Dota 2 - Roster Swaps 2016

Who's going where in Europe, North America, China and Southeast Asia.

It's been nearly two months since Wings Gaming beat Digital Chaos at the KeyArena in Seattle to win The International 2016, prompting the traditional round of offseason roster changes ahead of what we now know will be The Boston Major in early December.

Wings kept its line-up together in the end, but by the time rosters were locked on September 18 it became clear they were among a tiny minority of top teams to do so. Digital Chaos, Evil Geniuses and Fnatic, the rest of the TI6 top four, all made notable changes and so did basically everybody else who plays Dota 2 professionally.

Who's gone where then? Let's break it down. Feel free to Ctrl-F your favourite team, we won't be offended.

European Dota 2 roster swaps

Alliance has added three new faces.
Alliance has added three new faces.


  • Jonathan "Loda" Berg
  • Linus "Limmp" Blomdin
  • Jonas "jonassomfan" Lindholm
  • Simon "Handsken" Haag
  • Jerry "EGM" Lundkvist

In: The veteran European organisation were busy in the offseason, signing former compLexity members Handsken and Limmp, as well as jonassomfan.

Out: Joakim "Akke" Akterhall and Henrik "AdmiralBulldog" Ahnberg are staying with the Alliance brand but won't be active on the Dota 2 roster. Gustav "s4" Magnusson also left after The International and has joined OG.


  • Vyachslav "Øxn" Brykov
  • Roman "Scandal" Sadotenkov
  • Dmitry "Ax.Mo" Morozov
  • Arsenly "ArsZeeqq" Usov
  • Eugenly "Sh4dowehhhh" Alekseev

In: All five! This is a new team formed by ex-Team Empire player Scandal, former Na'Vi players Ax.Mo and Sh4dowehhhh, and former Prodota Gaming's ArsZeeqq. Øxn is a rookie.

Out: None. Bit early for that.

Team Empire

  • Ilya "ALOHADANCE" Korobkin
  • Sergey "G" Bragin
  • Andrey "Ghostik" Kadyk
  • Yaroslav "Miposhka" Naidenov
  • Rinat "KingR" Abdullin

In: ALOHADANCE returns to Team Empire after an ill-fated spell on the disbanded roster, from whence G also arrives. Ghostik was previously on Team Spirit.

Out: Empire didn't make it to The International, prompting the departures of Scandal, Roman "RAMZES666" Kushnarev and Vasily "afterlife" Shishkin.

Team Liquid

  • Lasse "MATUMBAMAN" Urpalainen
  • Amer "Miracle-" Al-Barkawi
  • Ivan "MinD_ContRoL" Borislavov
  • Sam "BuLba" Sosale
  • Kuro "KuroKy" Salehi Takhasomi

In: Liquid have lured former OG player Miracle-, the first Dota player to secure 9,000 MR, and invited back BuLba, who was their captain until August 2014.

Out: Jesse "JerAx" Vainikka left Liquid after The International to join OG, while Adrian "FATA-" Trinks is taking a break from competitive play. (Hey, me too!)

Natus Vincere

  • Dmitry "Ditya Ra" Minenkov
  • Danil "Deni" Ishutin
  • Victor "GeneRaL" Nigrini
  • Akbar "SoNNelkO" Butaev
  • Ivan "Artstyle" Antonov

In/Out: No changes!

OG make big changes just months after their victory in Frankfurt.
OG make big changes just months after their victory in Frankfurt.


  • Johan "N0tall" Sundstein
  • Anathan "ana" Pham
  • Gustav "s4" Magnusson
  • Jesse "JerAx" Valnikka
  • Tal "Fly" Alzik

In: The storied European org made several changes in the offseason, adding JerAx from Team Liquid, s4 from Alliance, and Ana, who briefly played for Invictus Gaming this year.

Out: Miracle- and Cr1t- both chose to leave OG, Miracle- heading to Liquid and Cr1t joining Evil Geniuses, while MoonMeander has gone to beaten TI6 finalists Digital Chaos.

Team Secret

  • Pyo "MP" No-a
  • Yelk "MidOne" Nai Zheng
  • Lee "Forev" Sang-don
  • Clement" Puppey" Ivanov
  • Johan "plelledle" Astrom

In: Biiiig changes for Secret, who welcome MP and Forev from MVP Phoenix and MidOne from Fnatic.

Out: The bigger news, though, is the departures of Artour "Arteezy" Babaev, Kanushka "BuLba" Sosale and Jacky "EternalEnVy" Mao. Arteezy has gone back to Evil Geniuses, EternalEnVy to Team NP, and BuLba has returned to Team Liquid.

  • Vladimir "No[o]ne" Minenko
  • Alexei "Solo" Berezin
  • Ilya "Lil" Ilyuk
  • Roman "RAMZES666" Kusnarev
  • Pavel "9pasha" Hhvastanov

In: The whole line-up is new. RAMZES666 has been on Team Empire and Team Spirit, while 9pasha is recognisable from spells with Polarity and Vega Squadron.

Out: The previous Dota 2 roster was disbanded in June after they failed to get anywhere near The International.

North American Dota 2 roster swaps

compLexity Gaming

  • Justin "jk" Rosselle
  • Mihai "canceL^^" Antonio
  • David "Moo" Hull
  • Zakari "Zfreek" Freedman
  • Kyle "melonzz" Freedman

In: Moo, jk and canceL^^ join the brothers Freedman to complete the new-look compLexity roster. Moo arrives after helping Digital Chaos reach the final of TI6.

Out: compLexity say goodbye to Simon "Handsken" Hoag and Linus "Limmp" Blomdin, who both joined Alliance, and Rasmus "Chessie" Blomdin, now inactive due to health issues.

Digital Chaos

  • Roman "Resolu1tion" Fominok
  • Aliwi "w33" Omar
  • David "MoonMeander" Tan
  • Rasmus "MiSeRy" Filipsen
  • Martin "Saksa" Sazdov

In: Less busy than some of their rivals, The International 2016's beaten finalists added MoonMeander to replace David "Moo" Hull.

Out: Moo joined compLexity Gaming following his heroics at The International.

Evil Geniuses doing their thing at TI6.
Evil Geniuses doing their thing at TI6.

Evil Geniuses

  • Artour "Arteezy" Babaev
  • Syed Sumail "SumaiL" Hassan
  • Saahill "Universe" Arora
  • Ludwig "zai" Wahlberg
  • Andreas Franck "Cr1t-" Nielsen

In: Arteezy joins EG for the third time after a stint with Team Secret, while Cr1t- was previously with OG.

Out: Clinton "Fear" Loomis retired from pro play and becomes EG's coach, while Peter "ppd" Dager moves into a management role.

Team NP

  • Kurtis "Aui_2000" Ling
  • Jacky "EternalEnVy" Mao
  • Arif "MSS" Anwar
  • Avery "SVG" Silverman
  • Theeban "1437" Siva

In: NP is a new organisation formed by Jacky "EternalEnVy" Mao, who was most recently on Team Secret along with 1437 and Aui_2000. MSS and SVG are less well known.

Out: None, obvs.

Chinese Dota 2 roster swaps

CDEC Gaming

  • Gao "Shade" Zhenxiong
  • Lin "June" Shiyang
  • Xiao "demons" Zuoyi
  • Xue "September" Zhichuan
  • Su "Flyby" Lei

In: Lin "June" Shiyang arrives from Invictus Gaming, Xiao "demons" Zuoyi from LV Gaming and Xue "September" Zhichuan from LGD. Su "Flyby" Lei was recently on CDEC Avenger and Gao "Shade" Zhenxiong is new to the scene.

Out: Xie "Super" Junhao and Yao "Yao" Zhengzheng both move to LGD.Forever Young, while Fu "Q" Bin is off to Invictus, Liu "garder" Zinzhou moves to EHOME and Wang "Rabbit" Zhang has also departed.


  • Liu "Sylar" Jiajun
  • Wang "old chicken" Zhiyong
  • Ren "old eLeVeN" Yangwei
  • Zhang "LaNm" Zhicheng
  • Liu "Guardian" Xinzhou

In: Liu "Sylar" Jiajun joins from Vici Gaming and Liu "Guardian" Xinzhou (formerly known as "garder") comes across from CDEC Gaming.

Out: Daryl Koh Pei "iceiceice" Xiang moves to Team Faceless, while Lu "Fenrir" Chao heads to Team VG.J.

Invictus Gaming

  • Xu "BurNIng" Zhilei
  • Ou "Op" Peng
  • Lin "Xxs" Jing
  • Fu "Q" Bin
  • Ye "BoBoKa" Zhibiao

In: Xu "BurNIng" Zhilei joins from Vici Gaming, having previously been with Invictus for The International 2015. Ou "Op" Peng joins from CDEC Gaming and Fu "Q" Bin from iG Vitality.

Out: Luo "Ferrari_430" Feichi leaves iG after a long spell with the team, as does Chen "Rong" Jingwu, who is now with Newbee Young.

LGD Gaming

  • Wang "Ame" Chunyu
  • Lu "Maybe" Yao
  • Zijia "Jixing" Shang
  • Chen "Victoria" Guanhong
  • Chen "Xz" Zezhi

In: Ame, Xz and Victoria join from CDEC.Youth, while Jixing comes in from Vici Gaming Potential (now Vici Gaming Reborn).

Out: Sun "Agressif" Zheng heads to Team VG.J, Zhang "xiao8" Ning is now with LGD.Forever Young, Xue "September" Zhichuan went to CDEC Gaming and Lei "MMY!" Zengrong is currently inactive after departing LGD.


  • Xu "uuu9" Han
  • Song "Sccc" Chun
  • Damien "kpll" Chok
  • Hu "kaka" Liangzhi
  • Zeng "Faith" Hongda

In: Faith joins from TongFu but had a better-known spell with Invictus Gaming, where he won The International 2012. Sccc was part of the Newbee Young roster and uuu9 was also with TongFu.

Out: Chen "Hao" Zhihao is inactive, Zhang "Mu" Pan has retired and Wong Hock "ChuaN" Chuan also departed.

Vici Gaming

  • Yang "END" Pu
  • Zheng "ghost" Jie
  • Zhou "Yang" Haiyang
  • Xu "fy" Linsen
  • Leong "DDC" Fat-meng

In: END (formerly Zyf), Yang, fy and DDC all step up from VG.Reborn, while ghost is a relative newcomer.

Out: Liu "Sylar" Jiajun has found a new home with, uh, EHOME, while Chen "Cty" Tianyu is inactive, Xu "BurNIng" Zhilei moves to Invictus Gaming, and Bai "rOtK" Fan and Xu "Hym" Zhi both pop across to Team VG.J.

No changes at the top for Wings, although presumably they can now afford better uniforms.
No changes at the top for Wings, although presumably they can now afford better uniforms.

Wings Gaming

  • Chu "shadow" Zeyu
  • Zhou "bLink" Yang
  • Zhang "Faith_blan" Ruida
  • Zhang "y'" Yiping
  • Lee "IceIce" Peng

In/Out: The team that won The International 2016 is sticking together.

Southeast Asian DOTA 2 roster swaps


  • Khim "Gabbi" Villafuerte
  • Abed "Abed" Yusop
  • Rafael Sicat "rapy" Palo
  • Djardel "DJ" Mampusti
  • Kimuel "Kim0" Rodis

In: DJ joins after a spell with Fnatic, whereas Gabbi and rapy are newcomers.

Out: Timothy "Tims" Randrup joins Rave, Ralph Richard "RR" Penano goes to Mineski and Fernando "Nando" Mandoza also departs.


  • Chai "Mushi" Yee Fung
  • Marc Polo "Raven" Luis Fausto
  • Chong "Xin" Ohaiyo" Khoo
  • Nico "eyyou" Barcelon
  • Jimmy "DeMoN" Ho

In: Raven, eyyou and DeMoN all join from TNC Pro Team.

Out: Djardel "DJ" Mampusti moves to Execration, Adam Erwann Shah "343" bin Akhtar Hussein also departs and Zheng "MidOne" Yeik Nai has signed with Team Secret.


  • Ryan "Bimbo" Jay Qui
  • Galvin "Meracle" Kang Jian Wen
  • Ralph Richard "RR" Penano
  • Julius "Julz" De Leon
  • Michael "ninjaboogie" Ross Jr.

In: RR arrives from Execration and Meracle was previously on First Departure's roster.

Out: Carlo "Kuku" Palad and Mark "Cast" Pilar move to TNC Gaming and sub Benhur "Benhur" Lawis also leaves.

MVP Phoenix

  • Kim "QO" Seon-seob
  • Kim "Febby" Yong-min
  • Kim "Velo" Tae-sung
  • Lee "ReiseN" Jun-yeong
  • Kim "Dubu" Doo-young

In: Velo and ReiseN make the short trip from MVP Hot6ix.

Out: Pyo "MP" No-a and Lee "Forev" Sang-don both head to Team Secret.

TNC Pro Team

  • John linuel "Teehee" Abanto
  • Carlo "Kuku" Palad
  • Sam "Sam_H" Enojosa Hidalgo
  • Ryo "ryOyr" Hasegawa
  • Mark "Cast" Pilar

In: Teehee rejoins after a very short spell with Rave, where ryOyr also most recently played, while Cast was with Mineski.

Out: Marc Polo "Raven" Luis Fausto, Nico "eyyou" Barcelon and Jimmy "DeMoN" Ho have all moved to Fnatic.

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