent in the shape of Francis 'FLee' Lee as well as a throwback to Team Dignitas days with the signing of Jingjun 'Sneyking' Wu. While it may not be the best North American team out there, but the reformed lineup will focus their energies in taking the region by storm!
Team VG J Storm Storm:
Infamous welcome back Kotarō and Stinger (September 6th)
Returned home from Seattle, the TI7 roster of Infamous dissipated and the organization was once again left only with Christian 'Accel' Cruz who never left the team since its inception, back in 2015. Joining him now, are two of his former teammates, Alonso 'Kotarō' León and Steven 'StingeR' Vargas with whom, Accel qualified at the first ever Valve-Major, Frankfurt 2015. The trio is joined by Leonardo 'LeoStyle-' Sifuentes, most known for his tenure at Not Today and by the TI7 team coach, Mariano 'Papita' Caneda.
Infamous’ roster from position 1 to 5:
New Team Revealed (September 5th)
After a while on the sidelines, handling duties as the Evil Genius CEO and an analyst, PPD is back to the professional scene with Pajkatt, CCnC, Misery and most interestingly, Zai in an offlane role. The official announcement came through a tweet from Zai:
PPD's new team roster:
Team Secret's new roster revealed (September 5th)
Team Secret took just over two weeks since releasing 2 players from their TI line up, to announcing their new squad which would be going forward into the ESL Hamburg 2017 and DreamLeague Season 8 Major's qualification. Their new carry role would be picked up by Marcus 'Ace' Hoelgaard, an ex-Danish Bears/Cloud 9 players. While their offlane position is filled by the ex-Team Liquid and Cloud 9 man, Adrian 'Fata' Trinks.
Team Secret's Roster
New Team Revealed (September 5th)
syndereN announced his new, currently nameless, stack last night. After failing to qualify for TI7 with Crescendo, poor results with NiP and Escape Gaming's disband, the Dane looks to bring together some really familiar faces - along with a barely known 8.5k MMR midlaner - to challenge the new season of Dota2.
Na'Vi finalize their roster (September 4th)
At the end of July Na'Vi released their two European players Per Anders Olsson “Pajkatt” Lille and Malthe “Biver” Winther and began to search for new replacements. In just over a month, the team finalized the roster bringing back the organzation to full CIS lineup. The players will all gather in the Ukraine this week for the upcoming Minor/Major qualifiers.
Vici Gaming sign Paparatzi (September 4th)
The two legends Chen 'Hao' Zhihao and Wong 'ChuaN' Hock Chuan were dropped from the main squad, along with Xu 'Hym' Zhi who was announced yesterday to have joined EHOME already. VG’s offlaner Zhou 'Yang' Haiyang was also transferred, but to the VG J squad, which leaves the main team only with the young Zeng 'Ori' Jiaoyang.
Vici Gaming’s roster (from position 1 to 5):
VG J sign Sylar, rOtk to coach role (September 4th)
Same with the main squad, VG J kept only one player from the old roster, namely their captain and drafter, and Chinese veteran Bai 'rOtK' Fan. However, rOtK will be stepping down from an active role to coach the new VG J team. The only veteran who will be actively playing and in fact carrying the team through the new season is none other than Liu 'Sylar' Jiajun.
VG J’s roster (from position 1 to 5):
LGD.Gaming completes their roster with Fy (September 4th)
With Ren 'eLeVeN' Yangwei's loan contract coming to an end, LGD had to bid farewell to their offlaner. Soon after, the team completes their roster for the new season with Xu 'Fy' Linsen. This will be a new challenge for Fy as he takes on a completely new role.
EHOME finalize their roster (September 2nd)
On and off from the EHOME roster for a few times since September 2016, when he first joined the team, Liu 'Garder' Xinzhou was let go once more by the organization. Replacing him this time around is the former Vici Gaming support player Xu 'Hym' Zhi.
OG sign Resolut1on (September 1st)
Improving to somewhat their TI6 performance but far from meeting their fans expectations, for a top 3 placement at TI7, OG let go of their mid laner Anathan 'Ana' Pham five days after the event was over, on the 17th of August. Two weeks later the team is ready to announce their full roster for the upcoming season, with Roman 'Resolut1on' Fomynok joining their ranks.
OG’s final roster:
Fear ends his retirement to captain Evil Geniuses (September 1st)
Clinton 'Fear' Loomis has played for Evil Geniuses almost his entire career. He joined the boys in blue in 2011 and after he was forced to an extensive break due to a wrist injury in 2014, he returned and won TI5 from the carry position. Determined to become the first player to win two Internationals, Fear finished on the third place last year in Seattle and immediately after the event he announced his retirement. Through the past year, he was the team coach and he carefully supervised the EG roster going to The International 2017. Today, September 1st, 2017 marks his competitive comeback, but this time around, the 29 years old Fear will assume the position 5 support, position from which he will also captain the team.
Evil Geniuses final roster from position 1 to 5
the Koreans are back together (September 1st)
After nearly one year of playing with different teams outside their region, the five ex-MVP Phoenix players are reuniting for the new competitive season. According to a tweet from Kim ' QO' Seon-Yeob the five South Korean players will play together this season, but no other details have been revealed just yet.
The South Korean reunited roster:
Team Spirit finalize their roster (August 31st)
Team Spirit have finalized their new roster for the upcoming season by bringing on board Igor "iLTW" Filatov and Malta "Biver" Winter. In July the team had benched Stanislav "633" Glushan and Ivan "VANSKOR" Skorokhod ahead of the post TI shuffle and began their search for replacements.
Team Spirit Roster:
Alliance dissolves roster, Loda returns to rebuild. (August 31st)
After a devastating year and failure to advance into the playoff brackets in The International 2017 EU regional qualifiers, Alliance has completely dissolved the last of their Dota 2 roster, releasing Adrian "Era" Kryeziu and Axel "Pablo" Källman. Jonathan "Loda" Berg will rebuild and lead a squad to wave the Alliance banner in the near future.
Jonathan "Loda" Berg
Evil Geniuses parts ways with Zai and PPD
After one of the biggest upsets in the history of the International, Ludwig 'zai' Wåhlberg and Peter 'ppd' Dager have departed from Evil Geniuses. Zai, the 4-position support player for Evil Geniuses this International, decided to leave Evil Geniuses in the search of greener pastures and on amicable terms with the team. PPD, who had been CEO since TI 6, has also decided to step down from his position, with Philip Aram, former manager of Evil Geniuses, taking over as COO.
Evil Geniuses current Roster:
New team revealed (August 29th)
Aliwi 'w33' Omar announced his new, yet to be named stack - A mix of various players, who will make a few role changes to adjust to the lineup. In additio to w33's transition to support, Timado will assume the carry position and cancel^^ will be laning mid while Khezu will remain in his offlane role. Saksa has confirmed he will captain this unlikely but exciting mix.
SG e-sports releases entire roster (August 29th)
Brazil's finest, SG e-sports, has released their entire roster before the start of the new Minor/Major season. The history making Brazil organization has reported they are expecting to remain in the Dota 2 scene and will be picking up a new team/players in the future. The released players have not yet repoorted what their plans are but the StarLadder Minor SA open qualifiers are set to begin this coming weekend, September 2-3rd.
SG e-sports last roster:
Team Leviathan resurfaces with familiar names (August 29th)
Reformed once again with two of the founding members Jason "Newsham" Newsham and Andrew "Jenkins" Jenkins, Leviathan will also welcome to their ranks well known and beloved carry player Brian "BananaSlamJamma" Canavan, Scott "Slayer" Palmer and lesser known name Samuel "Noblewingz" Anderson to assume the mid lane position.
Team Leviathan roster:
Helsinki REDS expands into Dota 2 (August 29th)
The fairly new organization has extended their reach into Dota 2 picking up an all Finnish roster - team formerly known in the EU region as BLBLBL. The squad will be led by Benjamin “Notah” Läärä, most recently coach of Escape Gaming.
Helsinki REDS roster:
Risto “Ouker” Kakkonen
Tomas “Syuuu” Sainio
Kim “Vipu” Roos
Jan “Womber” Kylmänen
Benjamin “Notah” Läärä
In a region that seems to be ripe with talent and promise, a rising force on the Dota 2 landscape, adam finalized a newer team formed from within the local pool instead of recruiting from the other regions as has been the latest trend.
Fire Dragoon esports roster:
Clutch Gamers - Pick up Jio "Jeyo" Madayag, Marvin "Boombacs" Rushton and Mac "MAC" Tan
Clutch Gamers revealed in their announcement that the SEA organization had parted ways with Rafael "Rapy" Sicat Palo, leaving both Armel Paul "Armel" Tabios and Marvin 'Boombacs' Rushton as the sole surviviors from the team created in December. With hopes of improved results at LAN events, two veterans and one relative newcomer will round out the roster for the upcoming season.
Fnatic - Drop 3 and pick up 2 from the ex-C9 roster.
After a shocking performance at The International 7, Fnatic have let go of 3 players from their roster, filling their ranks with the likes of pieliedie and EE-Sama. Confirmed earlier today on their official website, the 3 players leaving the team would be venturing forth, attempting to find a new team to place their respective talent.
Fnatic Current Roster
Cloud 9 - Parts way with Dota 2 roster (23rd of August)
After a shocking and abysmal performance in the group stage and 13-16th place overall finish rumors were ripe of the team disbanding. CEO Jack Etienne confirmed last night on a reply in a reddit thread that the organization did, in fact, part ways with the players and wished them well in their futures. No information was revealed on the future plans for each of the players.
Cloud 9 The International 7 roster
WG.Unity - Full new roster formed (21st of August)
Falling slightly short in the TI7 SEA open qualifeirs, WG.Unity did not even have the opportunity to particiapte in the regional qualifiers. Now, the Malaysian organization has dropped the four remaining players on their squad and picked up an entirely new squad - led by Khaled "sQreen" El-Khabbash. The Russian player is joined by one other western player - Feras "Feero" Hroob from Jordan as they head over to the SEA region to make waves.
WG.Unity current roster:
TNC - No changes to the roster (21st of August)
TNC has officially announced they will not undergo any of the typical post TI roster changes for the upcoming season. The team saw initial success in their lineup finalized in May 2017. Although they had an impressive run in the group stage of TI7, they ultimately took a 9-12th place finish in the main event.
Alliance - Drop three players (18th of August)
Alliance failed to qualify for TI7, finishing bottom 5 in the EU Qualifiers Round Robin, so it was clear that the team needed changes. Today an official announcement the Swedish Team gave us the three players to be dropped. Namely team captain Simon 'Handsken' Haag, mid player Linus 'Limmp' Blomdin and offlaner Jonas 'jonassomfan' Lindholm.
Current Alliance roster:
Infamous - Timado parts ways with the team (18th of August)
As the first South American team to grace the stage of The International, the team fared better than most critics originally thought and advanced to the main event. At only 16 years old Timado had caught the attention of the global audience in his brief time in the International spotlight, although local fans will claim he'd always been a rising star.
Current Infamous roster:
OG - down to four players, Ana to take a seson off (17th of August)
Brought to OG in the post TI6 shuffle, Anathan 'ana' Pham at his only 17 years old holds two Major titles with the team, (Boston and Kiev), and a top eight finish at the recently ended The International 2017. Rumored to be the first to leave OG, Ana proves to be in fact, the only player who will be replaced at OG.
OG current roster:
Mineski – announce full roster for the upcoming season (16th of August)
With both Mineski and Team Faceless experiencing a very disappointing run in the TI7 SEA regional qualifiers, the captains of the two teams will now join forces to head into the next season. Daryl Koh 'iceiceice' Pei Xiang and Anucha 'Jabz' Jirawong from Team Faceless along with Kam 'NaNa' Boon Seng complete the new Mineski line-up.
Execration - drop Nando; reacquire Gabbi (16th of August)
After a dismal performance at The International 2017 where they placed 13-16th, Execration have decided to reunite with Kim 'Gabbi' Villafuerte, releasing Fernando 'Nando' Mendoza from the team. With no other hints about more roster changes, this seems to be the only adjustment for Execration heading into the next competitive season.
Team Secret - parts ways with KheZu and MP (14th of August)
After an unsatisfactory performance at The International 2017, where they placed 9th/12th, Maurice 'KheZu' Gutmann and Noa 'MP' Pyo got kicked out from the squad. Soon after the announcement, KheZu lined out his thoughts at the end of The International 2017 in a TwitLonger blog post. You can read his full testimony here.
Team Secret will announce the finalized roster over the next few weeks and have termed it as "exciting news".
Team Secret's current roster:
compLexity Gaming - DeMoN and Feero out (11th of August)
It’s been revealed in the second episode of ELEAGUE’s Road To The International Dota 2 Championships that both Jimmy 'DeMoN' Ho and Feras 'Feero' Hroob were released from the coL roster immediately after the NA regional qualifiers for The International 2017. Without any other official announcements coming out from the organization since then, the coL roster stands as follows:
Tuho - new team on the block (5th of August)
Quietly and without much fuss in the pre-shuffle weeks leading up to TI7, a group of players formed together to get a head start on the competition and prepare for the upcoming major/minor season. Tuho's captain is rising Swedish star Aydin 'iNsania' Sarkohi - most recently seen running through the TI7 open qualifiers on Cool Beans, the stacked lineup formed by Jonathan "Loda" Berg in the witching hours before the first set of qualifiers.
SG e-sports - part ways with their captain c4t (1st of August)
Emilano 'c4t' Ito as captain, the Brazilian organization made their first international break out this April when they won the first-ever South American qualifier for a Valve event. Headed to Kiev, the SG e-sports made waves when they eliminated Team Secret from the event in the first round of the single elimination bracket. However, they couldn’t repeat the Kiev Major SA qualifier performance at The International 2017 regional qualifiers and with a new season ahead featuring 11 minors and 11 majors all with an SA qualifier leg, c4t decided to part ways with his team. In the official announcement, made on their Facebook page, SG e-sports are thanking c4t for his efforts and dedication and are ensuring their fans that the full new roster will be revealed as soon as the contracts will be signed.
SG e-sports current roster:
Planet Odd - disband (1st of August)
Despite being the TI6 runners up under the Digital Chaos banner, the team suffered a one man roster change last year and tried for a couple of months to stay as an independent team under the Thunderbirds name tag. With their qualification to the Kiev Major, Thunderbirds were signed by Planet Odd, however, the new partnership didn’t last too long as with The International 2017 qualifying failure the five players decided to part way with their new organization. The official announcement of the team dissolution was made on the 1st of August on the Planet Odd Facebook page.
Planet Odd’s disbanded roster:
Na’Vi - drop the European members, welcome XBOCT as coach (31st of July)
Per Anders Olsson 'Pajkatt' Lille and Malthe 'Biver' Winther, the two European players of Natus Vincere were released from the roster a few days after the team failed to qualify to The International 2017. At the same time it was announced that after almost two years since he left the team, Alexander 'XBOCT' Dashkevich had made a triumphant return to Na'vi as the Dota 2 team coach.
Current Na’Vi roster:
Alexander 'XBOCT' Dashkevich (coach)
Virtus.Pro - contracts extended through 2018 (13th of July)
Virtus.Pro took a big step ahead and announced no roster changes nearly a month before TI7 would have even begun. Their commitment is truly commendable especially in the grand picture of CIS shuffles that made the region famous for its instability and opportunistic moves, even at the risk of jeopardizing a team presence into the regional qualifier for a Valve event.
Roman Dvoryankin, General Manager at Virtus.Pro official statement upon extending the player contracts until the end of 2018:
Virtus Pro roster:
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