A new competitive season is on the horizon and with it a plethora of new opportunities open for the five players who fought for a spot at The International 2018 under the Immortals banner.
The organization announced last night that they “opted not to extend the DOTA 2 contracts” for their five players. The news is not entirely surprising, especially after two of the players have already announced their free agency over Twitter in the past couple of days.
“We want to sincerely thank Dubu, MP, Febby, Ryoya, and Velo for their hard work and dedication, and wish them well as they continue their Dota careers,” said Immortals CEO, Noah Whinston in the short announcement.
— Immortals (@Immortals) September 7, 2018
Immortals didn’t give any details of if they wish to remain active in the Dota2 world or not for the upcoming season. The organization stepped in the Dota 2 field last year in September when they signed the full roster of the South Korean team MVP.Phoenix. They started the DPC season well, with a top four finish at the PGL Open Bucharest Minor. But, that was the first and the last tournament where the team would get any TI8 qualifying points. By the end of 2017, Immortals were already trying to improve the team performance with a roster change. Lee “Forev” Sang-don was the first one to depart and break the full South Korean line-up. Despite a couple of other changes made through the season, Immortals didn’t recover and in the TI8 regional qualifiers, they finished fourth when only the top three (VGJ.Storm, Evil Geniuses and OpTic Gaming) claimed tickets for Vancouver.
The announcement of Immortals dissolving the entire Dota 2 roster comes three days after OpTic Gaming announced to have done the same. With about a week before the post TI8 shuffle will end, there is still time for these two NA organizations to find new teams to sign for the 2018-2019 Pro Circuit.
The dissolved Immortals roster:
– Pyo “MP” No-a
– Eric “Ryoya” Dong
– Kim “Velo” Tae-sung
– Kim “Febby” Yong-min
– Kim “DuBu” Doo-young