Dota 2 Roster News: AS Monaco Gambit and Motivate.Trust Release Their Rosters

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The end of the road. Twitter/@GambitEsports

The Dota 2 Spring Tour is over, and the Stockholm Major is happening next week. That means we can expect a lot of roster changes among teams. Two such teams went to the extreme with AS Monaco Gambit and Motivate.Trust Gaming releasing their rosters.

A Host of Problems

AS Monaco Gambit announced a new roster back in February 2021. After all, they had Vladimir "No[o]ne" Minenko and Akbar "SoNNeikO" Butaev on their roster. However, these same two players would later sign up with another team, and AS Monaco pretty much had no choice but to let them go.

While the team qualified for the two majors last season, they didn't do well in both. They also failed to qualify for TI10. During Tour 1 of the new DPC season, the team was relegated to Division II after finishing at 7th place. With Tour 2 indefinitely suspended, AS Monaco Gambit releasing its roster is rather clear.

A Strong Start

Heading to Southeast Asia, Motivate.Trust Gaming released the whole roster. The team had a good run back in 2020 by winning Tier 2 tournaments. Despite the success, the team initially released Souliya "JaCkky" Khoomphetsavong and Natthaphon "Masaros" Ouanphakdee from their roster. However, Motivate.Trust would sign back the two players by April 2021. The team was able to work its way to Division I but wouldn't get the needed points for a direct invite. They would fail as well to join TI10 through the qualifiers.

At the end of Tour 1 of the new DPC season, the team would be relegated to Division II along with TNC Predator. By Tour 2, they would just barely make it to retain their spot in Division II and avoid being eliminated.

Goodbye Coach

Going back to Eastern Europe, Virtus.pro is making good on its promise of a roster change. After terminating the contract of Ivan "Pure" Moskalenko, it's now the turn of coach Anatoly “Boolk” Ivanov to get the ax. In a post, the organization cited the unsatisfactory results as the reason for the decision. There were high expectations when Boolk was brought on last year. Virtus.pro admitted that while its fifth to sixth place finishes at T10 wasn't a failure, the team's performance since then has been going down. In addition, it seems that the "lack of prospects for improvements" was another reason why the organization parted ways with Boolk.

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