Ad Finem has made a huge buzz yesterday after announcing that its full roster has officially left the organization. This move was the least to be expected from the Dota 2 community, let alone to its ardent fans, considering how successful the team has been during the past couples of months.
Dota 2: Ad Finem
Ad Finem is one of the most successful teams from Greece, which has caused a major upset in the recently concluded Boston Major. Ever since its debut way back in 2016, the team has had slow and mundane performances; constantly landing on a seventh to eighth place on premier and major tournaments. But this stature quickly changed after they caused an uproar in the Boston Major where they knocked off prominent teams such as Newbee, LGD.FY and Digital Chaos - which they took in a glorious fashion of a perfect 2-0 victory.
After the conclusion of the Boston Major, the team instantly soared to prominence; turning the Greeks from an underdog into a top-tiered team. With the announcement of the Kiev Major direct invites, many fans were not surprised that Ad Finem received a direct invitation from Valve. But surely, many were staggered with the news of the team departing from the organization. What caused the turmoil?
Why Ad Finem Left The Organization
In a Facebook post, Ad Finem announced that the team mutually agreed that they will be ending their partnership with the organization; thus ending their contracts immediately. No further details were revealed. In a Twitter post, one of the team's fourth to fifth position support, Maybe Next Time, stated that the team decided not to renew their contracts. He later announced that the team will be staying together and will register under a new banner.
According to a thread from the Dota 2 subreddit, one possible cause of the team's departure from Ad Finem is its poor salary rate. One fan pointed out that the players receive a scanty salary, which is around $300 - a value that is considered "pretty small" from Greece's standard cost of living.
However, it should be worth noting that the founder of Ad Finem, Marios Papasarantos, revealed in an interview, that the team gets all of its prize winnings - which is quite big considering it recently won an astonishing $500k from Boston Major.
Many are now speculating that the team will be signing for a prominent Greek organization, which will be revealed soon. As for their participation in the Kiev Major, it was announced that as long as the roster will continue to stick as a team, they will still be able to participate in the upcoming tournament.