ESL One Los Angeles Dota 2 Major postponed due to COVID-19

It’s been a whirlwind day for the Dota 2 professional scene, with player swaps and drops running rampant. Starting out the day was Alliance, which announced the release of Adrian “Fata” Trinks and Neta “33” Shapira. Just a few hours later, OG stated that 33 and Sébastien “Ceb” Debs would be stand-ins for some of the team’s main roster. They will be standing in for the ESL One Los Angeles Online League, which runs April 4 to 19.

Alliance’s roster release

Early this morning, Alliance announced that the organization had parted ways with Fata and 33. A statement from Alliance expresses that the roster cuts were in the team’s best interest as they prepare for The International 10 in August.

“Competition in Dota 2 is ruthless, even though our results have been good, we are now making these changes to further close the gap to the absolute top,” Alliance founder and CEO Jonathan Berg said in a statement.

“It was not an easy choice to make but our goal is to become the best Dota 2 team in the world, nothing less. With time I think it will be clear that this is the right decision for everyone. I wish them nothing but the best as they are incredible players.”

In a TwitLonger post, Fata put out a brief statement about his release from Alliance. According to Fata, the news “came as quite a surprise” to 33 and himself. He added that he plans to take a break from Dota to focus on himself for the time being. Lastly, he mentioned that he intends to rebuild a team with 33 in the future with “fresh energy and ambitions.”

Despite his plans to continue competing with 33, it didn’t take long for the player to get scooped up for an upcoming ESL event.

33’s move to OG

Just eight hours after retweeting Fata’s TwitLonger post, 33 was back in the spotlight alongside OG. The organization announced that due to travel restrictions surrounding COVID-19, some of its players were unable to compete in the ESL One Los Angeles Online League.

“Some of them are still out of Europe and won’t be able to fly there in time for us to play together in optimal conditions. Our number one priority is to keep our players safe,” the statement reads.

As a result, fresh free agent 33 was picked up to temporarily fill in on the team alongside Ceb. 33 will stand in on OG’s midlane, while Ceb will take over the offlane. The two players are subbing in for Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen and Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng, both of whom are apparently in Malaysia.

While 33 is a new face to the OG roster, Ceb has a long history with the organization. Ceb has previously been both a coach and player for the team. During his time as a player, OG took home first place at both The International 2018 and 2019.

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Olivia Da Silva
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