T1 shakes up Dota 2 roster again, dropping Black and Xuan

Neslyn A. March 18, 2020

T1 has dropped two of its players just two weeks after announcing its official roster.

Dominik "Black^" Reitmeier and Yixaun "xuan" Guo have been removed from the team's roster on the official Dota 2 majors registration page. T1 signed Black^ as its carry player while xuan played the hard support role.

The iconic League of Legends brand has struggled to find its footing in the Dota 2 scene. The organization is likely looking to bring its unique brand of success to the game, but has struggled to win against anything other than amateur-level competition. 

T1 is focused on building a team around former MVP Phoenix player Lee "Forev" Sang-don. After tinkering with numerous Korean-majority rosters for months, the organization signed an international lineup for the ESL One LA Major qualifiers. The T1 roster consisted of these players:

  1. Dominik "Black^" Reitmeier
  2. Muhammad "inYourdreaM" Rizky
  3. Lee "Forev" Sang-don
  4. Tri "Jhocam" Kuncoro
  5. Yixaun "xuan" Guo

T1 Dota 2 roster stumbled in its short life

The new T1 Dota 2 roster debuted by wiping out of the ESL One LA Major's southeast Asia open qualifiers. From there, the team failed to qualify for the 2020 ESL SEA Championship.

Its underperformance in ONE Esports Dota 2 Invitational Jakarta: Indonesia Qualifier was its last event. T1 failed to qualify in the recently postponed event, getting eliminated early on from the proceedings.

With the growing number of canceled events, there are fewer avenues for T1 to redeem itself.

Epicenter Major 2020 and OGA Dota Pit Minor 2020 were both cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. This followed the cancellation of the ESL One LA Major.

One Esports Singapore Major 2020 is still set to happen in June, but there are no guarantees that the event will continue on. Regardless, T1 will have a good length of time to put together a new roster and practice. Expect a new lineup to be revealed in the coming weeks.

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