The Romanian midlaner joins the South American orgnaization following multiple runs as a stand-in.
The South American region sees an infusion of international talent today, as a much anticipated roster move becomes official for paiN Gaming. The Brazilian organization officially introduced Aliwi “w33” Omar as the team’s new midlaner. The roster move comes as an expected change for many in the Dota 2 scene, as word had already spread that w33 was en route to South America and paiN Gaming appeared like the most obvious landing point for him. When the squad announced the departure of midlaner Danilo “Arms” Silva yesterday, everything was set in place for this high profile addition to the team’s roster.
For Arms, the move leaves him as a free agent within the South American scene. The good news for him is that most of the major contenders in the region have already broken the roster lock at this point in the season, meaning there will be little to no eligibility concerns should he find another team to play for. Arms had already served as a stand-in for Midas Club in the joinDOTA League Season 12 America just days before his removal from paiN Gaming, so it seems likely that he will find some team in the region that will bring him onto their roster. Arms was only a member of paiN Gaming for one month, and that span didn’t see the team find any success on the Pro Circuit. However, he did help paiN Gaming make a 2nd place run at the World Electronic Sports Games 2017, a feat which potentially makes Arms a valuable commodity for other teams in the region.
For paiN Gaming, the addition of w33 brings a level of international experience and success that the team has been somewhat lacking so far this season. An influx of new ideas and strategies stemming from w33’s time in both the European and North American regions could also add a new facet to paiN Gaming moving forward. The final months of the season will be an even more important time now for the team than it may have been previously, with the squad needing to use these last few opportunities to work towards integrating w33 into the lineup. While the team remains ineligible for direct invites to TI8 and the TI8 Regional Qualifiers, the new look roster for paiN Gaming will enter the TI8 Open Qualifiers as one of the more formidable teams in the South American region.
The roster of paiN Gaming following the addition of w33:
- William “hFn” Medeiros (Carry)
- Aliwi “w33” Omar (Mid)
- Otávio “Tavo” Gabrie; (Offlane)
- Danylo “Kingrd” Nascimento (Support) (Captain)
- Heitor “Duster” Pereira (Support)