The Dota 2 Spring Shuffle gave us more than 400 transfers among Dotas best teams and players. Here are the 13 you should remember.
More than 400 player joined of left their team in the past three weeks. All teams had to update their roster and lock it for the next six months until after the International 2016. Only locked rosters are potentially able to be selected for invites to Valve event. And there will be two very important once in the upcoming Spring and Summer Season: The Manila Major is set for the beginning of June and features a prize pool of 3,000,000 dollar once again. In August of course there is the International, the most important tournament of the year. Though no numbers are known yet, it is save to assume that it will pay out more than last year – which already saw a record breaking 18.4 million dollar.
So here are the 13 transfers that excite us about the Summer Season.
13. Fantastic Five refounded
The [fantastic five 2015] were a team created for the Fall Season by Bzz, yol and Ghostik. They won two minor tournaments in the Season but weren’t successful at major championships, so the team disbanded in January. Now it is back: Former Na’Vi-player XBOCT and the german rmN complete the squad this time.
12. Polarity founded
The only new team to enter the top scene in this Dota 2 Spring Shuffle is Polarity. While we are sceptical about the life expectancy of the team, it features well-known players such as DkPhobos and Lil who formerly played for Virtus.pro, 9pashaebashu from the Vega Squadron and Afoninje who used to be a part of HellRaisers before. The team is already the 12th most strongest in our trend ranking.
11. Team Archon disbands
Winning the american qualifier for a Major seems to be a bad thing. After the Frankfurt Major, [unknown.xiu] disbanded and this time Team Archon does the same. Moo, Waytosexy and Ztok left the team a few days ago to join three different american teams.
10. Team Spirit grows stronger
Another participant of the Shanghai Major grew stronger instead: Team Spirit replaced the loss of RAMZES666 and Afterlife by VPs Illidan and Empires Funn1k. We think this team has a bright future ahead.
9. Vega Squadron has to replace one of their best
8. Invictus Gaming completely reshuffles their teams
The Shanghai Major was a disaster for chinese teams and so to no surprise every major team from China reshuffled their roster heavily in this Dota 2 Spring Shuffle. Invictus Gaming for example degraded Super and XuaN into their B-team iG.Vitality and promoted four players of this B-team into their main roster. Besides, Rabbit and Luo had to leave IG too. That’s a bold move. Let’s see if it pays off.
7. EHOME and Vici Gaming switch players
Both [ehome.cn] and Vici Gaming also shuffled their teams while trading some players between them: Fenrir and iceiceice went from Vici to EHOME, Cty the other way around. Plus, Vici signed rOtk from LGD Gaming, degraded fy into their B-team Vici Gaming Reborn and dropped Super completely.
6. Team Empire rebuild the team completely
Team Empire had an unsatisfying Winter Season. The russian team didn’t make it to the Shanghai Major, lost Resolut1on midway through the season and XBOCT some time later. For the upcoming Season, Empire completely rebuild their team. Funn1k, ALOHADANCE and N0fear had to leave. Instead Team Spirits newcomer RAMZES666, Afterlife and the former Empire-player Scandal from the new team. The outcome is uncertain.
5. Virtus.pro suffers heavy losses
Another russian team that suffered heavy losses in the Dota 2 Spring Shuffle is Virtus.pro. They lost both DkPhobos and Lil. On the other hand the team could sign ALOHADANCE, N0fear from Team Empire and the teamless yoky.
4. DigitalChaos steps up its game
On paper, DigitalChaos is one of the strongest american teams behind Evil Geniuses of course. But they never made it to a Major, neither Frankfurt nor Shanghai. So for the Summer Season, DC signed the best players it could get: w33 and MiSeRy from Team Secret, Saksa from Mamas Boys and Moo from Team Archon. Only Resolut1on remains from the old squad, the rest had to go.
3. CDEC Gaming becomes a real challenger again
CDEC Gaming was the bright chinese star of the past summer and fall but the teams performance has weakened since then. For the Summer Season, CDEC signed Yao from LGD, Super from Vici and Rabbit from Invictus. This makes them one of the strongest teams in the world again on paper. Let’s see if they can play like one in future tournaments too.
2. Evil Geniuses lose two key players
The Evil Geniuses were one of the top teams that remained unchanged for the longest time since the addition of Suma1L last summer. This Dota 2 Spring Shuffle however things got worse when Arteezy and UNiVeRsE left for Team Secret. EG reacted by signing Aui_2000 and BuLba from [digitalchaos]. Both have played for EG before: Aui was dropped for Suma1l last summer while Bulba was part of the team as a player for a brief period in 2012. Plus, zai continues to serve as a substitute, though the Swede will finish school in a few weeks and return to competitive Dota then.
1. Team Secret drops two players to get the world best
You wouldn’t think that the reigning champion of the Shanghai Major had to adjust his lineup in any way. But Team Secret struggled throughout the whole Winter Season and was just the ninth best team in this period. So captain Puppey identified w33 and MiSeRy as the weak links and dropped them from the roster. Instead he signed Arteezy and UNiVeRsE, also weakening the hardest rival in the process. Secret is set for the Manila Major and with this lineup looks like the team to beat.