DOTA 2 WEEKLY RECAP: November 14th / Exciting New Rosters for 2024 / ESL ONE and Much needed Changes for the New Patch.

In the world of Dota 2, change is the only constant. In this article will dive into the new up and coming Dota 2 tournament, ESL One Kuala Lumpur. We will also explore the dynamic changes to the Dota 2 2024 roster shuffle as many teams made changes that promise to reshape the competitive scene. Finally, we will look at some much-needed changes for the upcoming new patch
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DOTA 2 WEEKLY RECAP : NOVEMBER 14th 2023

In the world of Dota 2, change is the only constant. In this article will dive into the new up and coming Dota 2 tournament, ESL One Kuala Lumpur. We will also explore the dynamic changes to the Dota 2 2024 roster shuffle as many teams made changes that promise to reshape the competitive scene. Finally, we will look at some much-needed changes for the upcoming new patch along with Ringmaster.

DOTA 2 ESL ONE KUALA LUMPUR 2023: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW!

Dota 2 ESL ONE

The highly anticipated Dota 2 ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023 is set to captivate fans from December 11 to December 17, 2023. With a substantial prize pool of $1,000,000 USD up for grabs, the competition promises to be intense. Here’s what you need to know about the event:

FORMAT:

  • Group stage: Comprising two single round-robin groups, each with six teams. All series in this stage will consist of two games. The first and second-place teams will secure spots in the Playoffs Upper Bracket, while the third and fourth-placed teams will find themselves in the Lower Bracket. The remaining teams will be eliminated.
  • Playoffs: A double-elimination bracket, with all matches being Best of 3 (Bo3), and the Grand Final being a Best of 5 (Bo5).

PARTICIPATING TEAMS:

Gaimin Gladiators (Invited)

LGD Gaming (Invited)

Azure Ray (Invited)

(Team spirit was initially invited but withdrew due to health reasons, and their slot has been passed to the Western European Closed Qualifiers.)

QUALIFIERS SCHEDULE:

Open Qualifiers 1: November 12 – November 13

Open Qualifiers 2: November 14 – November 15

Closed Qualifiers: November 16 – November 18

As more Dota 2 teams are confirmed for ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023, we’ll keep you updated with the latest information.

LIVESTREAM:

For fans looking to catch all the live action, the tournament will likely be streamed on the official Twitch and YouTube channels of ESL. Come back for thrilling match results and memorable moments at this prestigious Dota 2 event.

DOTA 2 POST-TI ROSTER SHUFFLE: UNVEILING TRANSFERS, RUMORS, AND BEYOND!

In the aftermath of The International, the Dota 2 competitive scene is undergoing a significant transformation. Top talents are bidding farewell to their former teams. Some teams are disbanding entirely, while others are reassembling around their star players.

The roster shuffle isn’t confined to one region; it’s a global phenomenon with notable changes happening in Europe, the Americas, China, and Southeast Asia. As the dust settles, the Dota 2 community eagerly anticipates the next round of transfers and rumors.

With the ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023 on the horizon, some teams are swiftly working on transfer policies ahead of the tournament.

HERE ARE SOME OF THE CONFIRMED TEAM CHANGES:

WINTER BEAR

Dota 2 Winter Bear

Winter Bear has unveiled its roster for ESL One Kuala Lumpur, featuring a lineup comprising lowskill, Mikey, KaChal, Merlin, and Nagato. Notably, Mikey’s presence may raise eyebrows, considering he was previously part of Nigma Galaxy. However, Mikey revealed on his X channel that despite being under contract with Nigma, they had granted him freedom to explore new opportunities. As the team gears up for the tournament, it’s an intriguing development that adds an element of excitement to Winter Bear’s potential performance on the grand stage.

OG

Dota 2 OG

After a disappointing miss at The International 12, a roster shuffle became a necessity of OG. The team bid farewell to DM and Kitrak, making way for a new lineup. The revamped roster now includes Yuragi as the safelaner, bzm taking the midlane, Wisper occupying the offlane role, Ari as the soft support, and the legendary Ceb, who also serves as the captain, stepping into the hard support position. With these changes, OG is gearing up for a fresh start, and fans are eager to see how this lineup will perform in the upcoming Dota 2 competitions.

TEAM ASTER

Dota 2 TEAM ASTER

Team Aster has recently experienced a significant transformation with a substantial roster shuffle. In a surprising move, the organization bid farewell to key players, including Monet, SumaiL, Xxs, and Kaka. The newly unveiled roster now comprises Erika, Echo, 生死 (Xiao Yihu), Frisk, and 皮球 (Pi Qiu / Yu Yajun), with Super taking on the role of coach. This revamped lineup is poised to mark a new chapter in Team Aster’s Dota 2 journey, and fans are eager to witness their performance as they venture into upcoming competitions.

TEAM FALCONS

Dota 2 TEAM FALCONS

Team Falcons has officially unveiled their much-anticipated new roster, confirming several rumors that had been circulating within the Dota 2 community. The team’s lineup for their upcoming campaigns includes Skiter in the carry position, Sneyking as the support, ATF in the carry role, Malr1ne taking the midlane, Cr1t- in the support position, and AfrOmoush as the manager. With this fresh combination of talent, Team Falcons aims to make its mark in the competitive Dota 2 scene, and fans are eager to see how this roster will perform in the upcoming tournaments.

SHOPIFY REBELLION

Dota 2 SHOPIFY REBELLION

Shopify Rebellion, North America’s Dota 2 powerhouse, endured a challenging campaign at The International, marked by a lack of teamwork and an inability to maintain crucial gold leads in pivotal matches. As a result, the organization witnessed the departure of key talents from their roster, bidding farewell to Abed “Abed” Yusop, Andreas “Cr1t-” Nielsen, and their captain, Tal “Fly” Aizik. However, Shopify Rebellion has chosen to retain the services of Artour “Arteezy” Babaev and Jonáš “SabeRLight-” Volek, aiming to construct a new competitive unit around these core players. Despite fans’ concerns, Kanishka “BuLba” Sosale continues to hold the position of coach, offering a blend of experience and guidance as the team sets its sights on a fresh start in the Dota 2 competitive arena.

TUNDRA ESPORTS

Dota 2 TUNDRA ESPORTS

Despite their triumphant victory at TI10, the champions embarked on their TI12 journey with their latest addition, Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen. Regrettably, they struggled to find their footing in the current meta and were unable to recapture their previous charm, leading to a surprising early elimination in The International 2023’s Lower Bracket Round 1 at the hands of nouns, a tier-2 team. As a result, a major roster reshuffle ensued, with the core talents parting ways with the London-based organization. Leon “Nine” Kirilin, Oliver “skiter” Lepko, Jingjun “Sneyking” Wu, and Neta “33” Shapira all left Tundra within a span of four days. Nine, in a recent Twitter post, announced an extended competitive Dota break, expressing gratitude for the past three years with Tundra, both the players and the organization. With Topson as their two-time Aegis winner, fans are eager to see how the management will construct a new team for the upcoming major. Notably, TI5 champion Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling continues to serve as the coach of Tundra, offering his valuable insights and experience to guide the team forward.

TEAM SECRET

Dota 2 TEAM SECRET

In a surprising turn of events, Team Secret, a powerhouse in the Dota 2 scene since their inception in 2014, faced an unexpected setback this year as they failed to secure a spot at The International. While many expected to see Remco “Crystallis” Arets leave the team due to struggles in the carry role, Team Secret chose to retain him, along with the experienced duo of Clement “Puppey” Ivanov and Daniyal “yamich” Lazebnyy. The departures from the active squad included Saieful “Fbz” Ilham and Armel “Armel” Tabios. In their places, two familiar faces rejoined the ranks: Miroslav “BOOM” Bičan, who assumed the offlane position, and Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng, who returned to his previous role in the mid lane. This revamped Team Secret is now gearing up for their upcoming major, and fans are eagerly awaiting their performance with this new lineup.

BOOM ESPORTS

Dota 2 BOOM ESPORTS

In a surprising and strategic move, Indonesian esports organization BOOM Esports recently made a significant shift, transitioning from Southeast Asia (SEA) to South America (SA) by introducing a new Dota 2 roster. This development swiftly followed the organization’s decision to part ways with its previous Dota 2 lineup on November 3, 2023, with the clear intent to rebuild its Dota 2 roster from the ground up. Notably, the players joining BOOM Esports were actively seeking an organization to represent, and the new lineup includes Christian “Pakazs” Savina, Jordan “SLATEM$” Vega, Rafael “Sacred” Yonatan, Farith “Matthew” Puente, and Romel “Mjz” Quinteros Rojas. This strategic move marks a fresh chapter in the organization’s journey, and Dota 2 fans are eager to witness the performance of this new roster in the South American competitive scene.

INVICTUS GAMING

Dota 2 INVICTUS GAMING

Invictus Gaming, a prominent esports team hailing from China, is renowned for its resilience and adaptability in the competitive gaming world. Despite facing a series of setbacks, the organization recently regrouped and put together a formidable squad for their upcoming ventures. In a significant roster shuffle, they disbanded a majority of their previous lineup and extended a warm welcome to a new set of talents, including Du “Monet” Peng, Cheng “NothingToSay” Jin Xiang, Thiay “JT-” Jun Wen, Ye “BoBoKa” Zhibiao, and Yap “xNova” Jian Wei. Alongside these player changes, they also introduced Gao “@dogf1ghts” Tianpeng, the coach from iG Vitality, to provide the team with guidance and expertise as they prepare for their upcoming challenges.

NOUNS

Dota 2 NOUNS

Nouns, the North American Dota 2 organization, has officially unveiled their revamped roster in preparation for the 2024 season. This announcement comes on the heels of their decision to disband their previous lineup following their 7th-8th place finish at The International 2023 (TI12). In a notable move, Nouns has chosen to retain the services of midlaner Nicolas “Gunnar” Lopez and position 4 support Rodrigo “Lelis” Santos. Additionally, they’ve welcomed the former Shopify Rebellion and Evil Geniuses team captain, Tal “Fly” Aizik, into their ranks. While the roster is still in the process of being finalized, it has been confirmed that former Entity midlaner Daniel “Stormstormer” Schoetzau and Nigma Galaxy carry player Yuma “Yuma” Langlet will join Nouns as they prepare to compete at ESL Kuala Lumpur.

TEAM LIQUID

Dota 2 TEAM LIQUID

Team Liquid, a formidable force in the Dota 2 landscape hailing from the WEU region, has recently made a significant addition to their roster in the post-TI shuffle by bringing Neta “33” Shapira on board. Following Zai’s unexpected departure from the competitive scene, Liquid found themselves in need of a top-tier offlaner. Fortuitously, Tundra Esports, the champions of TI10, are currently undergoing a transitional phase, leading to the departure of key talents from their roster. This presented an ideal opportunity for their WEU rivals to secure the Aegis-winning offlaner, 33, with ease. With this latest addition, Team Liquid has bolstered its position as a formidable contender in the upcoming Kuala Lumpur Major 2023 and will most likely take the spot that Team Spirit left behind.

BLACKLIST INTERNATIONAL

Dota 2 BLACKLIST INTERNATIONAL

Renowned Filipino esports powerhouse, Blacklist International, created waves of excitement on November 10th when they unveiled their all-Filipino Dota 2 roster for the upcoming season. The star-studded lineup includes the likes of Abed “Abed” Yusop, Kim “Gabbi” Santos, and Carlo “Carlo” Manalo. Adding to the anticipation is the return of two familiar faces, Marc Polo “Raven” Fausto and Timothy “Tims” Randrup, solidifying Blacklist’s roster as a force to be reckoned with. Fans are eagerly looking forward to witnessing this talent-packed squad in action and are thrilled to see them compete in the ESL One Kuala Lumpur Open Qualifiers.

KOMANDA X (X-MEN)

As the open qualifiers for ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023 loom on the horizon, a fresh team has emerged in the world of Dota 2 – komanda X (x-men). It’s clear that these players are gearing up for the test. The roster of komanda X comprises the following members: lil pleb, MTD, MinD_ContRoL, rmN-, and Dania. Notably, there hasn’t been any official announcement regarding MinD_ContRoL’s departure from Nigma Galaxy or MTD’s departure from American Goons, making them the only two members of the team currently associated with major teams. Dota 2 enthusiasts are eagerly anticipating the debut of this new squad in the open qualifiers, and it remains to be seen how they will fare in the competitive arena.

FIVE CRITICAL CHANGES DOTA 2 REQUIRES IN PATCH 7.35

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We have authored this article that draws inspiration from Mari “Mak” Kumaran’s piece on “5 important changes Dota 2 needs in patch 7.35”, incorporating their ideas and insights.

Patch 7.35 is on the horizon and is expected to coincide with the release of Dota 2’s latest hero, Ringmaster. This upcoming patch, coming in early 2024, holds significant changes for the game. Let’s see what is possible:

1) Nerfing Spirit Breaker: Spirit Breaker, or Barathrum, currently stands as one of the most potent heroes in Dota 2. His Charge of Darkness, in particular, needs a cooldown adjustment, especially with the introduction of Aghanim’s Scepter and Octarine Core, drastically reducing its cooldown. His talent tree also requires scrutiny, notably the level 15 talent that grants a 200-move speed bonus during charges. With his Greater Bash damage being linked to movement speed, it’s an essential aspect for rebalancing.

2) Map Changes: The game’s map itself demands some reworking. Lower-ranked players have faced difficulties acquiring Bounty Runes, Wisdom Runes, and Lotuses during the laning phase, hampering their early game impact. Relocating creep camps and introducing new warding spots in Radiant and Dire jungles is crucial to enhancing the game’s balance. With all heroes having Aghanim’s Shard, the gold reward for destroying Tormentor could be increased to assist struggling supports or teams staging comebacks.

3) Nerfing Bristleback: Bristleback has been a persistent thorn in the side of many players. His capacity to become virtually unkillable in the late game, along with fountain-diving capabilities, demands nerfs. Possible adjustments include alterations to Quill Spray and Bristleback (passive) abilities to rebalance this challenging hero.

4) Improving Dota Plus: Enhancements are needed for the Dota Plus subscription, including monthly Dota Shard rewards and additional perks for long-term subscribers. Subscription pack rates should be reconsidered, providing more flexible options. Expanding Battle Cup to include Bo3 matches and greater rewards can add an exciting competitive dimension. Improvements to Guilds, making contracts less repetitive, would enhance the experience for veteran players. 

5) Stronger Support-Based Items and New Neutral Items: With damage-dealing items becoming increasingly dangerous, support players find themselves vulnerable. The introduction of support-specific items in Patch 7.35 would empower supports during the late game. Furthermore, support-based neutral items can enhance their utility, enabling them to contribute more effectively to their teams. This would create a more balanced and dynamic environment in Dota 2.

FINAL VERDICT

Things quieted down a bit in Dota 2 after the international.

but the silence does not last for very long as pro players shift to new adventures with new teams, new teams emerge and a new hero coming to the game soon.

let us know in the comments down below if you think the new hero ” Ringmaster” is going to be balanced or straight-up BUSTED!!

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