theScore eSports is taking a look at all of the teams taking part in The International 5, two a day leading up to the beginning of the tournament. Today’s team is compLexity Gaming. This will be both a history of the team as well as a look at the individual players that make up the roster headed to Seattle.
compLexity are one of the less well-known teams headed to The International this year, and for good reason. The team existed way back at TI2 and only reformed in 2014 following their disbandment in late 2012.
The original coL roster may be more familiar to you than the new one; it consisted of several NA Dota 2 stars, only one of whom isn’t still active in the scene today. TC, FLUFFNSTUFF, ixmike88, Jeyo and HANNAH_MONTANA were one of North America’s best teams back in 2012; their tournament record is full of 1sts and 2nds, including first place at The Defense Season 2, the first event to be available within the Dota 2 client.
coL also had an impressive run at TI2, coming in second in their group (even taking a game off and finishing higher than returning TI champions Na’Vi). The team disbanded after their TI2 run and three of the players (FLUFF, mike and TC) were picked up by Team Liquid.
A whole new coL
The organization did not pick up another Dota 2 team until August 2014 when coL acquired stayGreen, a team of former Heroes of Newerth players who (despite plenty of drama and roster changes) had impressive records in the old game and had moved together to compete in Dota 2 in early 2014. The roster included swindlemelonzz, Limmp, Zfreek, Riser and MoonMeander.
There were some changes to be made before coL reached the roster they have today however. Riser was forced to leave the team in Nov 2014 due to tendonitis and was replaced by Bloody Nine. Unfortunately, Bloody Nine was not the player they were looking for as he lasted less than a month before being replaced himself by Dragonfist in December. In January, MoonMeander left the team and coL began trying out several different standins. In February, Limmp left to join Ninjas in Pyjamas.
No official roster announcement was made until May 2015 when Valve invited the team to the TI5 Americas Qualifiers, but it seems that coL’s many months of trying out players had paid off. compLexity’s new roster was now Zyzz, swindlemelonzz, a returned MoonMeander, Zfreek and Fly/Simbaaa.
This revitalized roster barreled through the Americas Qualifier, their only “loss” coming in a 1-1 match against mousesports in the Group Stage before not dropping a single game in a pair of matches against North American Rejects.
Since then, they’ve been winning games in both the joinDota league Season 6 as well as BTS Americas where they were just recently knocked out in the Semifinal round by Summer’s Rift in a hard fought Bo3. Both teams appeared to be trying out as many strategies as possible, almost never picking the same hero twice on either team.
While it is unlikely that this team almost completely made up of TI newcomers places very highly, it may be their unpredictable HoN-like plays that allow them to take games off some of the top teams (as they have been known to do).
Luis “Zyzz” Perez was discovered by coL during their many late 2014/early 2015 tryouts and is the only player on coL who did not get his start in Heroes of Newerth. He has been playing DotA and Dota 2 for many years, but this is his first major professional team.
Somewhat like SumaiL or Arteezy, he is a pubstar that has been given a chance to shine on an international stage (pun fully intended). As a Mexican he also holds the distinction of being the first person from Latin America to participate in The International as a player.
Kyle “swindlemelonzz” Freedman is part of a duo of brothers that have been playing together for a long time. Their HoN team stayGreen won five consecutive LANs before the team decided to make the switch to Dota 2 in early 2014.
coL picked them up in August that same year and the rest is history. Both himself and his brother have stuck with the organization through the many roster changes and are now reaping the reward of their hard work with a ticket to Dota 2’s biggest tournament of the year. He plays the middle lane for the team and has a 100% competitive winrate over six games on Troll Warlord, though we’re unlikely to see him play the hero since his pick/ban rate fell off hard after the introduction of patch 6.84.
Yet another former HoN player, David "MoonMeander" Tan has a significant fan following thanks to his popular and entertaining streams that sometimes included inspirational speeches.
He began as a HoN pubstar before playing for Trademark eSports in late 2011, moving to coL HoN in 2013. He moved yet again in August 2014 to stayGreen, a highly successful HoN team who were making the switch to Dota 2. It wasn’t long before coL picked up that squad, and the latest incarnation of coL Dota 2 was born.
A team consisting entirely of stand-ins known as Stay Free appeared during The Summit 2 featuring MoonMeander and famed EG drafter ppd, but it didn’t last long and dropped out during the group stages.
MoonMeander left coL in January 2015, stating “I realized that I wasn't the right fit, both mentally and mechanically. I also need some time to rediscover what I truly want to do in life, thus I've decided to take my leave from the compLexity Dota team” but once the roster stabilized, Moon was back and ready to take on TI5.
Zakari “Zfreek” Freedman is of course the other half of the Freedman brothers. Younger and quieter than his outspoken brother, he is nonetheless a force to be reckoned with in both jungle and support roles. He has been playing with swindlemelonzz since he was added to his brother’s team (notably, ppd was kicked from that same team to make room for Zfreek, marking the start of a feud among the NA players).
Tal “Fly” Aizik (also known as "Simbaaa") is also an ex-HoN player, but he made the switch to Dota 2 much earlier than his teammates. As one of the longest running members of Fnatic’s HoN squad, he made the switch to Dota 2 with the team in March 2012. Fnatic was where he met his longtime friend and teammate (BigDaddy)N0tail, who stayed with when the two left Fnatic to help form Team Secret in late 2014.
However, when Team Secret went through some roster changes in Dec 2014/Jan 2015, BigDaddy and Fly (now sometimes known as Simbaaa) went their separate ways. While BigDaddy was picked up by Cloud9, Fly joined his old Fnatic teammate H4nni in forming Meepwn’d, a relatively short-lived European Dota 2 squad. Meepwn’d officially disbanded in March 2015, and Fly began trying out for coL before being officially signed in May.
His father holds many black belts and is the creator of Commando Krav Maga, which touts itself as a variation on Krav Maga used by the Israeli military in hand to hand combat situations. Fly, an Israeli native himself, follows in his father’s footsteps by being one of the most ripped Dota 2 players out there.
Annabelle "Abelle" Fischer is a writer for theScore eSports with a love for Dota 2, birds and cheese. You can follow her on Twitter.