The US support and team captain will be departing his squad and the professional scene for now.
The post-TI roster shuffle is starting to get itself going now, and amidst the rumors, speculative discussions, and somewhat vague tweet storms over the past 48 hours, there are some definitive and official moves already being made. Today, news came out of the South American region regarding one of its best organizations in SG e-sports, as the Brazilian squad announced a change to its roster. Team Captain and support player Stanley “Stan King” Yang will be departing the team, and will not be looking to join another squad prior to the September 15 roster registration deadline. According to his announcement tweet, Stan King has secured himself a job outside of professional Dota 2, and will be taking a break from Dota 2 to pursue his new employment. While the rest of his team and the North and South American Dota scenes will miss his presence, play, and leadership this season, it is always a positive to see players expanding their professional potential and branching out into new experiences.
Stan King leaves behind an SG e-sports lineup that still sits near the top of the hierarchy in the South American region. While the team’s now former captain was only with the squad for a period of around 2 months, Stan King was able to help guide it to the very precipice of greatness in the region. Under his captaincy, SG e-sports had fought its way through the TI8 South American Open Qualifier, and had placed at the top of the Group Stage standings in the main regional qualifier. In the end though, the team came up just short of qualifying for TI8 as it lost the Grand Finals of the Qualifier 2-3 to paiN Gaming. With Stan King now having left the team’s lineup, SG e-sports will be in need of both a 5th player and a new team captain heading into the 2018-2019 Pro Circuit season. The formerly all-Brazilian squad took a chance this year by adding North American players like Stan King to its roster, and the success of that experiment could leave the door open for the organization to continue pursuing an inter-regional lineup. With only around 2 weeks before the registration deadline, we shall see what moves SG e-sports chooses to make to replace Stan King as it looks to retain its place among the top teams in South America.