NAVI Signs PuckChamp: Impact on CIS Dota 2 Scene
During the 2022 season of the Eastern European DPC, NAVI was relegated from the first division to the second division, which means they will have to compete in a lower tier of competition to earn their way back up to the top level. As a result, the organisation changed its Dota 2 roster to improve its performance and results.
PuckChamp is another Dota 2 team that emerged in the competitive scene in 2021, consisting of talented players from the CIS region. Throughout 2022, PuckChamp and NAVI had close ties, with some of PuckChamp’s players even standing in for NAVI during various tournaments. This led to rumours that NAVI might be looking to sign PuckChamp’s entire roster to rebuild their team.
The rumours were confirmed when NAVI announced on Twitter that it had officially signed PuckChamp as its official Dota 2 roster.
Disappointing Season for NAVI
The decision comes after a disappointing season for NAVI that left the organisation puzzled about how to proceed. The team even considered leaving the discipline altogether. However, NAVI eventually decided to stay in the competition and the first division, leading to the signing of PuckChamp.
NAVI Junior Utilizes Additional Spot in Division Two
It was widely expected that NAVI would sign PuckChamp, given their close relationship over the past year, which was further solidified when PuckChamp players occasionally stood in for NAVI during tournaments. As the PuckChamp roster’s success and reputation grew, it was only a matter of time before a significant esports organisation took notice. The acquisition of PuckChamp now allows NAVI to secure an additional spot in division two, which will be utilised for NAVI Junior, and also offers the possibility for future transfers with the inclusion of Georgii “swedenstrong” Zainalabidov, a former NAVI player who has been made available as part of the team’s restructuring efforts. This move will undoubtedly make NAVI a force to be reckoned with as they aim to return to the top tier of the competitive Dota 2 scene.
NAVI’s decision to sign PuckChamp is a calculated move that aims to improve the team’s chances of avoiding future DPC relegation. The combination of established players and rising stars in their Dota 2 roster positions them for a promising return to the upper echelon of the competitive scene. Fans of both NAVI and PuckChamp will eagerly await how this new roster fares in the cut-throat world of professional Dota 2. By acquiring PuckChamp, NAVI has not only reinforced its ranks with top-tier talent but also demonstrated its willingness to invest in the team’s future.
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