Consequential swap of Old Chicken between EHOME and Keen Gaming

Dota 2 Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani

EHOME and Keen Gaming have made a swap between Wang “old chicken” Zhiyong and Zhai “?“‘ Jingkai - relegating both teams to the open qualifiers for TI8. 

For the two plus years Wang “old chicken” Zhiyong has been a cornerstone of the EHOME organization, joining in September 2015. The Chinese player became part of EHOME only six months after making his professional debut with Energy Pacemaker and quickly began to create a solid reputation and success. It was with EHOME that old chicken claimed 4th place at the Frankfurt Major in 2015, participated in both Shanghai and Boston Major 2016 and took a commendable 5-6th place at TI6.

With little to no results worth noting on the grand scene for the Pro Circuit 2017-2018 season, EHOME took 5th place at MDL Macau after Valve giving a nudge to the tournament organizers to invite the team due to being left out of the qualifiers thanks to a previous ban from ACE Chinese governing body. 

Keen Gaming has had a quiet presence in the regional scene but managed to make an appearance at ESL One Hamburg 2017, taking 5-6th place at the end. 

The swap comes with a significant consequence as both teams will be forced to compete in the open qualifiers for a shot at TI8. With ViCi Gaming and Newbee already on track for direct invites, both teams most likely would have seen invitations to the regional qualifiers at least. 


EHOME's new roster:

China Chen 'Cty' Tianyu
China Zhai 'Ying / ?' Jingkai 
China Zhang 'Zrd / Faith_bian' Ruida
China Xu 'Hym' Zhi
China Zhang 'y`/Innocence' Yiping


Keen Gaming's new roster:

China Yang 'MS' Yongjie
China Wang 'old chicken' Zhiyong
China Song 'dark' Runxi
China Liu 'Yoona' Xiangkun
China Jiang 'Tianming / ??' An


Do you think the swap was worth open qualifiers?

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Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani
Pandora is a behind the scenes Dota 2 professional Jack of All Trades. When not busy with Dota 2 work, she is out trying to save the world or baking cupcakes. Follow her on Twitter @pandoradota2


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