MVP Phoenix disbands, MVP HOT6ix and MVP Aegis rosters merge, MVP Revolution relocating to South Korea

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MVP have disbanded their MVP Phoenix team following the exodus of their players, while MVP Aegis will merge into MVP HOT6ix and play under that banner, according to a statement from MVP social media manager Felix "JeeF" Jedelhauser.

"Since MVP Phoenix disbands, MVP HOT6ix is merging with MVP Aegis. So the remaining two teams are going to be MVP HOT6ix and MVP Revolution," JeeF told theScore esports.

The new MVP HOT6ix roster has not been finalized yet, but regardless of the final primary roster, the team will be open to utilizing substitute players.

"We are still rotating and experimenting a little bit with the available players but hopefully we are able to announce the final roster very soon," JeeF said. "Additionally we are going to work definitely with subs."

As for MVP Revolution, the organization's recently acquired Kyrgyzstan team, they will be relocated to South Korea in the MVP team house. They will work closely with the organization, but that does introduce possible issues with communication and culture.

"I hope the culture shock won't be too big for them but I'm pretty sure they will love Korea," JeeF said. "And just in case we are going to make them have a unforgettable memory there with all the great food, places and people.

"Since all players of MVP Revolution are from Kyrgyzstan right now there won't be any in-game issues, but we are aware that there might be any future problems related the communication. So both sides are getting taught in English and we will try to teach them also lessons in Korean. A clear communication is a very important tool in a professional construct like a team or organisation, especially if you want to run it efficiently [and] successfully."

The MVP Revolution roster previously competed in the CIS region, but it's undecided whether they'll continue to do so after they move to Korea, or switch to competing in Southeast Asia or China.

MVP Phoenix were the premier team representing South Korean Dota 2. They placed in 5th-6th at The International 2016, but at the recent Boston Major 2016, they finished in 9th-16th after losing their Round of 16 match against eventual champions OG. Since then, every single Phoenix player has left the team.

Lee "Forev" Sang-don was the first departure as he went to join B)ears, while Kim "DuBu" Doo-young has moved to America to play with Team Onyx and Jimmy "DeMoN" Ho. Kim "QO" Seon-yeop has joined WanteD alongside Evil Geniuses CEO Peter "ppd" Dager, Kim "Febby" Yong-min was signed by Fnatic and finally, Kim "Velo" Tae-sung has registered for the Major with Geek Fam.

MVP have quickly gone from four teams down to two, and in many ways the organization have gone back to square one, but they hold the same international ambitions.

"Like before our goal is the international stage, playing among the elite of the world," JeeF said. "But time [and] trust is needed to form young talented players to evolve themselves individually and as a team. Hopefully they can follow in the footsteps of MVP Phoenix anytime."

Dennis "Tarmanydyn" Gonzales is a news editor for theScore esports who enjoys whiskey, D&D and first-picking Abaddon Slardar Clinkz Medusa Oracle a P90 my Souvenir Negev Discipline Priest Pharah.You can follow him on Twitter.

LGD.Forever Young sign White, swap Jixing and Yao with main roster

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LGD.Forever Young have signed Lei "White" Yipei to replace Zhang "Xiao8" Ning and have swapped Yao "Yao" Zhenzheng to LGD's main roster for Xiao "Jixing" Zihao, according to Valve's Dota 2 Major Registration page.

Yao was moved to the Forever Young roster in September along with Xiao8 and Luo "lpc" Puchao when the roster was formed. He'll be headed back to the main roster, while Jixing, who replaced Yao on the main roster, will now be taking his place on LGD.FY.

Xiao8 retired earlier this month, and was the captain for the LGD.FY roster. He'll be replaced by White, a relatively unknown player, who will be filling the support role on the team.

LGD.FY recently placed 5th-8th at the Boston Major and fifth in the Dota 2 Professional League Season 2 Top Division.

Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.

Cloud9 returns to Dota 2 with ex-Imperial roster

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The all-Danish former roster of The Imperial has signed with Cloud9, the organization announced Thursday.

Cloud9 announced their return to Dota 2 through a post on the Red Bull Esports website. C9 CEO Jack Etienne said that his organization believes in the future of the game.

"Dota 2 is and will continue be a top esports title for the foreseeable future," Cloud9 CEO Jack Etienne told Red Bull. "Cloud9 is always looking to participate in the most exciting and relevant esports titles."

Jon "13abyKnight" Andersen said that the team's perseverance is one of the qualities that gives it an advantage.

"Every team has issues and the easy thing to do is to throw in the towel, look for another team or just quit altogether," he said. "Sticking together and learning from your mistakes, not being too hard on one another but instead looking inwards and improving as a player and a human being is what sets apart good teams from the best."

While the roster was with The Imperial, they finished fourth-place finish at DreamLeague Season 6, and earned a seat at the regional qualifier after running the gauntlet at the the Boston Major EU open qualifiers. They did not make it to the Major itself after finishing 5th-10th at the Europe qualifier with a 4-5 record in the round robin.

The roster left The Imperial on Dec. 9, at which point the organization's CEO Oli Adams noted that "the opportunity they've been offered was something we could not compete with," and that "It is upsetting that organisations such as ourselves can't grow when bigger ones come knocking."

The roster was known as the Danish Bears before they signed with the Imperial, and they narrowly missed qualification for several major events. They did manage to defeat Ad Finem 3-0 in the Rumble Town finals after victories over RoX and Prodota Gaming.

The new Cloud9 Dota 2 roster is now as follows:

  • Marcus "Ace" Hoelgaard
  • Jon "13abyKnight" Andersen
  • Mikki "HesteJoe-Rotten" Junget
  • Danny "Noia" Junget
  • Christopher "Ryze" Winther

Josh "Gauntlet" Bury is a news editor for theScore esports. You can find him on Twitter.

MVP acquire NoLifer5.Reborn, team renames to MVP Revolution

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MVP have acquired Kyrgyzstan-based Dota 2 team NoLifer5.Reborn and have dubbed the roster MVP Revolution, according to MVP's social media manager Felix "JeeF" Jedelhauser on Monday.

The news closely follows Kim "DuBu" Doo-young's departure from MVP Phoenix earlier today to form Team Onyx with North American Dota 2 veterans Jimmy "DeMoN" Ho and Sam "BuLba" Sosale.

It's not clear why the Korean organization chose to pick up a non-Korean, Kyrgyz team as their secondary squad, but the former NL5.R roster have shown some promising results at the tail end of 2016.

The team primarily competes in the CIS region, but during the national competition, WESG 2016, they competed in the Asia Pacific Finals. There, NL5.R topped their group over lesser MAX.Y and Power Gaming to move on to the playoffs and later swept TNC Pro Team 2-0 in the quarterfinals and swept Signature.Trust 2-0 in the semifinals, the team who notably defeated MVP Phoenix 2-1 in the quarterfinals. NL5.R later lost 2-1 in Grand Finals against To.be.or.not.to.be, which features former Newbee Young players Zhou "Lwy" Xinyi and Zhang "MelodyLovers" Hangqi.

MVP now have four Dota 2 rosters under their banner after rebranding NL5.R to MVP Revolution, joining the team's primary roster MVP Phoenix and the other secondary squads, MVP HOT6ix and MVP Aegis.

Here's what MVP Revolution's roster looks like:

  • Bektur "Runec" Kulov
  • Duulat "StormC4t" Subankulov
  • ilgiz "NapaleoshQa" Djunuşaliev
  • Džoni "Blizzy" Ri
  • Bakyt "Zayac" Emilzhanov

Dennis "Tarmanydyn" Gonzales is a news editor for theScore esports who enjoys whiskey, D&D and first-picking Abaddon Slardar Clinkz Medusa Oracle a P90 my Souvenir Negev Discipline Priest. You can follow him on Twitter.

The most memorable Dota 2 moments of 2016

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From rough seas in Shanghai to the top of the world at TI, this was a year full of surprises in Dota 2. In 2016 we saw teams like OG and Wings Gaming ascend with standout performances from new stars and old veterans, while the largest prize pool in esports continued to grow and the game itself changed dramatically.

Good and bad, here's what we'll remember most about Dota 2 in 2016.

'James is an ass'

Where to begin with The Shanghai Major?

The second Major tournament in the 2015-2016 season was marred by production problems, from extreme delays between games, stream lag, frequent audio issues, missing equipment and a lack of food and water for staff. The problems were so bad and so numerous that before the second day of the group stage ended, Valve made the unprecedented decision to fire the English host, James "2GD" Harding, and KeyTV, the production company responsible for the event broadcast.

The move was announced by Valve co-founder Gabe Newell in a Reddit post, in which he declared, "James is an ass, and we won't be working with him again" — a statement that would fuel memes for months to come.

Old Man Fear retires

After 10 years in competitive Dota, Clinton "Fear" Loomis retired from play in August to become Evil Geniuses' coach. Fear ended his playing career as arguably the greatest American Dota player, and one of the best in the world. As the man himself said:

EternalEnvy vs. Team Secret

In October, Jacky "EternalEnvy" Mao accused Team Secret — who he helped win The Shanghai Major — of delaying payments and taking a cut from players' tournament winnings without their consent. EE further alleged that team captain Clement "Puppey" Ivanov was verbally abusive and refused to take blame for any of the team's mistakes.

The lengthy blog post gained a great deal of traction in the Dota community. Secret and Puppey only indirectly addressed the allegations.

The Great Fall of China

While the Shanghai broadcast suffered under mismanagement, Chinese teams were having a meltdown of their own.

Going into the event, Chinese invites EHOME, CDEC Gaming and Vici Gaming were riding high on months of strong performances. In the qualifiers, LGD Gaming and Newbee looked to be in top form.

Yet only LGD qualified for the upper bracket after the group stage, where they were promptly knocked down by MVP Phoenix. Not a single Chinese team made it to the Top 8 — precipitating the breakup of almost every roster that attended in the following months.

The rise of Slacks

It turns out Jake "SirActionSlacks" Kanner is the hero Dota 2 deserves.

While he has created content and made appearances at tournaments in years past, 2016 marked the first time Dota's top memer appeared as an interviewer at TI6, as well as the Manila and Boston Majors. Though the choice was initially controversial among fans, Slacks rose to the occasion with interviews and segments that struck just the right balance between serious Dota and comedy.

The first comeback from Mega Creeps in a ticketed match

Game 1 of EHOME vs. Evil Geniuses' upper bracket series at TI6 offered up 75 minutes of the most riveting Dota fans had ever experienced.

After what seemed like ages of back-and-forth battles, EHOME destroyed EG's last barracks to secure Mega Creeps at 71 minutes. EG needed to play perfectly to have any hope — which is exactly what they did. EHOME pushed too far and were repeatedly caught off guard by the American team, who played knowing that they have nothing left to lose.

Ad Finem's 300 moment

Ad Finem was the first European team to qualify for The Boston Major, defeating established teams like Team Liquid and Team Secret in the process. By the time the Major ended, Ad Finem had garnered a legion of fans through their aggressive play and their adamant refusal to give up.

In the playoffs, Ad Finem secured wins over Newbee and LGD.ForeverYoung before crushing Digital Chaos 2-0 in the semifinals. The crowd fell in love with the Greek team, cheering on their enthusiastic celebrations and rooting for them even when they were losing. And they did ultimately lose, 3-1 to OG in the Grand Finals, but their dogged persistence turned their one win in Game 3 into the best game of the event.

The puppet panel

Fans who tuned in for the TI6 pre-game discussion were surprised to see the analyst desk mysteriously transformed...

Wings Gaming conquer TI6

Wings Gaming were one of the few teams that didn't change their roster in the 2015-2016 season, sticking together even as every major competitor in their region disassembled. Though Wings missed both the Frankfurt and Shanghai Majors, they took the opportunity to learn and grow stronger, rather than try to infuse fresh blood.

That perseverance paid off at TI6, where they stormed through the upper bracket to defeat Digital Chaos 3-1 in the Grand Finals and win the largest prize in esports history.

Dota 7.00

Just when the pros thought they had the game mastered, Valve dropped the biggest patch since the initial release of Dota 2.

An overhauled map with shrines and a new Roshan pit, the new hero Monkey King, a new HUD and user-scripted training bots were just a few of the dramatic changes and additions to the game. Along with some standard-issue balance tweaks, every hero was given a new talent tree that dramatically changes the way players build them.

It's not an exaggeration to say that 7.00 flipped the Dota 2 meta on its head, and the effects it will have on competitive play have yet to truly be felt. But if nothing else, 7.00 heralds a fresh and exciting 2017 for Dota.

Preston Dozsa is a news editor for theScore esports whose journalism idol is Dino Ghiranze. You can follow him on Twitter.

Dota update 7.01 adds Necrophos to CM, adjusts XP curve

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Dota 2's first post-7.00 patch has been released, and it balances a number of heroes as well as adding Necrophos to Captain's Mode and adjusting the XP required to level up in certain intervals.

Click here for the full patch notes via dota2.com

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