Yesterday, the Dota 2 community was shocked following Digital Chaos' announcement of releasing their former squad in exchange for the rising NA team, Onyx. The former was the grand finalist of the previous TI6 where they came as an underdog but proved their ground to be considered as one of the best tier-1 teams. The latter, however, is the newly formed team comprising of three prominent NA players and two rising SEA players.
Many are wondering, why the organization has let go of one of the top-tiered teams in the world. What exactly happened? Let's take a look at how Team Onyx has been acquired by Digital Chaos and what is the future of the former DC team. Here's everything we know so far:
Digital Chaos and Team Onyx
In Digital Chaos' official page, the organization announced that they will officially part ways from their former roster and will acquire the recently formed, team Onyx. According to the announcement, the former roster and the management have mutually agreed that "the time was right for them to go and do their own thing." This cleared up some theories that the organization is experiencing feud within its members.
Upon acquiring team Onyx, the organization revealed that they're only nurturing aspiring teams that they deemed to have a shot at greatness - pointing out that the said team has a lot of potential for the upcoming Kiev Major. In Aliwi "w33" Omar's tweet, the player joked about the team's departure from the organization, saying that "this is all part of bulbas greater plan." This further proved that there is no squabble between the two teams.
The former Digital Chaos roster has formed a new banner under the name Thunderbirds which will be handled by their previous manager, Alyssa Dawn Thompson and William "Blitz" Lee. Furthermore, Thunderbirds announced that they will be taking Jacky "EternalEnvy" Mao as the team's official coach for the Kiev Major.
It's worth mentioning that the two teams both qualify for the Kiev Major as the event specifically invites players and not their respective organization. This means that as long as the roster stays intact, the invited teams will qualify for the premier event regardless of what organization they will be in.
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