With the 2021 DPC underway, fans may be shocked to find that some of their favorite players haven’t been competing. Let’s take a quick look at some of the superstars who are currently absent from competition.
After joining Evil Geniuses in early 2015, SumaiL has been one of Dota’s biggest names. The TI winner’s career took a deep dive after leaving EG and briefly joining OG, which unfortunately was short-lived. SumaiL competed in EPIC League
with some ex-Virtus.pro players under the name Just Error
. He ended up leaving before the event concluded. With immense experience and skill to his name, it was expected that SumaiL would compete on a team this DPC but disappointingly he is not.
The heart of Newbee for many years, Sccc is one of China’s most famous core players. After leaving Newbee in August of 2019, Sccc transitioned from the middle lane to the carry role and joined Team Aster. After an enormous roster shuffle in China in late 2020, Sccc found himself playing for EHOME
. Here he performed solidly, claiming several second and third place finishes. EHOME earned a direct invite to the DPC Upper Division. Unexpectedly, Sccc left EHOME less than two weeks before his team was scheduled to compete in the DPC, being replaced by Lai "Ahjit" Jay Son
23savage’s career took off after joining Fnatic in the 2019-2020 DPC season. The team didn’t perform inherently well in these Majors, but took over the SEA region in the online tournament era. In September of 2020, 23savage joined Vici Gaming
, but was unable to travel because of the global pandemic as well as having language barrier issues. VG released 23savage in early 2021, meaning he did not get to play a single official match with the roster. 23savage seemed like a hot commodity for any SEA stack, but did not end up on any teams.
The CIS Cores
Following VP’s disbandment after TI9, the team’s three cores of Roman "RAMZES666" Kushnarev
, Vladimir "No[o]ne-" Minenko-
, and Pavel "9pasha" Khvastunov
all found themselves on separate teams. Ramzes transitioned to the offlane role for EG in the 2019-2020 DPC season and left the active roster in November of 2020. None- continued to compete for VP but found little success and be removed from the organization. As mentioned before, Ramzes and None- joined SumaiL on Just Error, but disbanded after one tournament. With Alexey "Solo" Berezin
and Bakyt "Zayac" Emilzhanov
competing in the DPC, it was a great surprise that these two powerhouses did not join a team. 9pasha joined Natus Vincere in September of 2019 and competed under the banner for a year, but has been absent from competitive play for a few months. One of CIS’s most consistent offlaners, it’s sad to see that 9pasha has not returned.
These players may play in the next set of open qualifiers (or find their way onto existing teams during the roster change period), but until then all we can do is wait for their return.