In what can only be described as a sudden and massive purge, virtually every top-tier Chinese team has released their Dota 2 lineups from their organizations according to the Dota 2 Majors registration page.

The mass disband encompasses both main and side teams, including CDEC Gaming, CDEC Youth, CDEC Avenger, Newbee, Newbee Young, Invictus Gaming, iG Vitality, LGD-Gaming, Vici Gaming Reborn, Vici Gaming, and EHOME.

While some players chose to leave their teams of their own accord, including Invictus Gaming’s Luo “Ferrari_430” Feichi and EHOME’s Daryl Koh “iceiceice” Pei Xiang, the vast majority of the teams involved in the disband were dropped completely from their organizations.

Of the teams participating in the drop, EHOME performed the best at this year’s The International. They took a respectable 5th-6th place finish after failing to push their way out of the lower bracket against Digital Chaos, a strong finish for a team that started out as a wild card. 9th-12th place finishers LGD Gaming and Newbee were among the six invited teams to the event, though they failed to make it out of the second round of lower brackets during the main event. Vici Gaming Reborn, sister team to Vici Gaming, placed in the 13th-16th group after losing in a best of one game against TNC Pro Team in the lower bracket.

Few teams have yet commented on the drastic roster changes, though some individual players have already been revealed to be under contract with their organizations due to Valve’s two-stage roster lock system. Lu “Maybe” Yao who, according to the registration page, left LGD Gaming on Sunday will continue to play with the organization as they build a new roster around him. Newbee’s Chen “Hao” Zhihao previously stated on Weibo that he desired to take a minimum of a six month break from competitive Dota 2, with a consideration for retirement, so it’s possible that fans may not see some of their favorite players return.



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