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Post TI9 shuffle log; confirmed changes for start of DPC 2019-2020 season

Dota 2 Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani

With the end of The International 9, the traditional post TI shuffle period has begun.

OG has barely gotten a wink of sleep and the ink has not yet dried in the history books marking OG as the first two-time (and back-to-back no less) TI champions and teams are already on the move.

Last season Valve had announced that there would be no 'hard roster' locks. We saw an astounding 50+ roster changes in the DPC 2018-2019 season. So far there has been no information of what to expect going forward for the upcoming DPC 2019-2020 season, but teams and playings are starting to look at their options before the qualifiers and in time for the first event scheduled to take place in early November, with the 5th being the first Minor and the 16th being the first Major. 

Here you can find all the confirmed changes for the upcoming season and ignore the trolls, rumors, and anxiety. 


September 18th - Europe Fata Stack

New stack for EU has appeared with two players from NiP sticking it out together. 

Martin "Saksa" Sazdov announced he will be taking a break from competitive gaming for some time which leaves the Swedish organization down to at least two.

Bulgaria Nikolay "Nikobaby" Nikolov
Sweden Linus 'Limmp' Blomdin
Israel Neta "33" Shapira
Sweden Simon 'Handsken' Haag
Germany Adrian "Fata" Trinks


September 18th - Malaysia Geek Fam

With a lackluster DPC 2018-2019 season, Geek Fam is poised for making a big comeback this upcoming season, signing some of the region's best players.

Geek Fam roster:

Philippines Carlo “Kuku” Palad
Korea Kim ‘DuBu’ Duyoung
United States Eric 'Ryoya' Dong
Philippines Marc Polo Luis "Raven" Fausto
Indonesia Kenny "Xepher" Deo


September 18th - United States J.Storm 

After several roster changes in as little as six weeks leading up to the TI9 qualifiers, the NA team was still not able to find the winning chemistry and failed to qualify for the big event. 

Heading into the new season, the team bids farewell to Sivatheeban "1437" Sivanathapillai and welcomes new player from South America - Joel Mori "MoOz" Ozambela. 

J.Storm roster:

Ukraine Roman ‘Resolut1on’ Fominok 
Germany Leon "Nine" Kirilin
United States David 'Moo' Hull
United States Clinton ‘Fear’ Loomis
Peru Joel Mori "MoOz" Ozambela 
United States Jimmy 'Demon' Ho (coach)


September 16th - United States  Evil Geniuses

Evil Geniuses made their first roster change since the infamous shakeup in May 2018.  Gustav "s4" Magnusson and legendary core player Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan are no longer part of the active roster (the latter still being under contract and open for negotiations). In their stead will be SEA player Abed 'Abed' Yusop and Russian player Roman "Ramzes666" Kushnarev. 

New Evil Geniuses roster:

Canada Artour “Arteezy” Babaev
Philippines Abed 'Abed' Yusop
Russia Roman "Ramzes666" Kushnarev
Denmark Andreas “Cr1t-” Nielsen
Israel Tal "Fly" Aizik
United States Sam “BuLba” Sosale (coach)


September 16th - Russia Virtus.pro

Their second player to depart in less than two weeks, Roman "Ramzes666" Kushnarev will be heading to North America to play for Evil Geniuses according to the VP press release

Team VP Roster: 
Ukraine Vladimir "No[o]ne" Minenko
Russia Vladimir "rodjER" Nikogosyan
Russia Alexei "Solo" Berezin


September 13th Europe Team Liquid

After returning to Dota 2 scene in 2015, Team Liquid parts ways with their TI7 championship team. The players are aiming to begin a new adventure under their own project together and Team Liquid hopes to continue to field a roster for the new season. 

Former Team Liquid roster:

Romania Aliwi “w33” Omar
Jordan Amer "Miracle-" Al-Barkawi
Bulgaria Ivan "MindControl" Ivanov
Lebanon Maroun "GH" Merhej
Germany Kuro Salhi "Kuroky-" Takhasomi


September 13th Philippines TNC Predator

Shortly after TNC announced the departure of Carlo 'Kuku' Palad and Nico 'eyyou' Barcelon, the new complete roster was revealed.

Current TNC Predator roster:

PhilippinesKim 'Gabbi' Villafuerte 
PhilippinesArmel Paul 'Armel' Tabios
Australia Damien "kpii" Chock
PhilippinesTimothy  'Tims' Randrup
SouthKorea Taewon "March" Park


September 13th - Peru Infamous 

After the departure of their TI9 squad, Infamous is now fielding a new roster for the upcoming season.

Current Infamous roster:

Peru Christian "Madara" Kimura
Peru Sebastian Cerralta "Robo-Z" Velarde
Peru Benjamín "Benjaz" Lanao Barrios
Ecuador Alexis "sl4d1n-" Cepeda
Argentina Mariano "Papita" Caneda


September 13th Philippines TNC Predator

Two weeks ago Carlo 'Kuku' Palad had announced via Twitter that he was now looking for a team. Now, the organization has officially confirmed such and revealed that in addition to the departure of Kuku^, Nico 'eyyou' Barcelon is also taking his leave from the team. 

Current TNC Predator roster:

Philippines Kim 'Gabbi' Villafuerte 
Philippines Armel Paul 'Armel' Tabios
Philippines Timothy  'Tims' Randrup


September 9th - Sweden NiP

NiP was one of the twelve teams to receive a direct invite to TI9, having accumulated enough points during the DPC 2018-2019 season. The Swedish team took an unexpected turn for the worse at the big event, being the second team to be eliminated from the event, falling out of contention in the group stage before even getting to set foot on the big stage. 

Support player Martin "Saksa" Sazdov has now announced he will be taking a break from competitive gaming for some time. He is the first on the team to make any moves or announcements. 

[tweet]https://twitter.com/Saksadota/status/1171031601150660609[/tweet]

NiP Roster:
Denmark Marcus "Ace" Hoelgaard
Germany Adrian "Fata" Trinks
Israel Neta "33" Shapira
United States Peter "PPD" Dager


September 8th - China Team Aster

After adding Song "Sccc" Chun to the lineup just a few days ago, the Chinese organization has now finalized their roster. With the return of Pan "Fade" Yi to the competitive scene, Team Aster has signed the former Vici Gaming player. 

Current Team Aster roster:

China  Song "Sccc" Chun
Malaysia  Kee "ChYuan" Chyuan Ng
China  Lin "Xxs" Jing 
China  Ye "BoBoKa" Zhibiao
China  Pan "Fade" Yi


September 6th - Australia Team Oracle

Kim ‘QO’ Seon-Yeob announced his new team and would be playing for SEA out of Australia. The Korean player had announced an indefinite hiatus from Dota 2, leaving Immortals in January 2018 and now seems to be ready to compete again. 

Korea Kim ‘QO’ Seon-Yeob
Cambodia No7
UnitedStates Monster
Malaysia Destrice
Australia LordBoonz


September 6th Sweden The Final Tribe

The Swedish organization has merged with Godsent for the upcoming season and will be playing under their banner from now on. The current roster has been together since February when their last player Andreas 'Xibbe' Ragnemalm replaced Jonas 'jonassomfan' Lindholm. 

The Final Tribe Roster

Sweden Pontus 'Frost' Frost
Sweden Rasmus 'Chessie' Blomdin
Sweden Andreas 'Xibbe' Ragnemalm
Sweden Simon 'Handsken' Haag
Sweden Adrian 'Era' Kryeziu


September 5th - Russia Virtus.pro Ukraine Na'Vi

CIS shuffle is in full swing. 

Heading into the new season, Virtus.pro say goodbye to their first player as Na'Vi will be replacing Evgeniy "Blizzy" Ree with Pavel "9pasha" Khvastunov.

Despite being together for three years with only one roster change, VP continued to fall short at The International and have decided to make some changes after taking a disappointing  9-12th place finish.

TI9 was the first in two years that Na'Vi was able to compete at the big event, but left with only a 13-16th place showing. 

Team VP Roster: 
Russia Roman "Ramzes666" Kushnarev
Ukraine Vladimir "No[o]ne" Minenko
Russia Vladimir "rodjER" Nikogosyan
Russia Alexei "Solo" Berezin

Natus Vincere Roster:

Ukraine Vladislav "Crystallize" Krystanek
Ukraine Idan "MagicaL" Vardanyan
Russia Pavel "9pasha" Khvastunov
Kyrgyzstan Emil "Zayac" Emilzhanov
Russia Akbar "SoNNeikO" Butaev 


September 4th - China  Keen Gaming

Keen Gaming was the last team to receive enough points for a direct invite to The International 9. They barely squeaked by, waiting with bated breath from the sidelines during EPICENTER Major to see if they had secured their slot. 

Once at the big event, the team stumbled in the group stage, barely getting into the main event and then fell in the brutal best-of-one Round 1 of the lower brackets to the SA wonders, Infamous

Looking for something to shake things up, the team has now recruited none other than Malaysian veteran Chai "Mushi" Yee Fung, who was at TI coaching Mineski

Translated (by Google) it says: 

"[KG e-sports club DOTA2 team member joining announcement]
Did the water friends sleep? To announce a good news for everyone - after friendly negotiations between the two sides, Malaysian famous player Mushi @Mushiyf will join the KG e-sports club DOTA2 team as a free agent, serving as the 5th position! As a veteran DOTA veteran for many years, we believe that Mushi's participation will bring new changes to the KG team's new season! KeenGaming #DOTA2#"

There has not been any further news about the composition of the team. 

Keen Gaming roster:

China Wang "old chicken" Zhiyong
China Zhai 'Ying' Jingkai
China Ren 'eLeVeN' Yangwei
China Hu 'Kaka' Liangzhi
Malaysia Chai "Mushi" Yee Fung


September 4th - CIS Positive Guys

New CIS stack has formed with well-known players from teams including Gambit and The Pango. 

Positive Guys roster:

Russia Igor "iLTW" Filatov
Belarus Ergon
Ukraine Andrey "Ghostik" Kadyk
Russia Alexander "Immersion" Hmelevskoy 
Russia Mihail "Misha" Agatov 


September 4th - Malaysia Fnatic

Changes just before TI9 didn't work out as well as hoped and Fnatic went on to take a very disappointing 13-16th place finish, being knocked out in the first round of the lower brackets. 

The SEA now has revamped their roster with new hopes for a stronger start in the upcoming season. 

Current Fnatic Roster:

Thailand Nuengnara ‘23savage Teeramahanon
Malaysia Kam Moon Boon Seng
Singapore Daryl Koh 'iceiceice' Pei Xiang
Philippines Djardel 'DJ' Mampusti
Thailand Anucha 'Jabz' Jirawong


September 1st - China Team Aster

Team Aster was formed after TI8, they took some of the most notable players from various teams for a shot at something more the season. Although they started off with a bang, the team struggled to produce notable achievements once at the events themselves and began to make several roster changes throughout the season. They never did seem to find the right fit and eventually fell off the radar. 

Now they have recruited one of TI7's hottest Chinese talents, Song 'Sccc' Chun, and will be looking to make a bigger splash for the upcoming season. 

Current Team Aster roster:

China Liu "Kamma" Chang (trial)
China Song "Sccc" Chun
Malaysia Kee Chyuan "ChYuan" Ng (trial)
China Lin "Xxs" Jing
China Ye "BoBoKa" Zhibiao
China Fu "Q" Bin


September 1st - China

A storied and tumultuous history with Dota 2 dating as far back as 2011 and DotA since 2009, legendary TI2 champion Wong "ChuaN" Hock Chuan makes another go at competitive play and returns to the scene. 

No word as to which team he will join or if he will form a new stack.


September 1st - Thailand Hashtag

New Thai based team has been formed and will be competing in local and regional events starting for the upcoming season. 

Hashtag roster:

Singapore Galvin "Meracle" Kang Jian Wen
Malaysia Cheng "NothingToSay" Jin Xiang
Australia Kim "Velo" Tae-sung
Singapore Wilson "Poloson" Koh Chin Wei
Malaysia Chan "WinteR" Litt Binn


August 30th - Europe  Chaos E.C

Two months ago the unexpected news of Lasse "MATUMBAMAN" Urpalainen parting ways with Team Liquid consumed the Dota 2 scene. The team had already qualified for TI9 and would be able to retain their spot, while the Finnish player would be potentially sitting on the sidelines. 

It didn't take long before Matu joined up with Chaos E.C to play the TI9 qualifies in Europe and managed to secure a spot at The International. Unfortunately, Chaos was the first team knocked out during the group stage and didn't even get to step foot on the main stage. 

Now, it seems that after all has calmed down, Matu will be taking a break for the first round of qualifiers.

Just a few days ago Maurice 'KheZu' Gutmann had begun his search for a new team and Milan 'MiLAN' Kozomara's twitter profile indicates he is looking for a team -although he has not made any official announcement as such yet. 

Chaos has yet to release any official information regarding their plans for the new season.

Current Chaos Esports Club roster:

Malaysia Cheng "vtFaded" Jia Hao
Denmark Rasmus 'MISERY' Filipsen


August 30th - United States EE stack

Jacky 'EternaLEnVy' Mao stirred the community into a frenzy last season after he joined Team Team at the last minute and then replaced Nico 'Gunnar' Lopez and Jason 'Newsham' Newsham after the team qualified for the Major, before the event took place. It wasn't long after that EE himself was replaced and ended up with no team for the TI9 qualifiers. 

Jingju 'Sneyking' Wu is the only player that was at TI9, playing under the  Newbee flag, who had picked up the NA team Forward Gaming when they dropped by the organization due to financial reasons. By joining this stack, it is also clear that the Newbee NA roster will be undergoing changes.

Canada Jacky 'EternaLEnVy' Mao
Canada Jonathan Bryle "bryle" Santos De Guia
Canada David 'Moonmeander' Tan
United States Jingju 'Sneyking' Wu
Canada Kurtis "Aui_2000" Ling


August 29th - Peru Infamous 

Infamous signed Team Anvorgesa on July 1, 2019 just in time for the team to clinch their spot at TI9 to represent the SA region.  The SA team made waves and history at the main event, taking a top 8 position in the final results, the best of any team from the region at The Internationals. 

Much to fan's delight, the team will be sticking together for the new season, but will be competing under a new banner, yet to be determined. 

Ex- Infamous Roster:
Peru Hector Antonio 'K1' Rodriguez
Peru Jean Pierre 'Chris Brown' Gonzales
Bolivia Adrian Cespedes 'Wisper' Dobles
Peru Elvis De la Cruz 'Scofield' Peña
Peru Steven 'Stinger' Vargas


August 28th Philippines TNC Predator

Carlo 'Kuku' Palad has announced today via Twitter that he is now looking for a team. He recently placed 9-12th at The International 9 with his team TNC Predator. Kuku's season was filled with drama after he made a racist remark during a public game and was then banned from the Chongqing major along with Andrei 'Skem' Gabriel Ong. However, this did not impact his ability to go to Shanghai and play at The International.

Current TNC Predator roster:

Philippines Kim 'Gabbi' Villafuerte 
Philippines Armel Paul 'Armel' Tabios
Philippines Timothy  'Tims' Randrup
Philippines Nico 'eyyou' Barcelon


August 28th -  Malaysia Fnatic

Fnatic had secured an invite to The International 9, but after their elimination at EPICENTER and before the event was over, Pyo ‘MP’ Noa was released from his active status on the team while Anucha 'Jabz' Jirawong assumed his position and coach Kim ‘DuBu’ Duyoung moved into the support role. 

The change didn't seem to help much as Fnatic went on to take a very disappointing 13-16th place finish, being knocked out in the first round of the lower brackets. 

Changes are already starting for the SEA team and Dubu is on the prowl for a new team.

Fnatic has yet to release any official information, but if the rumors are to be believed, the organization will be fielding a full new roster for the upcoming season. So far, no other members have revealed their departure. 

Current Fnatic Roster:

Thailand Anucha 'Jabz' Jirawong
Philippines Abed 'Abed' Yusop
Singapore Daryl Koh 'iceiceice' Pei Xiang
Philippines Djardel 'DJ' Mampusti


August 27th Europe  Chaos E.C

Although Chaos had participated in four majors of the DPC 2018-2019 season representing South America, the team made a region and several roster changes, finishing up the season in Europe, picking up Lasse "MATUMBAMAN" Urpalainen and promising SEA player Cheng "vtFaded" Jia Hao in the witching hours before the TI9 qualifiers. 

The team clinched the only spot allocated to the region but were the first team eliminated from The International 9, taking a very disappointing last-place finish in the groups and failing to advance to the main stage. 

Many have speculated the team would not remain in tact for the upcoming season and Maurice 'KheZu' Gutmann is the first to make a move. 

So far no other team members have made any announcement. 

There has been no word from the organization and considering they are NA based and previously fielded teams in South America and then Europe, there is no telling what region or group of players might be competing under the Chaos banner for the new season.

Current Chaos Esports Club roster:

Malaysia Cheng "vtFaded" Jia Hao
Finland Lasse "MATUMBAMAN" Urpalainen
Denmark Rasmus 'MISERY' Filipsen
Germany Maurice 'KheZu' Gutmann
Bosnia and HerzegovinaMilan 'MiLAN' Kozomara


August 27th - China Vici Gaming

Last September, ViCi Gaming roster had pieced together parts of the original lineup with pieces of VGJ.Thunder and a newer player as the last ingredient. The team went on to have a spectacular season, competing in multiple DPC events, but most specifically, making history as the first team to go from Minor to Major champions when they took the title at DreamLeague Season 11 Major following their victory at StarLadder ImbaTV Minor. The team went on take 5-6th place at The International 9

Now it seems Pan 'Fade' Yi has parted ways with the team based on his weibo post, retiring from competitive play. 

Rumors are circulating that there is a lot of drama and chaos going on within the Chinese Dota 2 scene and his decision is based partly on the shuffles and changes. As of now, this is the first and only change to the ViCi Gaming lineup. 

Current ViCi Gaming Roster:

China Zhang 'Paparazi' Chengjun
China Zeng 'Ori' Jiaoyang
China Zhou 'Yang' Haiyang
China Ding 'Dy' Cong


August 26th - United States compLexity Gaming

The North American squad had a rocky year with multiple issues ranging from visas to roster stability. The team's last appearance in the DPC was at MDL DisneyLand Major where they took a disappointing 9-12th place. They ended the season with only 153 points and then failed to qualify for TI9, placing 6th in the regional qualifier. 

The organization now bids farewell to their entire roster without fully committing to even having a team for the upcoming season. 

 

Last compLexity Gaming roster:

Singapore  Galvin "Meracle" Kang Jian Wen
Sweden Linus "Limmp" Blomdin
Brazil Otávio 'tavo' Gabriel
United States Zakari "Zfreek" Freedman
Malaysia Adam "Adam" Shah


August 26th - SouthEastAsia Mineski

Mineski had a better than expected run at TI9 taking another 9-12th place finish just like last year. The SEA team made some last-minute roster changes, bringing on board Nikolay "Nikobaby" Nikolov to replace Lai 'Ahjit' Jay Son in the hours before the qualifiers. 

It seems the Bulgarian player, Michael 'Ninjaboogie' Ross and Ryan 'Bimbo/Raging Potato' Jay Qui are already looking for another team, and it is unknown what other changes will come to the SEA team in the following days.

Mineski Roster:
Malaysia Kam 'NaNa/Moon' Boon Seng
Australia Damien 'kpii' Chok

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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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