It has become an almost yearly tradition. Every year after The International players switch teams, retire, or just plain get burned out and take a break from playing Dota 2. It might be because of the some poor showing of their teams in The International, teams feeling they have gone as far as they can go with their current line-ups or players realizing they have reached the pinnacle of their success and want to rest on their laurels.
The biggest news so far this year is that Kuro “Kuroky” Salehi Takhasomi and Clement “Puppey” Ivanov have left Natus Vincere. Two of the cornerstones of the team Na’Vi has officially departed the team and are now free agents in the Dota 2 scene. There are rumors the Kuroky and Puppey will be part of a new team with s4, who has also left the Alliance, n0tail and fly.
“I want to thank everyone of Na`Vi for the the time we spend together. The times together are unforgettable memories of mine, i will cherish them as long as I can. We shall see each other soon again.” –Kuroky
“Today, I announce that I am leaving the Na`Vi squad. It has been a great road of success and I have no regrets looking back. Though, things have to change and stories have an end, my career in competitive Dota will not. I thank Na`Vi for the time we shared and hope them the best. Also, I would like to thank all of my fans and Na`Vi supporters who have kept us going.” –Puppey
Na’Vi has already replaced Puppey and Kuroky with Artsiom “fng” Barshack from Power Rangers and Ivan “VANSKOR” Skorokhod from Team Empire. Only time will tell if they are worthy replacements of Puppey and Kuroky, although they are off to a good start as they have already defeated Virtuos.Pro in their first game in the Megafon Battle Arena.
Other notable changes in the roster are:
• NewBee’s captain Zhang “xiao8” Ning has retired from playing in competitive Dota 2
• Vici Gaming, Bai “rOtK” Fan and Xu “BurNIng” Zhilei from Team DK has retired
• Weh Sing “SingSing” Yuen has left Cloud 9
• Adrian “Era” Kryeziu has left Fnatic.
• Clinton “Fear” Loomis has returned from retirement and has joined Evil Geniuses replacing Mason who has been kicked out of the team
• Jimmy “DeMoN” Ho has been released by Team Liquid
• Adrian “FATA” Trinks has replaced SingSing in Cloud 9s roster