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The post-TI shuffle kicks off with major changes to Quincy Crew
With the return of The International, the traditional post-TI roster shuffle is upon us. It has already started with Quincy Crew parting ways with offlaner Rodrigo ‘Lelis’ Santos. This is just the start of the shuffle because the next few weeks will be chaotic.
Quincy Crew was one of North America’s best teams over the past two years. Their performances in the Dota Pro Circuit have been solid but they didn’t achieve what they wanted at TI. Just a few hours after TI ended with Team Spirit’s victory, Lelis released a statement regarding his exit from QC.
He said, ‘Our performance at TI was a bit lacklustre especially in the group stage, but we managed to crawl out of the dumpster and collect some wins in the end. It wasn't all that bad and some teams would have probably crumbled in our situation. I am very proud and happy we managed to pull through and survive the groups and win our bo1. As for now, we are parting ways on QCY and I am evaluating my best options atm’.
QC manager Jack ‘KBBQ’ Chen talked about how the team would make some significant changes. This will be tougher compared to other top teams because QC is not backed by major sponsors which means they will have to deal with a tough recruitment process.
On the other hand, rumours are popping up about teams forming in every region. The Dota scene will significantly change in the next few weeks because top players will surely move to other teams.
An exception to this is TI10 runner up, Paris SG.LGD announced that they will retain their runner-up squad. This is a good move from the Chinese giants because they continue to prove that they are in the top tier of the Dota scene. They have faced some plucky sides in their bids to win their first Aegis of Champions.
It will be interesting to see how the rosters around the world play out because this shuffle has not happened for two years now. It will be chaotic but at the same time, it gives fans a glimpse of how the DPC will play out.
Words: Cholo Martin