A fresh start for the upcoming Road to TI7 season, Team NP has been announced to be the latest Dota 2 team for a number of big-name players in the scene, including Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling and Jacky “EternalEnVy” Mao.

To some, the formation of a new organization for the players comes as a surprise. To those who follow the scene closely, they would remember that EternalEnVy spoke about his desire to create a team on the HotPants! podcast approximately a week prior to the announcement. He mentioned that his interests would lie less with those who are seasoned veterans that have proven themselves as skilled talent, and more with a simple desire to play with people he gets along with.

“This year, I just kind of want to play with these guys. Instead of trying to play for … some known players. Like, people who have already won tournaments and stuff. I just want to do a bunch of sh*ts.”

EternalEnVy most recently played for Team Secret, which he joined in 2015 after taking his leave from Cloud9. His team placed 13th-16th at this year’s The International, and he left the roster soon after the event drew to a close. This is the first organization he has a formed since joining the scene back in 2012 with No Tidehunter.

Also from Team Secret, Theeban 1437 Siva will be stepping out of his coaching role to join Team NP as the team’s support player. He previously played for Digital Chaos and Cloud9, who picked up the Dark Horse lineup in August of 2015. This was actually Avery “SVG” Silverman’s first Dota 2 team to be a part of, who recently left Evil Geniuses as their coach following the team’s third place finish at The International 2016.

Aui_2000, also a former coach for Team Secret, will be taking his spot as the team’s carry. He and EternalEnVy played alongside each other on Evil Geniuses when he rejoined the roster in March following his departure from Digital Chaos. He took his first coaching position alongside 1437 in Team Secret, which he joined earlier this year in June.

Another member of the former Dark Horse lineup, Arif “MSS” Anwar will be playing as the team’s offlaner. He last played with Shazam after Cloud9 released their Dota 2 roster in November of last year, and is one of two members on the team that have not seen a TI during their player careers, the other being SVG.

The full Team NP Dota 2 lineup is as follows:

 

Player Role
Kurtis ‘Aui_2000’ Ling Carry
Jacky ‘EternaLEnVy’ Mao Midlane
Arif ‘MSS’ Anwar Offlane
Avery ‘SVG’ Silverman Support
Theeban ‘1437’ Siva Support
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