The Chinese squad finds itself down to just 3 members following the departure of its 2 longest tenured players.
The Post-TI roster shuffles rages on in the Dota 2 world, as Chinese squad Newbee has joined the parade of squads looking to make changes to their lineups in the hopes of finding success in the new Pro Circuit season. Last season, the team opted to keep its entire roster intact following a 2nd place finish at TI7, and while that consistency helped Newbee make a return to the TI stage this season, the team finished with a somewhat disappointing 13th-16th place position in Vancouver. Now, it appears that the Chinese squad will be making changes to its roster this time around, as both offlaner Damien “kpii” Chok and support player Hu “Kaka” Liangzhi have announced that they are leaving the organization. The move leaves Newbee with just 3 players signed to its roster with around a week remaining before the registration deadline.
With kpii and Kaka now released to free agency, there is assuredly going to be an incredible amount of interest from squads hoping to secure the services of 1 or both players. Rumors had already been circulating regarding both players prior to this announcement, and it now appears that some may have more truth to them than previously believed. Wherever kpii and Kaka end up this season, they will bring top level talent and a wealth of international experience with them that is sure to have a significant impact on their new squads. As for Newbee, the Chinese powerhouse finds itself in need of new players to fill out its vacancies in the offlane and support positions. If even half of the rumored roster moves and changes in the Chinese region end up actually happening, then Newbee will likely have a multitude of players to chose from, but as of now the team has not announced any plans in terms of new additions to the lineup.
The roster of Newbee following the departure of Kaka and kpii:
Xu “Moogy” Han (Carry)
Song “Sccc” Chun (Mid)
Zeng “Faith” Hongda (Support, Captain)
Wang “SanSheng” Zhaohui (Coach)
Zhu “CaoMei” Chao (Manager)