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The Important Roster Changes After the Stockholm Major

The Stockholm Major has passed, and that means tons of roster shuffles before the next Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) tour starts. Across the world, teams that had a disappointing performance in recent months are looking for a missing piece.

With the 2nd Major of the 2021-2022 season done, the gate to TI qualification is starting to close. For some teams, this shuffle is their best chance to make it to the biggest tournament of the year.

From full rosters disbanding to single replacements, it’s almost impossible to keep track of it all. That being said here are the three changes that could have the biggest impact in the DPC.

3 New for the Crew

Evil Geniuses has fallen, and a second-place spot in NA is ripe for the taking. With three replacements in their roster overhaul, Quincy Crew (QCY) show a lot of promise to challenge North America’s best.

Arif “MSS” Anwar and Rodrigo “LESLÃO” Santos are two familiar faces from TI 10 who helped QCY secure a direct invite. Adrian “Fata” Trinks is a new face, fresh from Europe after being kicked from Tundra eSports.

The roster is an all-around solid team, who made it to TI last year with four of its current players. With Fata’s success in Europe, however, he looks to be an improvement over Avery “SVG” Silverman, QCY’s previous captain.

Fata built Tundra from the ground up, including a Major win over PSG.LGD, which is often looked at as one of the best teams in the world. With a successful captain and a TI-level roster behind him, QCY could knock down EG even further, and challenge TSM.

Long Live the King

Nigma Galaxy (NGX) have really struggled to perform in recent months and needed a big pickup to turn the tide. SumaiL is not only a big-name player but can shake up any team he takes a place in.

SumaiL has been playing a ton of mid lane heroes in his recent pub matches, so it looks like he will be in his natural role. Miracle- will move to the safe lane, a role that he won a TI for in the past when Nigma was under Team Liquid.

For years, Syed Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan and Amer “Miracle-” Al-Barkawi have been looked at as gods of the game. Their individual skill in the mid lane gave SumaiL a TI5 win with Evil Geniuses, and Miracle- a TI7 win with team Liquid.

Now, the two will play on the same roster for NGX, which dropped to division 2 after a disappointing recent performance. The roster has struggled to find a solid fifth man after dropping Aliwi “w33” Omar post-TI9. But, maybe this dual-core can turn the tide, as a chance at TI11 is fading fast.

NGX now look like the best Division 2 team in the world, and should quickly make Division 1. But, the question is, can they close the gap to qualify to TI?

Coming Back Home

Roman “RAMZES666” Kushnarev is back to what he knows best. The 23-year-old phenom is back in a Virtus.Pro jersey, and back in the carry role. A previous stint with Evil Geniuses’ smaller CIS rosters had little results, and VP called his name.

The CIS region has been shaken in recent months, but this VP roster looks like the best CIS has produced in years. GPK is one of the best mid laners in the world, and RAMSES had incredible results with VP in the past.

RAMSES helped give VP its storied history, with 5 major wins and 2 runner-up performances while under its banner. However, he was never able to replicate those results at TI.

The roster is filled out by upcoming young talent, with RAMSES being the oldest player at 23. DM, yamich, and Xakoda have all played well so far for VP, and RAMSES could push them over the edge. With CIS TI champ Team Spirit falling at the major, this change could be VP’s ticket to the top.

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