Manila Major isn’t even over yet and Dota pro scene faces another drama. Team Secret’s offlaner has left the team to join his former comrades at Evil Geniuses. With poor showing at recent LAN events from both Evil Geniuses and Team Secret people speculated that this was bound to happen, but the way in which it took place left people flabbergasted. Everyone thought that they might stick together until after The International. Both Secret and Evil Geniuses had a stint of terrible performance after the winter shuffle. Team Secret, which looked unstoppable on paper, had a series of bad result which probably prompted Universe to leave the squad. With Universe leaving a major hole in the current roster, Team Secret was quick to fill the void with ex-EG player Bulba. It seems like the union didn’t ended on nice terms as Team Secret’s owner Kemal Sadikoglu tweeted saying that Universe has “abandoned” Team Secret.
Speculations are being made that Aui is also getting kicked out of Evil Geniuses making way for renounced offlaner and jungler ‘Zai’ but nothing is confirmed as of now.
This shuffle raises a major question, whether both the teams should get invited to the upcoming TI6. Although it seems fair not to invite them, Valve’s guidelines about the roster lock states that teams will loose invite to Major or Regional Qualifiers and doesn’t mentions anything about The International. Even then it seems like Team Secret will be going through Open Qualifiers as tweeted by Kemal. If both the teams have to opt for Open Qualifiers then future of both teams participating in The International seems rather uncertain as bo1 format is quite punishing and both the teams haven’t played qualifiers for a long time.
Whatever is going through the minds of players it is sure that reddit now has some hot topics to keep the reddittors busy.
Kemal Sadikoglu’s tweet:
Valve’s Roster Lock Guidelines: