After middling success in the CIS region and the loss of its captain, the organization is parting ways with its Dota 2 lineup.
The start of the Chongqing Major may be just around the corner, but the action in the Dota 2 world is not limited to just the Pro Circuit stage. Some news came out of the CIS region today, as Team Spirit officially announced that it would be parting ways with its Dota 2 roster, effective immediately. The team had been enjoying a small degree of success within its home region so far this season, with the team having earned itself 12 Top 4 finishes in 19 non-Open Qualifier appearances, including 1st place runs at CryptØmasters and the Autumn Cup in October, and I Can’t Believe It’s Not Summit! in December. Unfortunately, the team’s success in those smaller competition never translated into a berth at a Pro Circuit event, and the recent departure of team captain Artsiom “fng” Barshack appears to have been the final nail in the coffin for this Team Spirit lineup.
As of right now, it is unclear what the future holds for both Team Spirit as an organization, and for its now former players. The quartet of oliver, Nine, HesteJoe-Rotten, and Biver could potentially look to remain together and form a new squad in the near future, or the players could all end up going their separate ways and looking for roster vacancies with other teams in the Europe and CIS regions. Team Spirit as an organization will almost certainly be looking for a new roster to play under its banner, and will likely be on the lookout for a CIS lineup to sign after the conclusion of its experiment with a mostly European roster.
The former roster of Team Spirit:
Oliver “oliver” Lepko (Carry)
Leon “Nine” Kirilin (Mid)
Mikki Mørch “HesteJoe-Rotten” Junget (Offlane)
Malthe “Biver” Winther (Support)
Vitalij “Sword Art” Petkin (Coach)
Ruslana “DKLana” Berest (Manager)