ppd returns to Dota 2 with new roster that includes Chessie, QO

by theScore Staff Jan 3 2017
Thumbnail image courtesy of Carlton Beener / ESL

Several months after stepping away from Evil Geniuses' Dota 2 team, Peter "ppd" Dager is forming a new team called WanteD with Rasmus "Chessie" Blomdin, Kim "QO" Seon-yeop, Jio "Jeyo" Madayag and Noah "Boris" Minhas.

"It's been kind of a crazy couple of months, ever since this divestment of this company into our hands and me kind of taking over as the CEO and doing all this business stuff that I'm not totally adjusted to, has been a lot to handle," ppd said in a video statement. "And I'm in no way stepping away from that. My number one responsibility is EG and running this company."

ppd was named CEO of EG on Dec. 12, after EG and Alliance were spun-off from Twitch. ppd has not actively played for a professional team since TI6, though he stressed that WanteD's main goal would be to practice and try to qualify for the upcoming Kiev Major.

"This team isn't a full-time team in any regard," ppd said. "We're going to be playing in a couple online qualifiers over the next couple of months, see how we do. I wouldn't expect us to be playing anymore than three to four, maybe five, Dota tournaments from here to The International. The big goal is, hopefully, we can practice when I have time and we can get good enough to the point we can qualify to The Kiev Major, maybe even qualify to TI and then go to these awesome, awesome events that Valve puts on every year and just kind of participate and be a part of it."

Much like ppd, Chessie and Jeyo have not actively played Dota since August, when they played for compLexity Gaming and Rave respectively. Chessie has been inactive on coL's roster in the interim, as he took a break to deal with health issues, while Jeyo did not join a team in the post-TI6 roster shuffle.

On WanteD, QO will be playing for his first non-Korean team in his career, having spent much of it with MVP Phoenix, with whom he placed fourth at The Shanghai Major and 5th-6th at The Manila Major and TI6. Boris is the least-known member of the new team, having played for several North American teams in the past two years, the most recent being Team Freedom.

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