South Korean Dota 2 giants MVP Phoenix disbands

South Korean eSports team MVP has disbanded its Dota 2 team MVP Phoenix following the departure of their players.

The news of the disbandment had been reported on Fomos Korea and seemingly confirmed by MVP on its Twitter account, as they wished their former players luck in their future endeavors.

Kim “DuBu” Doo-young had left MVP Phoenix for the North American Team Onyx just several days before, while Kim “Febby” Yong-min had recently signed to Fnatic’s new roster, joining as a roaming support.

Meanwhile, Kim “QO” Seon-yeob has signed on to enter Dota 2 tournaments as part of Evil Geniuses CEO Peter “ppd” Dager’s team, WanteD. Based in North America, although WanteD will be playing in the upcoming Spring Major, they are allegedly not a full-time team.

Lee “Forev” Sang-don is currently a part of the team B)ears, comprised of European and South East Asian Dota 2 players.

The last member, Kim “Velo” Tae-sung, signed on to Malaysian team Geek Fam, which was formed to compete in the qualifiers of the recent ESL One Genting event.

The team disbandment came as Valve carried out their roster lock on January 9 at midnight, which remains in place until after the Spring Major (also known as the Kiev Major 2017) taking place April 20-23, 2017. This forced several other teams to quickly form and announce their new line-ups, which include a newly formed Team Onyx, a returning team Cloud9, and Fnatic.

MVP has also since combined its other two teams, MVP Hot6ix and MVP Aegis, to form a single roster.

Dota 2 had not quite caught up in South Korea, even as the country continues to lead the way in other major disciplines including League of Legends, Overwatch and Starcraft II.

Speaking to Fomos, MVP head coach Lim Hyeon-seok said that he will not be giving up on Dota 2 and would continue efforts to “raise the level of Korean players and the level of Korea’s Dota 2 by recruiting potential foreign teams overseas.”

“I think that the existing players will come back to Korea and start from the foundation so as to create the basis and environment to revive the name of MVP Phoenix,” Lim said.


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