Dota 2 Roster News: T1 Releases March as Coach; Xepher and Kuku Not Renewed

Time for some changes.
Time for some changes. Twitter/@T1

As the remaining Dota 2 teams in The International 2022 fight for the right to raise the Aegis, other teams have now started their roster shuffle in preparation for the new season. First off, the team has let go of its coach Park "March" Tae-won. In addition, the contracts of Kenny "Xepher" Deo and Carlo "Kuku" Palad were not renewed.

Regarding T1's decision, Xepher posted on his Twitter account that he is looking for a new team and is willing to relocate. Meanwhile, Kuku shared that he remains open to discussing his contract renewal with T1 but also willing to explore other opportunities.

Roster shuffles after a failed bid for TI are expected. However, this move is surprising for two reasons. The first is that the members removed were part of the roster that was actually doing pretty well during the DPC 2021-2022 season. The second is that it seems T1 is going to build a roster around the remaining members: Anathan "ana" Pham, Topias "Topson" Taavitsainen, and Matthew "hitemon" Filemon.

Now before you get too excited, the possibility of the two-time champion OG roster reuniting in T1 is slim. Johan "N0tail" Sundstein, despite being on the inactive roster of OG, is not likely to leave the team anytime soon. Meanwhile Jesse "JerAx" Vainikka, currently Team Liquid's coach, is likely happy in his new role.

What about you? Who do you think is T1 adding to the roster?

Quick Change

Another interesting roster change that happened this October was related to Soniqs. The first was that the team brought in Aaron "Clairvoyance" Kim at the start of the TI group stage. However, the disappointing finish probably was the reason why he was let go. In a tweet, Clairvoyance apologized for the team's performance but said that he remains confident when it comes to his vision for the game.

Rodrigo "LESLÃO" Santos, meanwhile, was released from the roster on allegations of racism. In Soniq's match against BOOM Esports, a lot of viewers realized that his in-game effigy contained a racist message.

In and Out

Another player that has been released is Roman "RAMZES666" Kushnarev of He was brought in back in May, particularly for TI. However, the team didn't do so well in the last qualifier and missed TI.

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