Talon Esports is participating Dota 2 scene for the first time. The organization is also making big waves when it signs a talented team led by former Evil Geniuses captain Fly.
Hong Kong-based organization, best known for its teams competing in League of Legends, Overwatch, and Arena of Valor, along with storing players in Street fighter and Tekken, will compete in Dota Pro Circuit through Southeast Asia. All of the team’s latest activities will run out of Manila, Philippines.
“Dota 2 It’s a game we’ve been looking to play for a long time, and finally in 2021 we’ve arrived,” said Talon Esports CEO Sean Zhang. “The Philippines will be home to our new squad and we look forward to welcoming the country’s passionate fan base. We have assembled an extremely talented squad with the goal of competing in majors and of course the International next year. “
Along with signing Fly away from EG, the team also brought in TNC Predator duo Gabbi and kpii, as well as prominent former BOOM Esports players Rafli Fathur “Mikoto” Rahman and Brizio Adi “Hyde” Putra Budiana.
Fly helped lead EG for four years, taking the team to three different iterations of The International, including a third place finish at TI8, and dominating North America the entire time. EG is one of the top teams globally in DPC 2021, finishing second in both Majors. But they failed at TI10 with a ninth place leading to some restructuring.
BOOM and TNC had less successful DPC matches last season, neither team made it to TI10 even though the whole Southeast Asia region was in turmoil and there was only one superpower in T1. Bringing in two separate cores from those teams, even though kpii spent most of the year on Team SMG, competing under Fly should shake up the regional power rankings a bit.
One factor that remains unclear is how Talon will approach the 2021-22 DPC season. For now, it looks like the new team will play in the open qualifiers for a place in the lower division of their first tour. But there’s still the possibility that the organization could buy another team’s slot in either division, although Valve has yet to publicly say whether that type of practice is allowed.
Considering situation with Dendi and B8, which involved merging with another team to take on the teammate spot in the second season of the DPC in March, anything can happen. We’ll just have to wait and see what comes out of this announcement, including who EG will sign to replace Fly.
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