The Brazilian squad announced the loss of its captain today as the team prepares for the final stretch of the Pro Circuit season.
The Pro Circuit season may be coming to an end soon, but it appears that the season of roster changes is still upon us in the Dota 2 world. South American squad SG e-sports has become the latest team to make late-season changes to its roster, as the team announced today that team captain and support player Lucas Raphael Ferreira “bardo” Barbosa would be leaving the team. Bardo had been a member of SG e-sports since the announcement of it s new roster at the beginning of the Pro Circuit season, and had helped the team earn its five appearances at Pro Circuit events so far this season. With his departure, the organization appears to be planing to move forward with its coach, Emilano “c4t” Ito, as a stand-in for the team’s upcoming events. As of now, it is unclear whether the team will play with c4t into the TI8 Qualifiers or if it will look for a new player to add to the roster in the time before the qualifiers begin.
The move comes as a bit of a surprise for SG e-sports, as the team stood as the only South American squad with Pro Circuit experience to still be eligible for direct invites to TI8 or the TI8 Regional Qualifier. With that eligibility lost due to the departure of bardo from the lineup, SG e-sports will now have to face the rigors of the Open Qualifiers if it wants to have a chance at playing in Vancouver this summer. Considering the team’s impressive record within its home region so far this season, it will enter the Open Qualifiers as a heavily favored team to claim a spot in the main regional qualifier.
The roster of SG e-sports following the departure of bardo
- Guilherme Silva “Costabile” Costábile (Carry)
- Adriano de Paula “4dr” Machado (Mid)
- Rodrigo Lelis “Liposa” Santos (Offlane)
- Thiago de Oliveira “Thiolicor” Cordeiro (Support)