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Team Liquid's Dota 2 Roster Departs Organization

The post-TI roster shuffles continue with Team Liquid's unexpected release of their entire Dota 2 roster. The players have made the decision to part ways with the organization in pursuit of a new project. In their announcement, Team Liquid founder and co-CEO Victor "Nazgul" Goossens states that the lineup plans to start their own organization.

Team Liquid first picked up the core of this Dota 2 roster in 2015 with their signing of 5Jungz, which included Kuro "KuroKy" Salehi Takhasomi, Ivan Borislavov “MinD_ContRoL” Ivanov, and Lasse "MATUMBAMAN" Urpalainen. Good results in the 2015-16 season earned the squad a direct invite to The International 2016. After a 7-8th place finish at TI6, the team made some heavy roster changes, releasing both Jesse "JerAx" Vainikka and Adrian "Fata" Trinks. Moving into the 2017 season, the roster was bolstered by ex-OG star Amer "Miracle-" Al-Barkawi and later Maroun "GH" Merhej. The team would go on to win The International 2017, taking home over $10 million.

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Following a relatively successful season, that same roster would finish in fourth place at The International 2018 after being eliminated by Evil Geniuses in the lower bracket. 2019 would see them maintain their world-class level, making multiple grand final appearances at big events throughout the season. Prior to The International 2019, the team decided to remove MATUMBAMAN from the active lineup, bringing in Aliwi "w33" Omar in replacement. They would then go on to make an unprecedented lower bracket run at TI9, losing only to OG in the grand final.

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According to Team Liquid's announcement video, the team has expressed an interest in starting their own organization. This is not uncommon in esports, with successful examples in Dota's own OG and Astralis in CS:GO. In KuroKy's video, he states that they are "about to start [their] own project," which he says "comes with a lot of uncertainty." He also explains that this project is a "passion that [he's] had to set aside." It is currently unknown if the roster plans to stick together or make further changes.

Victor "Nazgul" Goossens's statement ends with the reassurance that Team Liquid has no plans to leave Dota 2 at this time. He states that they will be looking for players who can "continue the winning legacy that the five boys leave behind," though he acknowledges that they may not find a perfect fit immediately. It is unclear if they will have a roster together for the start of the upcoming Dota Pro Circuit season, the first qualifiers of which are set to take place next month.

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