Spider Pigzs Rebuild Their Dota 2 Roster
An independent Dota 2 team, Spider Pigzs, announced a new roster ahead of The International 10 qualifiers. The change follows after their core players declined to extend contracts with Level UP.
Spider Pigzs Make a Return
Spider Pigzs have re-assembled their roster on Tuesday, June 15. The team previously operated since November 2020 but disbanded on February 24, 2021.
At the time, Spider Pigzs fielded a solid roster consisting of Stoyan “lil pleb” Postov, Damir “Mitch” Škaričić, Dino “dnz” Šavuk, Nikola “LeBronDota” Popović, and Tony “No!ob” Assaf, who played together for eight months. However, the team captain LeBronDota decided to disband the team after failing to reach the set goals.
While Mitch and lil pleb went their separate ways, LeBronDota, No!ob, and dnz reunited under Level UP’ banner. With Level UP, they enjoyed a successful run during the second season of the region’s lower division of the 2021 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC).
Level UP finished second in the regional league, behind only Vikin.gg. Their success earned LeBronDota and co. $16,000 in tournament prize and the organization’s first podium finish of the year.
Despite their success, LeBronDota, No!ob, and dnz decided not to extend their contracts with Level UP. They have instead announced they’re now free agents, looking for a new team.
While they wait for offers, LeBronDota, and his crew reunited at Spider Pigz, an amateur team LeBronDota formed back in February 2016. Joining the trio are veteran Gleb “Funn1k” Lipatnikov and former Cyberium carry Kamil “agressive child” Biktimirov, who will serve as a replacement for Leonardo “RdO” Fernandes.
RdO was expected to join Spider Pigzs but is unable to travel to Europe to train with the team. This left Spider Pigzs with no other choice but to find a replacement.
LeBronDota and co. Have Their Eyes Set on TI10
Spider Pigzs’ core success at the DreamLeague Season 15 DPC Western Europe Lower Division has earned them a spot at The International 10: Western Europe Qualifier. This presents LeBronDota and co. with a chance to compete for a ticket leading to the season-culminating tournament.
The International 10: Western Europe Qualifier will run from July 7-10 with 14 teams in attendance. Joining Spider Pigzs in their journey to TI10 are some of the strongest European Dota 2 esports teams who have failed to secure a direct invite for the $40-million tournament.
The qualifiers will feature Team Nigma, Team Liquid, Tundra Esports, OG, Vikin.gg, Brame, Hellbear Smashers, Ghost Frog, Team Bald Reborn, Into The Breach, No Bounty Hunter, Chicken Fighters, and Hippomaniacs.
Team Nigma, Team Liquid, Tundra Esports, and OG have all been invited to the qualifiers due to their high ranking in the DPC standings. Brame and HellBear Smashers have both qualified via the DPC upper-division, whereas the remaining sides earned their spot via the lower division.
A Tough Road Ahead of Spider Pigzs
Spider Pigzs will begin their TI10 qualifiers in the upper bracket, where they’ll face off against Team Liquid. They last met with Liquid back in December 2020 during the EPIC League Season 2 Play-in.
The match ended in a commanding 2-0 sweep for Team Liquid. Knowing how one-sided this match was last time out, Spider Pigzs will need to put on a show to upset the current no.19 team in the DPC standings.
If Spider Pigzs make it through the first round, they’ll then face off the winner of the Tundra Esports vs. Brame clash. Although both strong sides, Spider Pigzs have seen some success against Brame before, having beaten them twice since December 2020.
Although a lot will have to go right for Spider Pigzs to win the TI10 qualifiers, this roster has proven before that they can compete against Europe’s finest Dota 2 teams.
The esports bookmakers have yet to release odds for Spider Pigzs’ opening match of the tournament. However, you will be able to place down your first bet sometime in the following two weeks as we get closer to the long-awaited TI10 qualifiers.