The North American squad will have a new player and a new organization heading into the 2018-2019 season.
After a stunning run on the TI stage that saw the squad earn a 7th-8th place position in Vancouver, VGJ.Storm entered the offseason with a number of questions that needed answering. First and foremost was the question of whether the squad would keep its roster intact for the new season or have 1 or more of its players depart for other teams and other regions. Another question was who the team would be playing for, as the Pro Circuit’s new restrictions on organizations having multiple teams would make the team’s long term future with Team VGJ somewhat nonviable. While we don’t have an answer to the latter question just yet, we do know what the VGJ.Storm, or former VGJ.Storm, roster will look like. Roman “Resolu1on” Fominok announced today that the majority of the team’s lineup will continue to play together in the new season. The only change to the team’s lineup will be the replacement of Jingjun “Sneyking” Wu with Saahil “UNiVeRsE” Arora at the offlaner position. Also remaining with the squad will be the team’s manager, Jack “KBBQ” Chen, while former Fnatic coach Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling is set to take over the coaching role for the squad.
With this move to the ex-VGJ.Storm roster, UNiVeRsE makes his return to the North American region after spending the second half of the 2017-2018 Pro Circuit season in the Southeast Asian region with Fnatic. The TI5 winner is coming off of a 13th-16th place finish at TI8 with Fnatic, though the Southeast Asian squad has been at the center of a number of rumors and speculation with regards to roster changes. With UNiVeRsE now set to leave the team and join the team formerly known as VGJ.Storm, it appears that at least some of the rumors surrounding Fnatic’s roster shuffle will wind up being true. As for UNiVeRsE himself, he returns to North America as a member of one of the strongest teams in the region, as VGJ.Storm, OpTic Gaming, and Evil Geniuses appear to have formed a triumvirate at the top of the North American hierarchy. By adding a player considered by many to be one of, if not the best, offlaners in the Dota 2 world, the ex-VGJ.Storm roster appears to have grown even more dangerous and formidable. No matter what organization ends up picking it up, this new iteration of the roster will almost assuredly be one of the premier teams in North America this season.
The lineup of ex-VGJ.Storm
Roman “Resolu1on” Fominok (Carry/Mid)
Yawar “YawaR” Hassan (Carry/Mid)
Saahil “UNiVeRsE” Arora (Offlane)
Arif “MSS” Anwar (Support)
Avery “SVG” Silverman (Support, Captain)
Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling (Coach)
Jack “KBBQ” Chen (Manager)