After parting ways with its European roster last month, the organization will be looking to shore up its CIS squad in the wake of the departure of one of its veterans
Aachen City Esports is an organization that many in the Dota 2 world may not be overly familiar with, as the team entered the scene in the second half of the 2018-2019 season and had its efforts largely confined to the European and CIS regions. The squad attracted a decent bit of attention when it shifted its entirely CIS based roster in to the European region, but that attention wasn’t quite enough to earn the squad success, as its lineup failed to advance out of the Open Qualifier Stage in the TI9 Qualifiers. In the wake of that run, the organization opted to shift its CIS lineup into a reserve role, signing European squad Epic Name for their run through the TI9 Europe Qualifiers. In the aftermath of a 4th place run in said qualifier, Aachen City Esports parted ways with Epic Name, shifting its CIS roster back into a role as its main squad. However, said squad is due for a new member in the near future, as Aachen City Esports announced that Offlaner and regional veteran Gleb “Funn1k” Lipatnikov would be leaving the roster.
Funn1k should end up attracting a fair bit of attention as a free agent within the CIS region, as the veteran Offlaner holds around 9 years of professional experience between Dota 2 and DotA. He has spent extensive time with some of the CIS region’s foremost organizations and brings a slew of international experience to the table as well. Though the last few years of his career have seen him slow down to an extent with stints on somewhat lesser known squads in the region, he stands as a 4-time TI participant and a veteran presence that could benefit many of the teams trying to improve their rosters for the 2019-2020 season.
As for Aachen City Esports itself, the future is not entirely clear. As of right now, the organization still has 4 players signed under its roster, but there is certainly no guarantee that those players survive the offseason period and remain with the team heading into the next season. Since its formation in January, Aachen City Esports has officially rostered 18 different players, with roster stability having come at a premium for the organization. With TI9 now officially underway though, the search for a new Offlaner for Aachen City Esports will likely be either postponed or significantly slowed as the Dota 2 world waits for the annual post-TI roster shuffle to begin.
The roster of Aachen City Esports following the departure of Funn1k:
Alik “V-Tune” Vorobey (Carry)
Dmitry “DM” Dorokhin (Mid)
Nikola “LeBronDota” Popović (Support, Captain)
Sergey “Ecnart” Slobodyanyk (Support)
Polina “Polly” Sysueva (Manager)