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The Winter Shuffle 2018 in a Nutshell

The Winter Shuffle 2018 in a Nutshell

The final official pre-Ti8 roster shuffle concluded, the perfect time to recap all the big moves and gather in one place all the exciting rosters that emerged in the Winter Shuffle 2018.

Starting with the 6tth of February all the teams who want a shot at a TI8 direct invite or a regional qualifiers spot must use for the rest of the season the same roster that they registered on Valve’s official Dota 2 Majors and Minors roster lock page. We are looking now at a six-month roster lock, which makes this shuffle more important than any other before. VPEsports wants you to have all the tools heading into the second part of the Dota Pro Circuit. So, we put together a list of the most important roster changes that took place in this last shuffle that precedes TI8. Evil Geniuses were the first to make a move before the shuffle window was even announced, therefore we will start with the North American region.

North America – Winter 2018 Shuffle

Evil Geniuses went ham on the 20th of December and announced the removal of  Saahil “UNiVeRsE” Arora from the team. With him, 255 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) were gone as well, and Evil Geniuses welcomed to their team Rasmus “MISERY” Filipsen. Misery held 0 points at the time he joined EG and his arrival forced a  few role swaps as well. If you haven’t tuned for a Minor or Major on the past two months, don’t get all confused if you see Fear in the mid lane and SumaiL on offlane duty.

Evil Geniuses roster:
Artour “Arteezy” Babaev
Clinton “Fear” Loomis
Syed Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan
Andreas “Cr1t-” Nielsen
Rasmus “MISERY” Filipsen

Dota Pro Circuit points on the 6th of February: 885, Ranked 7


Immortals took a similar approach with EG and began the shuffle in December. Lee “Forev” Sang-don announced his departure from the team on the 30th of December. A few days later, on January 5, Immortals introduced Arif “MSS” Anwar as their new offlaner. However, the results didn’t improve and more changes followed. After he locked in with Immortals, Kim “QO” Seon-yeop announced his decision to take an extended break from the competitive scene. Immortals have finalized and locked in their roster on the 30th of January with Eric “Ryoya” Dong in the mid lane position and Kim “Velo” Tae-sung in the offlane.

Immortals roster:
Pyo “MP” No-a
Eric “Ryoya” Dong
Kim “Velo” Tae-sung
Kim “Febby” Yong-min
Kim “DuBu” Doo-young

Dota Pro Circuit points on the 6th of February: 90, Ranked 15th


VG J.Storm got reinvented at the end of the Winter 2018 Shuffle. The team was formed in the TI7 aftermath, but the lack of results in the Dota Pro Circuit prompted off-season roster changes. They didn’t give up easily, and tried to rebuild the team during the official shuffle period but with Ryoya co-opted by Immortals, and not much time to find yet another replacement the team was dissolved entirely. The former four members decided to continue together under the isGG tag, while VG J.Storm locked in a brand new roster just a day before the shuffle deadline.


VGJ Storm Roster:
Enzo “Timado” Gianoli
Yawar “YawaR” Hassan
Arif “MSS” Anwar
Jingjun “Sneyking” Wu
Avery “SVG” Silverman

Dota Pro Circuit points on the 6th of February: 0


Iceberg Esports might have scored a lucky entry in the Dota pro Circuit with this latest shuffle. The Canadian organization picked up Aui_2000’s newly formed Animal Planet team and are already looking forward to their first Minor, GESC: Indonesia.

Iceberg Esports roster:
Ravindu “Ritsu” Kodippili
Jonathan Bryle “bryle” Santos De Guia
David “MoonMeander” Tan
Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling
Kartik “kitrak” Rathi

Dota Pro Circuit points on the 6th of February: 0

Southeast Asia – Winter Shuffle 2018

From all the six big regions, the Southeast Asian scene witnessed the most unexpected changes.

Fnatic are probably the kings of this shuffle. They took all the attention upon themselves when they decided to swap their two years and a half long-standing member Ohaiyo, for Universe. The Ohaiyo kick happened moments after he qualified with Fnatic for ESL One Katowice. The “pizza party” meme has high potential to overshadow the “322 “ meme and if not, it will most probably remain the most used one for the rest of 2018.

Fnatic roster:
Jacky “EternaLEnVy” Mao
Abed “Abed” Yusop
Saahil “UNiVeRsE” Arora
Djardel. “DJ” Mampusti
Johan “pieliedie” Åström

Dota Pro Circuit points on the 6th of February: 390, Ranked 11th  


TNC Pro Team reverted to a full Filipino roster this shuffle. A few hours after TNC got eliminated from ESL One Genting in the group stage 1437/Rose tweeted “pizza party concluded”. Former Clutch Gamers mid laner, Armel was welcomed to the TNC family and Kuku became the team captain once again, but this time around from a support position.

TNC Pro Team Roster:
Marc Polo Luis “Raven” Fausto
Armel Paul “Armel” Tabios
Samson Enojosa “Sam_H” Hidalgo
Timothy “Tims” Randrup
Carlo “Kuku” Palad

Dota Pro Circuit points on the 6th of February: 270, Ranked 12th


Clutch Gamers turned the page and from a full Filipino roster in 2017, they went with a European-CIS mix for the second part of the Dota Pro Circuit. This brand new CG roster is set to move to the SEA region and push for a top-eight place in the Dota Pro Circuit. They will start from zero points but the line-up has all the potential to take the SEA scene by surprise, especially when some of their players are in fact returning to the region.

Dota Pro Circuit points on the 6th of February: 0


Team Admiral is Jimmy “DeMoN” Ho’s latest project. Featuring former players of Execration, Happy Feet and Clutch Gamers, Admiral will compete from the SEA region, as DeMON looks to clinch a TI spot through the second part of the season.

Team Admiral roster:

Marvin “Boombacs” Rushton
Kim “Gabbi” Villafuerte
Benhur “Benhur” Lawis
Jimmy “DeMoN” Ho
Ralph Richard “RR” Peñano

Dota Pro Circuit points on the 6th of February: 0


Europe – Winter Shuffle 2018

The biggest competitors from the EU region haven’t made any change. Team Liquid, Team Secret and OG all locked with the same rosters. Sadly, the all-Greek squad of Mousesports is no more. The Organization didn’t sign a new roster and some of the former Mousesports members can now be found scattered among different squads. While SkyLark decided to try a new region and went to SEA, his former teammates, Madara and Maybe Next Time, joined forces with SyndereN.

Mad Labs is the newest Synd stack and besides the two former Mousesports players, the relentless player/commentator brought in two of his TI6 Escape Gaming friends.

Mad Labs roster:
Omar “Madara” Dabasas
Max “qojqva” Bröcker
Maurice “KheZu” Gutmann
Verros “Maybe Next Time” Apostolos
Troels “syndereN” Nielsen

Dota Pro Circuit points on the 6th of February: 0


PENTA Sports are looking to set foot into the Pro circuit with Aliwi “w33” Omar in the mid lane.The German organization just reached their first Valve sponsored event at the start of

the year. ESL One Genting marked their Dota Pro Circuit debut but the team had to play with a stand in since December. Hopefully, w33’s addition will yield better results.

PENTA Sports roster:
Oliver “oliver” Lepko
Omar “w33” Aliwi
Roman “rmN” Paley
Joni “Buugi” Fält
Dino “dnz” Šavuk

Dota Pro Circuit points on the 6th of February: 0


CIS – Winter Shuffle 2018

The biggest two CIS organizations Natus Vincere and Virtus.pro stole all the headlines through the last days of the shuffle, starting with a surprising LilRodJer swap. The trade opened the window for several comments coming from Lil and VP’s general manager, comments that kept the DotA subreddit busy for a few days. Two days after Lil joined Na’Vi, the Ukrainian organization dropped Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev as well and welcomed aboard Nikola “LeBronDota” Popović. At the end of the shuffle VP and Na’Vi rosters are:

Virtus.pro roster:
Roman “RAMZES666” Kushnarev
Vladimir “No[o]ne” Minenko
Pavel “9pasha” Khvastunov
Vladimir “RodjER” Nikogosyan
Alexei “Solo” Berezin

Dota Pro Circuit points on the 6th of February: 2700, Ranked 3rd

Na’Vi roster:
Vladislav “Crystallize” Krystanek
Danil “Dendi” Ishutin
Victor “GeneRaL” Nigrini
Ilya “Lil” Ilyuk
Nikola “LeBronDota” Popović

Dota Pro Circuit points on the 6th of February: 1110, Ranked 5th


China – Winter Shuffle 2018

The Chinese scene experienced a lot of changes through this shuffle as well, however, Newbee and Vici Gaming, the only two teams in the top eight of the Dota Pro Circuit at the end of 2017, kept their rosters intact.

New stacks took birth here as well with accomplished veterans looking to stage a good career kickstarter for deserving debutants. Zhang “xiao8” Ning revived Big God to help a young offlaner to make a name for himself. The team already entered Chinese qualifiers for the DAC 2018 Major and their roster features the likes of Ferrari_430 and BurNIng.

Big God 2.0 roster:
Xu “BurNIng” Zhilei
Luo “Ferrari_430” Feichi
Shen “Newbie” Chao
Zhang “xiao8” Ning
Li “chisbug” Chen

Dota Pro Circuit points on the 6th of February: 0


LGD Gaming were the first to make a  change on the 1st of January 2018 when they brought in the former WG Unity Support Jian Wei “xNova-“ Yap to replace Yao “Yao” Zhengzheng.

LGD Gaming roster:
Wang “Ame” Chunyu
Lu “Somnus/Maybe” Yao
Yang “Chalice”‘ Shenyi
Xu “fy” Linsen
Jian Wei “xNova-“ Yap

Dota Pro Circuit points on the 6th of February: 472.5, Ranked 10th


LGD Forever Young underwent more dramatic changes this shuffle. After a couple of subpar performances and even an experimental mid lane players trade with iG, LGD’s sister team dropped their captain Leong “ddc” Fat-meng and also replaced He “Inflame” Yongzheng who decided to go inactive. Inflame’s place in the team was taken by none other than Fnatic’s Khoo “Ohaiyo” Chong Xin. You can read more about LFY’s shuffle story here.

LGD Forever Young roster:
Du “Monet” Peng
Xie “Super” Junhao
Khoo “Ohaiyo” Chong Xin
Yao “Yao” Zhengzheng
Tue “ah fu” Soon Chuan

Dota Pro Circuit points on the 6th of February: 200, Ranked 13th


VGJ.Thunder were quick to drop Fan “Ayo” Tianyou and make room for DDC in their team as soon as he was kicked from LFY. Unfortunately, Ayo remained teamless at the end of this shuffle, while for VG J.Thunder the roster is as follows:

VGJ.Thunder roster:
Liu “Sylar” Jiajun
Liu “Kamma/Freeze” Chang
Zhou “Yang” Haiyang
Pan “Fade” Yi
Leong “ddc” Fat-meng

Dota Pro Circuit points on the 6th of February: 45, Ranked 17th


South America – Winter Shuffle 2018

In a very pleasant turn of events, the South American scene, once known for its roster instability, delivered no big shuffles this time around. Infamous, SG e-sports, PaiN Gaming are all pushing forward with unchanged rosters

Winter Shuffle 2018 – ENIGMA

Five days before the Winter Shuffle deadline, one team surfaced as a huge surprise for everyone.  Wong “ChuaN” Hock Chuan announced his comeback to the professional scene with Echo International. The surprise is not stopping here as the team coach is the former MVP Phoenix player Park “March” Tae-won. March had to put his Dota 2 career on hold soon after he placed top 8 at TI5 to fulfill his mandatory two years military service in South Korea. Echo International gathers players from Europe, South Korea, and Australia as well and the rooster looks extremely interesting. However, the biggest enigma attached to this team is the region from where they’ll be competing. According to the official announcement made on Weibo, Echo International is a Chinese based organization with the headquarters Guangzhou but who benefits from sponsorship from an entertainment company located in Vientiane, the capital city of Laos.

Echo International roster:
Anathan “ana” Pham
Greg “Keyser” Kallianiotis
Lee “Forev” Sang-don
Wong “ChuaN” Hock Chuan
Martin “Saksa” Sazdov
Coach: Park “March” Tae-won

Dota Pro Circuit points on the 6th of February: 30, Ranked 18th

 

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