Nouns Esports introduced its halfway-complete Dota 2 roster immediately, holding Rodrigo “Lelis” Santos and Nicolas “Gunnar” Lopez from final 12 months’s roster whereas including Tal “Fly” Aizik from Shopify Rebel.
Within the course of, Nouns determined to not renew contracts with Moo, Yamsun, and K1, however the roster stays incomplete for the second because the group couldn’t discover a everlasting mid-laner and a place for one participant.
With the ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023 Main’s closed qualifiers beginning this week, Nouns determined to leap into the brand new season with stand-ins to keep away from risking their qualification probabilities.
Fly comes from a considerably profitable 12 months with Shopify Rebel that ended with a catastrophe because the staff didn’t advance to TI 2023’s later levels. Contemplating the roster lived by means of the identical destiny a number of instances collectively, it ended up being the ultimate straw that initiated a disbandment as Shopify Rebel launched half of its Dota 2 roster.
For the qualifiers, Daniel “Stormstormer” Schoetzau and Yuma Langlet got here to Nouns’ rescue. Whereas Stormstormer was already moved to Entity’s inactive roster, Yuma might be a loanee from Nigma Galaxy as he was nonetheless part of the lively roster.
Although these two gamers might additionally turn out to be a everlasting a part of the roster after the qualifiers, North America is at the moment the slowest area within the roster shuffle season. Most groups in Europe and SEA have already finalized their rosters, however NA titans like TSM and Shopify Rebel are but to announce their roster, whereas Nouns might solely finalize half of its roster.
With the poor regional performances in 2023, the 2 areas might additionally lose a few of their qualifier spots for main tournaments, making them much less interesting for gamers trying to relocate for a recent begin. Relying on the area lock guidelines, NA may need a protracted roster shuffle season that may prolong into 2024.