The Japan based SEA organization goes out with a bang, dropping its roster just days after a LAN victory at Cobx Masters 2019 Phase II.
Southeast Asian squad Yoshimoto DeToNator (also known as simply DeToNator) has announced that it’s Dota 2 division has disbanded, just days after the squad claimed a 1st place finish against its regional rivals at Cobx Masters 2019 Phase II. That 1st place finish marked the team’s third non-qualifier event victory of the season, but it would appear that those successes were not enough to keep the roster together. The first move leading up to this disband can be traced back just a few weeks ago to the departure of Ryan “Bimbo” Jay Qui, as the veteran player opted to leave the roster of DeToNator to accept a place in the lineup of regional rival Mineski. While the team carried on up until now with the help of stand-ins, it appears that the players and the organization will go their separate ways rather than attempt to rebuild the roster.
In the organization’s announcement of this disband, DeToNator did not specify whether it would be looking to field a new team in the near future. With the Pro Circuit season nearing its end, the prospects for a newly formed team to make an impact at that level or compete in the TI9 Qualifiers would be somewhat stunted. Add onto the that the fact that the traditional post-TI roster shuffle period will likely lead to some big free agent options this offseason, and there is a certain wisdom to perhaps waiting things out before looking to put together another roster. As for the now former players of DeToNator, this disband still leaves them with some opportunities to pursue before the end of the season. With one final round of Pro Circuit qualifiers to be played, and a potential uptick in roster spots in the wake of the upcoming Minor/Major pair, the newly minted free agents should have solid prospects for finding new squads in the coming days.
The former roster of DeToNator prior to the disband:
Benhur “Benhur” Lawis (Mid)
Samson Solomon Enojosa “Sam_H” Hidalgo (Offlane)
Kenneth “Flysolo” Coloma (Support)
Ralph Richard “RR” Peñano (Support)