Chaos Esports Club announced on Wednesday, March 25, they're releasing the former Quincy Crew squad from their Dota2 roster, just five months after signing the quintet of players under the North American banner.
The announcement comes as a shock to many, as Chaos Esports Club quickly established themselves as serious Dota2 contenders in the North American region, however, due to the coronavirus pandemic, which brought with it a lot of uncertainty of the 2019/20 Dota Pro Circuit schedule, Chaos seemingly decided to focus on other, more stable projects.
"Today we, unfortunately, have to announce the release of our Dota 2 Roster," read the announcement on Chaos EC's official Twitter page.
"If you are an organization or sponsor looking to work with the team please contact their manager, KBBQDotA, directly via [email protected]"
Yawar "YawaR" Hassan, Quinn "CCnC" Callahan, Jonáš "SabeRLight-" Volek, Arif "MSS" Anwar and Avery "SVG" Silverman arrived at Chaos EC on November 5, 2019, when Chaos signed the entire Quincy Crew roster in a bid to start fresh, after parting ways with their previous roster of Cheng "vtFaded" Jia Hao, Lasse "MATUMBAMAN" Urpalainen, Maurice "KheZu" Gutmann, Milan "MiLAN" Kozomara and Rasmus "MISERY" Berth Filipsen, who left for EHOME, Team Secret, Godsent, Chicken Fighters and Cloud9 respectively.
Since acquiring the promising roster, led by the experienced Dota2 veteran SVG, Chaos Esports saw a reasonable amount of success. SVG and co. pocketed a silver medal at DOTA Summit 11, just a week after signing with Chaos and later in December put up a dominant run at DreamLeague Season 13 North America Closed Qualifier, where they lost only one map throughout the whole qualifiers and secured a ticket for Leipzig Major.
Despite their commanding performance in the North American qualifiers, however, Chaos EC failed to live up to the expectations in Leipzig, where they struggled to make it out of their group, after suffering two painful 0-2 defeats against beastcoast and ViCi Gaming, thus finished their Major debut dead last at 13th-16th place with a US $12,500 consolation prize and 100 DPC points.
After a poor run at Leipzig Major, Chaos EC benched DM and replaced him with Malthe "Biver" Winther, who helped his team at ESL One Los Angeles 2020 North America Closed Qualifier, where SVG and co. put up a memorable run, defeating the likes of Team Xolotl, TEAM TEAM and DoZe in the group stage to secure a second seed and a ticket for the playoffs, where defeated business associates twice to book a ticket for the ESL One Los Angeles Major. Unfortunately, the LA Major ended up postponed, meaning Chaos were denied a chance to prove themselves at the top-level of Dota2 competitive scene.
As it stands now, the organisation is working hard with its former players to help them find accommodation while they're searching for a new organisation to sign them.
“This is not a decision we made lightly, but during these uncertain times and with the DPC circuit suspended it is impossible for us to justify the cost of a Dota 2 team at this time,” said Greg Laird, Chaos EC CEO.
“The world is an unprecedented situation and it is necessary for us to focus our efforts into a few key current & upcoming projects for the long term success of the organization.”
Although this marks the end of the road for the players and their venture with Chaos esports organisation, this is by no means the end of their Dota2 career. Boasting with some of the biggest talents in the scene, the former Quincy Crew roster is bound to find a new home in no time. That said, it remains to be seen whether the stack will look to stick together and look for sponsorship deals or break apart and look to continue their Dota2 careers separated.
With Chaos EC's announcement of releasing their Dota2 roster, there are now two Dota2 stacks without an organisation in Quincy Crew and former J.Storm roster, which currently competes under business associates banner. While both talented stack of players, finding a new home in the current climate might prove difficult, due to the uncertainty and instability of the DPC schedule, which already had its EPICENTER Major cancelled and ESL One Los Angeles postponed, while The International 10 remains under question amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
The now reunited Quincy Crew stack is slated to battle it out at ESL One Los Angeles Major, which is set to kick off on March 28 with an online format.
Quincy Crew Dota2 roster:
Yawar "YawaR" Hassan
Quinn "CCnC" Callahan
Arif "MSS" Anwar
Malthe "Biver" Winther
Avery "SVG" Silverman