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Blacklist International rounds super star SEA team for 2023 – Dota 2

Blacklist International

After just a couple of days since Blacklist International bought a DPC slot in the SEA region, the organization has recently announced an absolutely star studded Dota 2 squad that will play under their brand.

Blacklist International will include an all Filipino lineup with the likes of Marc “Raven” Fausto, Karl “Karl” Baldovino, Carlo “Kuku” Palad, Timothy “TIMS” Randrup, and Nico “eyyou” Barcelon.

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With The International 2022 already finished last month, the free agency season has started in full swing. Blacklist managed to sign most of the incredibly promising talents from the region going into the 2023 DPC season, as all the names included in the roster announcement had pretty successful seasons.

Outside of being a key member of the Fnatic Dota 2 lineup for two years straight, Raven decided to cut ties with the organization around the first week of November due to a 13th place spot at The International 11. While making it to TI is an achievement of its own, Fnatic hasn’t had a strong showing at the event since 2016.

Both Karl and Kuku switched from T1 to Blacklist after the T1 organization decided to break the entire roster. Once they signed ana and Topson to the lineup right before The International 11 started, turned T1 into one of the fan favorites in the competition, but they ultimately were not able to pass the Last Chance Qualifiers and get into The International 11.

Going into TIMS, he is coming off one of the most incredible The International campaigns in SEA history with previous squad BOOM Esports. After absolutely demolishing the SEA region for the entirety of the year, BOOM Esports found themselves in a hard place at The International 11 and somehow managed to survive via upsets against favorites to win the whole tournament.

Eyyou spent the last couple of months in the 2022 DPC season with Polaris Esports. While the team performed better than expected in regional and cross country third-party competitions, similar to T1 they also were not able to sustain the enemies’ onslaught and advance through the Last Chance Qualifiers.

As Blacklist managed to gather a full The International experienced roster, there is no question the organization will be depending on these players’ communication and team skills to take the organization to the most competitive events of the Dota 2 seasonal calendar.

Nevertheless, as with any superstar team, things can definitely go wrong. There are far more cases in the esports scene where building a star-filled lineup created communication and internal problems, mainly to find a balance between their respective style and gameplay. Only time will tell if Blacklist International will be the exception to the rule.

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