Even after rekindling the group all through the final season, iG is making a giant change to its Dota 2 lineup by changing its former captain Kaka with Fade.
That is the primary roster transfer iG has made since signing Kaka in September 2019 after he helped lead Eager Gaming to TI9. It comes as a little bit of a shock contemplating how a lot success the crew had this final yr.
IG was one in all a number of groups that stood out early within the 2021 Dota Professional Circuit, coming in via closed qualifiers, dominating the primary season of China’s regional league, after which reverse sweeping Evil Geniuses to win the ONE Esports Singapore Main.
The crew would go on to battle a bit in the midst of the season earlier than finally rebounding and ending fourth at The Worldwide 10, taking residence $2.4 million and ending the yr on a comparatively excessive be aware. That was the primary time iG had been to TI since TI8, the place the crew completed in a tie for final place. It’s additionally the closest the crew has gotten to reaching the Aegis since profitable it at TI2.
Nonetheless, simply hours earlier than the roster lock for the 2022 DPC’s Winter Tour, iG introduced Kaka’s contract with the group had expired and, after a “collection of pleasant discussions,” he could be leaving to discover free company.
“Over the past two years, Kaka has been a beautiful captain main the expansion of our younger iG Dota crew,” iG mentioned. “Within the second of claiming goodbye, all of the tales from our journey collectively seem to be solely yesterday. It has been a wild journey along with all of the difficulties, challenges, and happiness.”
To interchange the outgoing captain, iG acquired one other veteran help participant with loads of expertise—Fade.
Fade spent the final yr enjoying on an EHOME crew that introduced collectively a variety of top-level Chinese language Dota expertise through the large roster shuffle that passed off close to the tip of 2020 forward of the DPC returning in 2021. Nonetheless, the squad did not carry out to expectations through the common season and was unable to safe a spot at TI10, dropping to Elephant within the finals of the Chinese language regional qualifier.
Over the past a number of months, EHOME has fully dismantled its roster, giving iG an opportunity to accumulate Fade from his former crew’s inactive roster as soon as it turned clear Kaka would depart.
With this transfer, iG has solidified its roster with flyfly, Emo, JT, and Oli for the upcoming 2022 DPC season, whereas Kaka stays a high-profile free agent within the waning hours earlier than rosters lock for the Winter Tour.