The Dota Pro Circuit 2023 and International 12 this year may just have a record number of new teams. Many seek to perform in similar way to those that are emerging powerhouses such as Gaimin Gladiators and Talon Esports. It’s always nice seeing new candidates compete in DPC 2023 and TI12.
We have a look at all the new teams joining the scene.
Source: Valve | The International 10 – 9 p.m.
We have new teams, new veterans.
Azure Ray is probably one of the most anticipated Chinese teams to arrive late-DPC 2023. In the game, which was once called Ybb Gaming, the team is renowned by several members of the TI8-9 PSG.LGD roster, which many proclaim to be the strongest Chinese player of its time.
The famous Xu fy Linsen is Lu Somnus Yao, Yang Xami and Shenyi Cheyso. The former footballers tried not to recruit their former recruit, Wang Ame Chunyu, but due to his contract with PSG.LGD himself, in no avail.
Two former Ybb players, Lou Lou Zhen and Jiang An, completed the Azure Ray line-up for the China Tour 3 of DPC 2023. Taking up against China’s top dogs, such as PSG.LGD, Team Aster, Invictus Gaming and Xtreme Gaming, is difficult, even for veteran players.
Team Aster will certainly be their toughest rival now that they have SumaiL Hassan on their fronts to overpower the competition. Regardless of whether IG, Xtreme or even PSG.LGD, there could be a good shot at landing an average top-four finish and qualifying for Bali Major 2023.
Rosters that emerged will be europeans.
Many European teams and mainly Western Europeans need no introduction after a strong win over two majors this year. The former was twice the champions of Giflebo and Team Liquid.
But even in an area like this, Quest Esports might be a top-four candidate from the WEU to qualify for a Bali Major. In the late 1920’s, the underdog squad had nothing to do with the major at Berlin-Borman. Even though team OG has emerged victorious, many are confident Quest Esports can run for their money in the ongoing tour.
Quest Esports welcomes Ammar ATF Al-Assaf.
They recruited the renowned Ammar ATF Al-Assaf as their offlaner, who has had his moments since his professional debut. Couple that with the fact that OG didn’t bring Ivan MinD_ContRoL Ivanov onboard after winning the Berliner Major championship. There are a lot of people looking for Quest Esports.
Over at Eastern Europe, UALEIKUMNIHAO is a new team who blitz past the open qualifier and division two bracket within one month since their debut. And now, being off against their Division 1 opponents for the first time is definitely a milestone for such a new team. Sadly, it wouldn’t be too farfetched to say they could rival the top-three powerhouses currently gatekeeper for the region. 9Pandas and Team Spirit are definitely out of doubt so we can compete with UALEIKUMNIHAO, but BetBoom may only have to make a final bid.
In North America, meanwhile, the US has a good time.
The NA region has its many new teams, even if they aren’t for the correct reasons. Sand King Gomez, ALPHA and B8 are currently competing in Division 1 but they’ren’t North American.
This is the crippling state of NA Dota 2 over the past season, but it’s often the worst of its kind. Of course, we can’t expect any of these teams to qualify for Bali Major, or, not, in addition to TI12. They are still occupying slots that should have gone to NA talents, but given the lacklustre NA opponents were. That newcomers have failed to compete locally.