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SEA roster shuffle: Fnatic, Neon Esports, Zerothreetwo Dota

By Chelsea JackNovember 25, 2020
Fans of Southeast Asian Dota 2 should keep their eyes firmly locked on the region as it undergoes a bit of a shuffle just as we hear when the next Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) cycle will begin. We're focused on three teams, in particular: Fnatic, Zerothreetwo Dota, and Neon Esports.

Zerothreetwo Dota

In an announcement on their Facebook page, Zerothreetwo revealed they have released their entire Dota 2 roster.
The team had formed in August of this year, undergoing some roster difficulties in October and ultimately failing to make much of a splash in the scene. They posted two placements: one in the seventh-eighth slot at BTS Pro Series Season 3: Southeast Asia, and another in the qualifier for the recent DOTA Summit 13: Southeast Asia.
This means John Anthony "Natsumi-" Vargas, Jun "Bok" Kanehara, and Michale "ninjaboogie" Ross Jr. all joined the ranks of free agents only eight weeks before the next DPC begins. We expect to see them all attached to a new organization shortly if they haven't already (spoiler alert: skip ahead to Neon Esports for Natsumi's new home).
Zerothreetwo Dota joins the ranks of Adroit Esports, Geek Fam, and many other organizations who have had to tighten or fully shut down operations during the global pandemic. The DPC announcement was released after the squad disbanded yesterday; could the DPC be enough of an incentive for Zerothreetwo to rethink the decision?

Fnatic

Fnatic made a huge pick-up this week, nabbing Natthaphon "Masaros" Ouanphakdee from Motivate.Trust Gaming. The Thai offlaner was a key part of MTG's recent success, as they won DOTA Summit 13: Southeast Asia and BTS Pro Series Season 3: Southeast Asia. Fnatic, meanwhile, had placed 9-10th at the latter event before taking a break. It's now been two months since we've seen the organization compete.

Neon Esports

Neon Esports made a huge change this week, picking up Natsumi while saying goodbye to Julius "JG" Galeon. According to the team's post, JG had played 201 games with the team, pretty incredible given that he'd only joined them in mid-August of this year.
But wait, you might say, does Natsumi even play offlane? No. He'll be taking the carry position while Andrei "skem" Ong moves to the position four support and Prieme Ejay "PlayHard" Banquil, the team's captain, shifts to the offlane. The team may experience some moving pains as the players all settle into their new roles, so it could be a few series before we start to see the new squad's full potential.
Neon recently completed in DOTA Summit 13, placing fifth-sixth.

Looking ahead

With the DPC now officially set for January, other teams are likely to follow suit and shore up their rosters before the DPC rules lock them in. Might we see the return of some of the now-shuttered SEA organizations? Will some entirely new organizations form to fill the gap? Will we have a chance to see these rosters in action before the DPC gets underway? Stay tuned; we'll keep you updated as more information becomes available.
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