Newbee has released their entire roster, according to Valve's team registration website.
Earlier this month, Hao said in a Weibo post that he would be taking at least a six month break from Dota 2, with the possibility of retiring permanently.
Due to the new two stage roster lock system Valve has implemented, it is still possible for the released players to rejoin Newbee after the first stage ends on Sept. 4.
Newbee’s history has been defined by highs and lows, from winning The International 4 to finishing TI5 in last place. Despite rebuilding their roster in September 2015, Newbee once again placed last at The Frankfurt Major, and it was only in its aftermath that began to sow the seeds for its return to the top of Dota 2.
Wong “ChuaN” Hock Chuan left Invictus Gaming to join Newbee in December, with the team subsequently placing second at the Chinese exclusive Shanghai Dota 2 Open at the start of 2016. Qualifying for their second Major, Newbee managed to avoid their third straight last-place finish at a Valve event by placing in the Top 12 at The Shanghai Major. To complete their roster, Newbee acquired Hu “Kaka” Liangzhi and Damien “kpii” Chok, at which point Newbee began to break records.
Newbee broke the record for most consecutive professional Dota 2 games won after defeating numerous Chinese teams at H-Cup in April, extending that record at EPICENTER: Moscow until their streak finally ended at 29 wins. Placing second at EPICENTER, Newbee took that momentum to a strong third place finish at The Manila Major, guaranteeing themselves an invite to TI6 in the process. Heading into TI6, Newbee won their first LAN since 2014 with a win at Nanyang Dota 2 Championships Season 2.
Yet as strong as Newbee were prior to TI6, the team struggled out of the gate in Seattle, placing third in Group B during the Group Stage. While the record was enough to guarantee a spot in the Upper Bracket, Newbee would subsequently lost to Evil Geniuses 2-0 in the Upper Bracket and Team Liquid 2-1 in the Lower Bracket to be eliminated from TI6 outside of the Top 8.
Newbee’s roster before release was as follows:
- Zhang "Mu" Pan
- Damien "kpii" Chok
- Wong "ChuaN" Hock ChuaN
- Hu "Kaka" Liangzhi
Preston Dozsa is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.