EHOME, Keen Gaming exchange players

The two Chinese squads trade midlaners as both organizations gear up for late-season pushes on the Pro Circuit.

Chinese organizations EHOME and Keen Gaming both recently announced roster changes, as the two teams agreed to trade players in an attempt to improve their lineups heading into the last section of the Pro Circuit season. Keen Gaming sent midlaner Zhai “荧” Jingkai to EHOME in exchange for another midlaner in Wang “old chicken” Zhiyong.

The addition of 荧 EHOME’s roster may not look like a blockbuster move on paper, but at this point the Chinese squad is in desperate need of a move to shake up what has been a disappointing season so far. The team’s results in Pro Circuit qualifiers has been miserable to this point, with the team competing in nine regional qualifiers and earning just two Top 4 finishes across those appearances. The team’s status has fallen to the point where the team has also been required to make runs through Open Qualifiers to even reach the main regional qualifier stage. The team’s lone Pro Circuit LAN appearance at MDL Macau wasn’t particularly strong either, as the team missed out on a Top 4 spot at that event with a 5th place finish. The team’s fortunes this season have been about at poor as possible despite the talent and experience of its roster. This new addition may not be a drastic change, but at this point EHOME need to be willing to try anything to turn its awful season around.

The roster of EHOME following the trade:

  • Chen “Cty” Tianyu (Carry)
  • Zhai “荧” Jingkai (Mid)
  • Zhang “Faith_bian” Ruida (Offlane)
  • Xu “Hym” Zhi (Support)
  • Zhang “y`” Yiping (Support)

Team’s announcement of the trade via Weibo (Chinese)

For Keen Gaming, the situation has not been nearly so bleak, though the team is also looking to make improvements as the season comes closer to its end. The team attracted a lot of attention when it qualified for the ESL One Hamburg Major back in October, but since then things haven’t gone nearly as smoothly for the Chinese squad. The team has replaced three of its players since then, leaving only team captain Song “dark”‘ Runxi and Jiang “天命” An as the remaining players from that run at the Major. The team has yet to attend another Pro Circuit event since that initial success, though it did manage to earn a spot at the upcoming Dota 2 Asia Championships Major prior to this trade. Even with that success, Keen Gaming recognizes that it may need to make another concerted push if it wants to stay in mix within the Chinese region come time for the TI8 qualifiers, and this trade may just be what it needs to do that.

The roster of Keen Gaming following the trade:

  • Yang “MS”‘ Yongjie (Carry)
  • Wang “old chicken” Zhiyong (Mid)
  • Song “dark”‘ Runxi (Offlane) (Captain)
  • Liu “yoona”‘ Xiangkun (Support)
  • Jiang “天命” An (Support)

Team’s announcement of the trade via Weibo (Chinese)

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