With the two-time champions, Team OG stepping down from their throne and glorious days, at least there are some good news from the original Tea Eye Champion. Danil Ishutin, or better known as Dendi, has just announced his new Esports organization, called B8. However, the teaser video released by B8 on Youtube did not really tell much about the whereabouts of Dendi and his new team. That said, we have good speculation that we already know the players of the new roster in this new team.
Dendi actually has a complete team way before he announced his new Esports org today. Playing under the temporary team name, MR, Dendi has recruited a decent team of players featuring xannii, KingR, LeBronDota and nongrata. The team tasted their first success back in December 2019 when they won the Rivalry Winter Blast.
However, things begin to crumble as soon as their victory caught the interest of a big team organization who is poaching talents for their own team. Team Spirit somehow managed to get nongrata to join their team and that’s when Dendi’s new team begin to crumble. Moving forward from their victory, they were invited to the next tournament, Maincast Winter Brawl, where they got stomped hard and lost in the group stage along with their new offlaner, Ghostik (formerly Team Spirit player).
That said, nongrata should not be blamed for “dismantling” the team that brought him his initial success as the tier-2 pro scene in DOTA2 is a very tough career to maintain. With prize pools only favoring the stronger tier-1 teams, veteran pro players who have not been in the pro scene would die to play for a well-known Esports organization than a team of all-stars, even if it’s with the first Tea Eye Champion, Dendi himself. After all, in the tier-2 scenes, playing as a self-made team does not provide monthly income for this career as the only source of income for these players are the prize pool winnings from tournaments.
That aside, Dendi’s new team (with Ghostik) is still a promising line-up of talented CIS players. Perhaps it was too early to judge this team’s strength when they had to play a tournament with a fresh player who joined just days ago. It has been a month since their embarrassing upset in the Maincast Winter Brawl but it’s once again time for the next open qualifiers for ESL One Los Angeles major. Will B8 be able to secure their first major slot? Stay tuned to watch the open qualifiers!
Dendi’s Teaser video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qMm9yzvazE