The South American organization is injecting a bit of veteran experience into its lineup for a run through the TI9 Qualifiers
Update: As of 3:42 PM PDT on June 21, Danilo “Arms” Silva has been removed from the team’s registered roster, though c4t has not been removed as a member of the lineup.
SG e-sports is an organization steeped in history within the South American region, as the squad was just the second South American team to ever participate in a Dota 2 Major (first Brazilian team), and was the team that won the first ever Major Qualifier specifically for the South American region. The squad was also the first South American team to ever win a series at a Valve event, with its famous 2-1 victory over Team Secret at The Kiev Major 2017. Considering all of that history, it came as something of a surprise when SG e-sports dropped its lineup in the lead up to the 2018-2019 season in order to put together a new squad made up of younger and significantly less experienced players. The youth movement has been an interesting experiment for the organization, though SG e-sports has not been able to find much success despite its young roster making some noticeable improvements over the course of the campaign. With the TI9 Qualifiers on the horizon though, the organization is looking to make some changes, bringing in some veteran experience to buoy and guide its young talent. The team’s official registered roster now includes former SG e-sports player and coach Emilano “c4t” Ito, along with former WP Gaming member Danilo “Arms” Silva. Arms appears to be set to take over the role of Midlaner for the squad, while c4t will slide into the Support position for the team. With these moves, it is assumed that the duo of Pedro “mini” Rezende and Caio “Nuages” Oliveira will no longer be a part of the team’s active roster.
c4t’s return to SG e-sports marks his third stint with the organization after playing for the squad in 2016 and 2017 before returning as a coach from December of 2017 to May of 2018. As a player, c4t captained the SG e-sports roster that appeared at The Kiev Major 2017, and also helped lead the squad to a pair of Minor appearances in the 2017-2018 season, though the squad would finish no higher than 7th in either of those events. Most recently, c4t served as the captain for WP Gaming, although with the squad’s apparent disbanding near the beginning of 2019, he has been freed up to return to his former organization in the hopes of once again raising SG e-sports to prominence both within the South American region and on the international level.
Arms does not come to the roster of SG e-sports with quite as significant a reputation as his fellow roster addition, but he is not without his own accomplishments both at home and on the international level. In 2018, Arms was a member of paiN Gaming for a period of around a month, but during that month he helped the squad make appearance both at the DreamLeague Season 9 Minor an the Dota 2 Asia Championships 2018. Arms began the 2018-2019 season on the roster of WP Gaming, but departed the squad near the end of October. Since then, he has drifted between various minor squads within the North and South American regions, and even managed to make appearances in a pair of Pro Circuit qualifiers. The experience and skill that Arms brings to the lineup is a factor that SG e-sports is hoping will complement the developing talent that is has on its roster as the squad prepares to take on its regional rival in the TI9 Qualifiers.
The roster of SG e-sports following the addition of Arms and c4t:
Vacilios “Golem” Mavrommatis (Carry)
Danilo “Arms” Silva (Mid)
Diego “Sexyfat” Barini (Offlane)
Marcello “MahhxD” Yamamoto (Support)
Emilano “c4t” Ito (Support)
Barbara “Babi” Bornia (Manager)