Jacob “Maelk” Toft-Andersen, VP of Esports at Infinite Esports & Entertainment, company which has OpTic Gaming as main partner, made a Reddit post to announce the organization intentions regarding a possible new Dota 2 roster.
“There is nothing to announce,” said Maelk, whom many of the Dota 2 fans know better for his time as a professional player or commentator. Through his lengthy post Maelk explains that OpTic talked with players and tried to sign a roster right after they were eliminated from The International 2018, but despite of how much they wanted a new Dota 2 team, it won’t happen “for the foreseeable future”.
According to Maelk’s words in the comments section of his post, OpTic and their former Dota 2 captain, Peter “ppd” Dager split ways on amicable terms, and although the organization was willing to continue with PPD’s team, it was them, the players who decided to disband.
“We love Peter. And Peter knows that. I’m not sure this is the last we’ve seen of OpTic.ppd,” Maelk replied to one of the redditors.
Also in the comment section, Maelk opens up about OpTic wanting to sign PPD’s new team, Shangri-La, but “some of the details with his new team and our expectations didn’t align enough for us to continue together at this time,” he explained. He also mentioned that OpTic were interested to sign the former VJ.Storm roster but seems like there were other 15-20 organizations negotiating with Resolut1on’s new team and the boys picked an offer that “no other team could give them.”
From the former VGJ.Storm roster, four players stuck together, Roman “Resolut1on” Fominok, Yawar “YawaR” Hassan, Arif “MSS” Anwar and Avery “SVG” Silverman, who are no joined by Saahil “UNiVeRsE” Arora. The new team was invited in the NA closed qualifiers for the Kuala Lumpur Major under the Quincy Crew tag, but late last night all players announced on their Twitter accounts to be part of a team called FWD.
Although OpTic decided to not sign any of the new teams as of now, they are not completely disinterested to continue in the Dota 2 field. “An executive decision was made to wait for the right opportunity, rather than push for a lineup that didn’t live up to the expectations we have. […] we will continue to work towards getting the best possible lineup and fit for OpTic that we can. Trust me when I say, we want to be in Dota 2 as much as you do (probably more),” said Maelk in the initial post.
While OpTic Gaming skip the start of the season, three of their five former players already found a team. PPD kept Neta “33” Shapira with him and moved to Europe to compete into the next season, while Ludwig “zai” Wåhlberg decided to go back to Team Secret. As for Per Anders Olsson “Pajkatt” Lille and Quinn “CC&C” Callahan, there is no official info of them joining a new team until now.