According to a statement released by the team, TSM is leaving Dota 2. This move comes after a series of organizational changes, such as their withdrawal from Rainbow Six Seige and League of Legends’ LCS earlier in the year. Despite being let go by the organization, the former TSM Dota 2 roster, which included Matthew “Whitemon” Filemon, Aleksandr “Immersion” Khmelevskoi, Jonathan “Bryle” De Guia, Gainullin “kasane” Ilyas, Enzo “Timado” Gianoli, and coach David “MoonMeander” Tan, will remain together and participate as Team Undying. ESL stated after the team’s announcement of their withdrawal that the players would participate as Team Undying at ESL One Kuala Lumpur. Check out this information on TSM and more of our articles to help your dota 2 online betting adventures!
In 2021, Team Undying had a strong performance, finishing 3rd in the DPC Tours. A bronze medal earned on the Tours is inadequate to get into International LAN events because North America only receives two spots each Major. During the regional open qualifiers, Undying was able to secure a spot in The International 10 (TI10). The team finished 13–16th overall, not doing particularly well. Given the enormous prize fund for TI10, that’s an astounding USD $600,300 in earnings. Following their second-place finish on the opening Tour of the 2022 DPC season, TSM, which was previously known as Team Undying, acquired the lineup. The participants felt secure after years of discarding their tournament earnings because of this.
While competing, the group saw some measure of success; in May 2022, they placed 2nd at the ESL One Stockholm Major and won the DPC NA 2021–2022 Tour One Regional Final. However, among their more recent outcomes was a lackluster showing at Dota 2’s 2023 The International.
TI12 dealt the lineup’s final blow. Due to the drastically lower funding, TSM only received USD $66,000, or about 10% of what they made at the same event two years earlier, even though they finished in the top 12 of the tournament.
Because of the organization’s frequent changes, several supporters are unsure if the team will survive. Some fans of what is regarded as one of the largest esports organizations in North America are complaining that their beloved esports team is “dying.” Whether this is true or not, fans’ perceptions of the once-great NA squad and its future have undoubtedly been clouded by TSM’s announcement.
When TSM first got involved in Dota, there were rumors that the squad signing was done to appease FTX, the game’s sponsors at the time. Even though the lineup was retained following FTX’s turbulent exit, the organization’s decision to remove the roster precisely a year later raises the possibility that these speculations were accurate. Over the past 18 months, TSM’s influence on the esports industry has drastically decreased. Following a disastrous agreement that saw an agreement worth over $200 million fall apart with cryptocurrency exchange FTX, TSM was forced to drastically reduce its spending.
Rumor has it that TSM will follow the path of EG, another struggling NA esports team, and purchase a South American Dota spot. In terms of expense and brand recognition, the change would make sense because the TSM name is still somewhat respected in the Americas.