Following their poor showing at the ESL One Mumbai 2019 Dota 2 tournament, the unsponsored stack named Team Team have decided to...

AW by Asura World in Apr 23, 2019
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Following their poor showing at the ESL One Mumbai 2019 Dota 2 tournament, the unsponsored stack named Team Team have decided to make a couple of changes ahead of the MDL Disneyland Paris Major in May.

Players, Nico “Gunnar” Lopez and Jason “Newsham” Newsham, who played position two and four, respectively, were recently dropped from the team’s official roster.

Team Team were a last-minute addition to ESL One Mumbai 2019 to round out the tournament’s eight participants. This was after as many as five Dota 2 teams backed out from what was India’s biggest Dota 2 tournament yet due to scheduling conflicts.

Led by Jacky ‘EternaLEnVy’, the North American side stormed out of the gates running. They went undefeated in the Group Stages. However, everything would unravel rather quickly come playoff time. Mineski swept them in the opening rounds of the Upper Bracket before suffering yet another sweep at the hands of TNC Predator in the lower brackets.

Team Team was officially registered as part of the Dota Pro Circuit last September. The name takes inspiration from a similarly named team headlined by the TI3 winner Jonathan “Loda” Berg, that played Defense of the Ancients professionally back in 2006-2007.

Initially, players such as Guilherma Silva “Costabile” Costábile, Eric “Ryoya” Dong, Braxton “Brax” Paulson, Newsham and Michael “ixmike88” Ghannam made up the lineup. Since then, only Brax and ixmike88 remained. Costabile left to go back to South America and join WP Gaming. His replacement, Samuel “Sammyboy” Anderson, also eventually left in March. Ryoya left to join up with Flying Penguins, with Gunnar coming in as his replacement.

EternaLEnVy was actually one of the latest addition to the lineup. The well-travelled one-time Major winner joined Team Team for the MDL Disneyland Paris Major.

It’s not unusual for Dota 2 teams to try and experiment with their rosters throughout the season. In fact, Valve’s lax policy on roster changes helps encourage this kind of experimentation. However, the recent Team Team roster shuffle seems to have made some waves in recent days. This is mostly because of the conflicting reports. Gunnar, in particular, mentioned previously that he had left the team along with Newsham. Later on, he would backtrack on his initial statement. He’d then go on to say that both “were kicked” or removed from Team Team.

This small spark was obviously enough to start a heated discussion within the Dota 2 community. Some have even gone as far as to point out EternaLEnVy’s history of messing with a team’s lineup after joining. This is true, to some extent. Case in point, he once joined Cloud9 and was alleged to have been the brains behind kicking player-turned-streamer WehSing “Singsing” Yuen for Adrian “FATA-” Trinks. EternaLEnVy was once again pointed out as the mastermind behind the kicking of both Rasmus Berth “MiSeRy” Filipsen and Aliwi “w33” Omar.

Others within the Dota 2 community have long dismissed such rumors as, what they are, baseless allegations. But, that didn’t really stop player-turned-caster, Kyle “Kyle” Freedman, from calling out EternaLEnVy.

Right there on the panel at the ESL One Mumbai 2019, Kyle called out how this was EternaLEnVy’s usual strategy. Saying that, EternaLEnVy would often go on to join a squad and convince everyone there that the lineup needs changing after one unfavourable tournament result or another. Kyle ends his discussion by pointing out that heroes show loyalty, honor, and faith, and that fans should “stop rooting for the villain.”

According to fan favourite professional Dota 2 player, Mason “mason” Venne, Team Team have since replaced Gunnar and Newsham with Ryoya, otherwise known as 747, and Timothy “tmt” Ong. This is, however, unconfirmed as of the time of writing.
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