OMEGA Esports has announced that they have parted ways with their Dota 2 roster, meaning that former SEA Games gold medalists Bryle “cml” Alvizo and Mc Nicholson “Mac” Vilanueva will both be looking for new teams, as well as Sam “Sam_H” Hidalgo, Justine Ryan “Tino” Grimaldo and Mark Jubert “Shanks” Redira.
However, in what will come as welcome news for followers of the team, OMEGA will still be entering a team at upcoming Dota 2 events, including the Dota Pro Circuit, which gets underway following The International 10. Speaking on the decision, the org released the following statement on Facebook:
What OMEGA has said on the news
“This roster has carried our green and blue jersey through various tournaments and esports leagues. Together, we’ve garnered numerous achievements and even secured the Upper Division slot at the Dota 2 Pro Circuit. Their experiences, skills, and knowledge of the game individually and as a team are undeniably unequaled. We are truly grateful for your efforts in carrying the Smart Omega Esports banner.”
What OMEGA has achieved within Dota 2 so far
OMEGA finished second in the Dota 2 Pro Circuit SEA Season One. However, the loss of captain Marvin “Boomy” Rushton and key offlaner Jun “Bok” Kanehara to TNC Predator hit the team hard. Replacements Sam_H and Shanks failed to have the desired impact, with the team having finished sixth in the DPC SEA Season 2. They then only managed a 9th-12th place finish at The International Regional Qualifiers, following a defeat at the hands of Galaxy Racers in the lower bracket.
Continuing in their press release, OMEGA stated that: “The Smart Omega Esports management will use this opportunity to prepare for the next wave of Dota 2 leagues, especially with the upcoming DPC season, so be sure to follow our page for the next update regarding our roster.”
It has certainly been a period of change for OMEGA, who released their Mobile Legends lineup earlier in the month. However, the org did announce that it had acquired that Execration ML roster a little later on.