The yearly Dota 2 post-The International (TI) roster shuffle is now in full swing with some huge changes coming in South America.
Regional powerhouse Beastcoast announced on Friday (4 November) that they have parted ways with longtime midlaner Jean Pierre "Chris Luck" Salazar and offlaner Adrián "Wisper" Dobles and have signed Gonzalo "DarkMago" Herrera and Rafael "Sacred" Yonatan from Thunder Awaken as replacements.
With Chris Luck and Wisper leaving the team, the longest-running roster in Dota 2 history has come to an end.
The five-man squad of Héctor "K1" Rodríguez, Chris Luck, Wisper, Elvis "Gōjira" Peña, and Steven "Stinger" Vargas have been playing together since July 2019, when they started playing under Infamous.
The roster made a name for themselves with a surprise Top 8 run at TI9 under Infamous. After signing with Beastcoast shortly after TI9, the team went on to be the dominant force in South America and a menace for other regions during international tournaments.
In TI11, Beastcoast scored another Top 8 finish, notably knocking out North American powerhouse Evil Geniuses in one of the biggest upsets of the tournament.
C. Smile and Wisper are parting ways with Beastcoast. We’re so grateful for their years of dedication and we’re proud to have sponsored the longest unchanged roster in Dota history. We wish them good luck wherever their paths take them next! pic.twitter.com/1HK4lQOaB4
— Beastcoast (@beastcoast) November 3, 2022
Beastcoast will be replacing their longtime teammates with rising stars in DarkMago and Sacred. The latter two were a huge part of Thunder Awaken's meteoric rise in the 2021-2022 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) season, which culminated with a Top 6 finish at TI11 — the deepest run for a South American team in the history of the tournament.
With rising stars joining their veteran core, Beastcoast are looking poised to dominate South America once again and push the region to even greater heights on the international stage.
“We’re back in South America for a 4th year of Dota! To help continue our legacy as the strongest team in the region, we’re excited to announce the signing of DarkMago and Sacred. Both players had incredible TI performances, and we’re looking forward to their significant contributions to the team," Beastcoast general manager Colin Bashor said in a statement.
In addition to the new signings, Beastcoast have also reaffirmed Stinger as team captain.
"Stinger has been drafting for us since the beginning and has been a fantastic leader, so this was an easy decision to make,” added Bashor.
"I'm really excited to play this season. I have a lot of faith and trust in this team. I believe our discipline will set us apart from other teams. This new season format is much improved and we will fit perfectly for it," said Stinger.
With so much of the Dota 2 competitive scene cantered around TI and its multimillion-dollar prize pools, most teams are formed with the goal of getting to the game's world championship tournament in a bid to claim the Aegis of Champions and the lion's share of the massive prize pool.
But only one team can win TI, with Tundra Esports being crowned as the champions of TI11 this year. With that, the rest of the scene are now scrambling to assemble the best rosters possible to try again next year.
Expect more massive roster changes in the coming weeks as Dota 2's post-TI roster shuffle continues.
Héctor "K1" Rodríguez
Gonzalo "DarkMago" Herrera
Rafael "Sacred" Yonatan
Elvis "Gōjira" Peña
Steven "Stinger" Vargas
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