With the return of the Dota Pro Circuit on the horizon, the stacks that grinded through the online season without a sponsor are hot prospects for the organizations that left the scene during the pandemic.
Regarded as one of the most promising CIS stacks, the five Yellow Submarine members have now found a place to call home. Team Spirit announced the signing of the roster this weekend and immediately after, the Russian organization found itself one series away from ending the year with a tournament title.
“Back in summer it became clear that the new DPS season would not start until the end of the calendar year. This time window allowed us to try a new approach in the formation of the roster. The goal was to discover new names: more than 80 players were reviewed for all positions, of which only 12 were shortlisted. The result of this work was the Yellow Submarine roster: you could watch them in action throughout the fall. Today we are ready to unveil them as a roster that will play under the Team Spirit tag,” said Nikita Chukalin, Team Spirit CEO.
Team Spirit dropped their previous Dota 2 team in May this year, after struggling to maintain a full roster and find footing in the stacked Europe and CIS region through the first quarter of the year. Their former players split into various stacks, some of them being currently on the Live to Win and the Gambit Esports line-up.
While none of the players dropped by Team Spirit in May will make a return to the organization, the entire Yellow Submarine line-up has been signed by the organization and will be joined by Airat “Silent” Gaziev in coaching capacity.
Team Spirit line-up:
- Ilya “yatoro” Mulyarchuk
- Alexander “TORONTOTOKYO” Khertek
- Magomed “Collapse” Khalilov
- Vitaliy “so bad” Oshmankevich
- Yaroslav “Miposhka” Naidenov
- Coach: Airat “Silent” Gaziev
“All this became possible thanks to Dima Korb3n, who was instrumental in implementation of our ideas. I have been following his career for a long time and I am glad that we finally had the opportunity to work together. We are aware of the experimental nature of our approach and are ready for unexpected turns, but I am confident that we are on the right track,” stated Nikita Chukalin.
Team Spirit are set to end the year with at least a top two finish at BTS Pro Series Season 4: Europe & CIS as the line-up signed by them managed to reach the tournament grand finals. They will be battling for the title today, Sunday, November 20 at 17:00 CET against Vikin.gg.
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