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The Post-DPC Roster Shuffle Begins (UPDATED)

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Post DPC Roster Shuffles Vikin.gg Tobi
Vikin.gg are a man down! (Credit: Vikin.gg via Twitter)

The Dota Pro Circuit 2021 is still technically underway, but some teams are already making serious changes to their rosters! Here's what happened so far!

Let's start by saying that Dota 2's Lower Division for the DPC 2021 was probably not thought out very well and the criticism towards Valve was well-deserved. During the first season of the DPC, we already saw teams break the rules and get disqualified for match-fixing. Why? Because being at the bottom of the Lower Division yields no return aka they're not getting paid. Without further ado let's see which teams already made changes!

March 17 Update

B8 merge with XactJlepbI

Just a week ago we reported that Leonardo "RdO" Fernandes probably left the B8 roster. Now it's clear that the rest of the Brazilians (Diego "Sexyfat" Barini and Heitor "Duster" Pereira) are also out. This left B8 with two players, Danil "Dendi" Ishutin and Sergey "[T]SA" Timchenko. What's even worse the team was at the bottom of the Lower Division which meant they lost their spot in the Dota Pro Circuit. That changed yesterday.


B8 are doing everything in their power to keep their head above water. After merging with XactJlepbI the team gets to stay in the Lower Division for Season 2 of the Dota Pro Circuit. The roster is as follows:

  • Alimzhan “Watson” Islambekov
  • Daniel “Dendi” Ishutin
  • Vladislav “DkFogas” Frolov
  • Sergey “[T]SA” Timchenko
  • Alexsander “NoFear” Churochkin

March 10 Update

RdO leaves B8

Danil "Dendi" Ishutin's team B8 forfeited their series against Hellbear Smashers in the Snow Sweet Snow #2 tournament. This was quite surprising as it's one of the few events where B8 was not eliminated and managed to win some games.


According to cybersport.ru, Leonardo “RdO” Fernandes left B8 but there's still no official confirmation from the team. If true, the roster drops down to three players and a stand-in:

  • Danil "Dendi" Ishutin
  • Diego "Sexyfat" Barini
  • Sergey "[T]SA" Timchenko (stand-in)
  • Heitor "Duster" Pereira

Spider Pigzs Disband

Remember the two teams we mentioned above? They were at the bottom of the barrel in the EU Lower Division. Above them were Hippomaniacs and Spider Pigzs. The latter have now officially disbanded and it's uncertain whether we'll see them again.


With a fifth place in the Lower Division, Spider Pigzs would still have a spot in it during the second season but that's not what the team wanted so they chose to disband. This raises a question: What if every team from the Lower Division of the DPC simply ceases to exist? Will we see even more qualifiers?

Vikin.gg Release Tobi


We gotta say, Vikin.gg showed a lot of promise before the start of the DPC 2021. The team managed to beat some of the best in Europe and everyone had their hopes up for them. Unfortunately, their run in the first season didn't end well. They finished at 6th place (beating only OG and Team Nigma) which means they'll be dropping down to the Lower Division in Europe. Tobias "Tobi" Buchner is no longer part of the team but at least they're not disbanding!

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Don't let the picture fool you, ILTW last played for Virtus.pro. (Credit: OG)

ILTW Becomes a Free Agent

Igor "iLTW" Filatov went inactive in Virtus.pro and played for Live to Win during the first season of the DPC before the team got signed by AS Monaco Gambit. Last week Filatov officially left the Russian bears and became a free agent.


We'll probably see more of ILTW in the second season of the DPC 2021. In a way, the big roster shuffle is just beginning!

QQQ Replaces Yao as EHOME's Coach

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QQQ is the new coach of EHOME! (Credit: StarLadder)

On Tuesday, EHOME announced that Yao "Yao" Zhengzheng will no longer be the coach for the team. Instead, his place will be taken by the former coach of Team Aster Yao "QQQ" Yi. The latter is 35 years old and probably one of the most experienced players in the Chinese Dota 2 scene. EHOME are currently in 6th place but they have yet to play against PSG.LGD, Elephant and LBZS so a lot can still change. Let's hope the new coach will give them that extra they need!

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Infamous were among the favorites for the SA region. (Credit: Infamous)

Mr.Jeans Leaves Infamous

Not too long ago, Infamous completed their lineup with Jean "Mr.Jeans" Natividad. Now, two months later they part ways. Infamous earned sixth place in the Upper Division of the DPC in South America and they'll continue to compete there in the second season.

Kpii and Febby leave TNC

Damien "kpii" Chok and Kim "Febby" Yong-min are no longer part of TNC Predator. Kpii joined TNC back in September 2019 while Febby was a recent addition from this January.


The team played in the SEA Upper Division of the DPC 2021 and managed to get fourth place. Sadly, that's not good news as it means no Singapore Major and only 100 points earned so far. The latter will also be reduced as the team will suffer a penalty for changing players. The two players to replace them were already announced.


The two new players are both quite experienced and last played for Omega Esports. The TNC roster is once again complete:

  • Kim "Gabbi" Villafuerte
  • Armel Paul "Armel" Tabios
  • Jun "Bok" Kanehara
  • Timothy John "Tims" Randrup
  • Marvin "Boomy" Rushton

Drew out of BOOM Esports

Andrew "Drew" Halim is no longer part of BOOM Esports.


BOOM Esports placed right after TNC Predator in the SEA Upper Division of DPC 2021. Much like TNC they won't be going to the major but at least they get to keep their spot in the division for next season.

That's all there is for now, but as we've already mentioned the big shuffling is only beginning so expect a whole lot of roster changes in the following weeks.

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