The CIS organization is ceasing all activity related to its Dota 2 roster.
Just a few short days after its elimination from the Dota 2 Asia Championships 2018 Major, CIS organization Effect has announced that it is ending its run with its Dota 2 roster effective immediately. The organization and the players have agreed to part ways with just a few months remaining in the Pro Circuit season. The move comes after the team’s latest appearance on the Pro Circuit stage in Shanghai, although the squad finished near the bottom of the standings again after a last place finish in February at the ESL One Katowice Major. Effect had been competing on a fairly regular basis within the CIS region, but the team couldn’t translate any of that regional success into positive results on the international level.
For the now former members of Effect, the life of free agency lies ahead with just a few months remaining in the season. At this stage, none of the players have made any indications of whether the roster will attempt to continue playing together or not. Should the team continue on together, then it is still registered with Valve and would technically still be eligible for direct invites to the Regional Qualifiers. Should the players split up and attempt to join other teams in the region, then those squads would be breaking the roster lock and would have to go through the CIS Open Qualifiers in order to reach the regional stage. At this point, the more established teams are likely locked in with their current rosters, but there are probably a number of squads within the region still looking for a player or an upgrade at a position that would take on one or more of the former Effect players.
The former roster of Effect following the disband:
- Zaur “Cooman” Shakhmurzaev (Carry) (Inactive)
- Andrey “Afoninje” Afonin (Mid)
- Vasily “AfterLife” Shishkin (Offlane) (Captain)
- Rinat “KingR” Abdullin (Support)
- Igor Andreevich “Maden” Modenov (Support)