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
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