Bravado Gaming shakes up the Dota 2 scene with new roster

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Bravado Gaming were always the powerhouse in Dota 2. From 2014 to 2016 they reigned supreme, running undefeated until meeting their match in the DGL Masters last year. After that, the team decided that it’s time to take a break and all five players have gone their separate ways. From then, it was White Rabbit Gaming’s time to shine and they too entered an unbeaten streak which led to the championship title at the VS Gaming Masters.

Bravado Gaming Dota 2, after their defeat last year, fell on hard times as the organization tried to fill their roster to regain former glory. Struggling against the now heavily competitive Dota 2 scene, Bravado were unable to put forward any considerate results. Things needed to change, and last night Bravado Gaming announced a new formidable lineup which is looking extremely promising.

“It’s been a couple of weeks since our relatively unexpected performance at the Electronic and Games Expo (The VS Gaming Masters) that took place at the CTICC in Cape Town, which our Defense of the Ancients 2 (DOTA2) squad placed much lower than we would have hoped and expected.” said Andreas Hadjipaschali, owner of Bravado Gaming.

Based on the past few months and couple of last events, we’ve decided to make changes to our DOTA2 roster in order to achieve our goal of being the number 1 DOTA2 squad once again.
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RDK (left) and 225 (right) in their final tournament for Bravado Gaming.

It’s true, we’re not used to seeing Bravado out so early in a competition and changes needed to be made. Their new lineup is in my opinion at least, really strong. And they’ve brought back two familiar faces as well as combined some top talent from other teams who are ready to fly the blue flag. Joining the team as the new captain will be Mark “Frank” Lehle, who also takes position 4 support. Joining as carry will be Michael “Santo” Myburg, two-time VS Gaming champion and previous carry for White Rabbit Gaming. Rising star Aidan “Depi” Marshal has parted ways with XTC Gaming to join as the solo mid, and the the final two players are familiar faces in the Bravado Squad. Returning to Bravado are two players who were once part of the unbeatable squad – Doni “Doni” Texeira and Abdur “Habibi_d” Kamdar will return as offlane and position 5 support respectively. In the press release, Doni is listed as a “temp offlane.” which means his position in the team may not be permanent as he has been competing internationally.

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This is an extremely strong lineup which has been put forward by Bravado Gaming, and the addition of Santo from White Rabbit Gaming has created mixed feelings after White Rabbit Gaming seemed like a tight-knit squad. It’s an interesting shake-up for the local Dota 2 scene, something that was truly needed in order to provide stronger competition. There are some casualties of course, and White Rabbit Gaming have already picked up Wesley “oDu” Rose who played alongside Habibi_d for Energy Esports. It seems Energy Esports took the brunt of it again in another Bravado lineup change losing two players, but Bravado’s previous members (who were part of Energy) will more than likely be looking for a new home once again.

There’s one last Dota 2 competition confirmed for 2017, the Orena Championship Series, and it will be our first taste of the new lineups.

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Last Updated: August 23, 2017

Kyle Wolmarans

Critical Hit’s esports guy. I talk about esports and drink whiskey. I also write and cast for elsewhere – but my work here is independent of that.

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