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Bensoy Parts Ways With Adroit Esports. Forev To Stand-In.

Filipino Dota 2 player, Prince Vince “Bensoy” Enriquez has parted ways with Adroit Esports. In his place, Korean offlaner Lee “Forev” Sang-don will be joining the team on a stand-in basis, the Southeast Asian organization announced today.

Bensoy’s Departure From Adroit Esports

Adroit Esports announced that they were parting ways with Bensoy on their social media handles, thanking him for their past successes and wishing him luck for future endeavors that the player might undertake.

Bensoy Departure from Adroit Esports

Bensoy joined Adroit Esports on July 16 following the departure of longtime veteran Bok. 

RELATED:  Adroit Dota Releases Bok From Their Roster

Unfortunately, after the roster change Adroit Esports did not perform as well as they did with their previous offlaner only finishing in 9th-10th place in the OMEGA League: Asia Divine Division and ESL One Thailand 2020: Asia.

Bensoy Results With Adroit Esports

Forev Will Tryout For The Team’s Vacant Offlane Role

To replace Bensoy, Adroit Esports is bringing in one of the most experienced offlaners in the region. Forev who recently stood in for Fnatic at ESL One Thailand 2020: Asia and the BTS Pro Series Season 3: Southeast Asia following his departure from T1 will be joining the team.

Forev Addition Adroit Esports

The South Korean is one of the most experienced players in the region having attended multiple TIs and having played in several top-notch teams including Team Secret, Digital Chaos, and MVP Phoenix. The player certainly has the capability to fit in as a proper leader which is something that Adroit Esports have lacked since the departure of Bok from the lineup.

However, unless Forev does well in this short period with Adroit Esports, it’s unlikely that he’ll permanently stay with the team.

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Adroit Esports are currently competing in the Vita Bona Cup 2020. 

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Nigma To Play without KuroKy At ESL One Germany 2020

Team Nigma has been missing captain Kuro ” KuroKy ” Salehi’s intelligence and understanding of the game for a long time now. KuroKy’s arm injury has caused a great deal of concern for the TI7 champions as they have not managed to showcase their true potential as a team, especially visible in their last tournament. He is set to miss another tournament in the form of ESL One Germany 2020 which marks the captain’s 4th consecutive absence from the team. 

RELATED:  Nigma Knocked Out Of OGA Dota Pit Season 3

The organization revealed this on their social media handle earlier today announcing that coach Roman “rmN-” Paley will be standing in.

Team Nigma’s Results Without Captain KuroKy  

Team Nigma has had considerable success with coach Roman “rmN-” Paley standing in for the team. They won the OGA Dota PIT Season 2: Europe/CIS in his first stand-in tournament with the team. Team Nigma also stood 3rd at the OMEGA League: Europe Immortal Division. But despite all this success, players explained in post-match interviews how the team was missing the leadership and in-game calling of captain KuroKy. Also, in the recently concluded OGA Dota PIT Season 3: Europe/CIS, the team looked lackluster and made some very questionable plays and item choices. As a result, they lost 2-0 to both Natus Vincere and VP.Prodigy and became the first team to get eliminated. 

Certainly, the team needs its captain back to deliver the best of performance. The team has been together for a long time now and any change is likely to disrupt the team balance. No doubt, rmN- has also been the coach for the team for the last two years but planning and execution of those plans are two different sides of a coin.

RELATED:  rmN- To Continue Standing In For Injured KuroKy

Captain KuroKy has been sidelined with an arm injury for nearly 4 months now. Fans of Team Nigma will have to wait longer to watch KuroKy back in action. As for Team Nigma, they will be playing their first match at the ESL One Germany 2020 against Yellow Submarines on October 7. 

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Players And Talent Question Valve’s Continued Silence

After one of the only sponsored organizations in North America, CR4ZY released all of its esports rosters on October 5. Notable people in the Dota 2 pro scene have aired their concerns regarding Valve’s inability to sustain the competitive scene. They have also condemned the subsequent silence by Valve since a solitary statement by them in early September. 

RELATED:  CR4ZY Releases Its Rosters Due To Uncertainty In The Esports World

Dota 2 Needs a Healing Salve From Valve! 

With more and more teams disbanding or getting released from sponsored organizations, players and talent are getting more disappointed and uncertain about their future.

Dota 2 as a game is “dying” according to ex-CR4ZY support player David “MoonMeander” Tan. After CR4ZY officially announced their exit from the professional scene, MoonMeander thanked the organization for their dedication and pointed out at the disruption of DPC due to Covid-19. In a reply to his previous tweet, he lamented the impotence of Valve to organize any Dota 2 tournament for the rest of 2020 in the North American scene despite receiving a humongous sum of  $120,000,000 from the Battle Pass. He also points out at the vague future of DPC 2020-21 as Valve had just mentioned in its statement in September that it will likely resume in Jan-Feb 2021. 

He further asked people to speak up about this matter and mentions the possibility of the professional scene of Dota 2 dying like the Heroes of Newerth.

Renowned caster Austin “Capitalist” Walsh replied to MoonMeander’s statements by saying that the break caused due to the pandemic was an opportunity to introduce an innovative Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) but nothing has happened since then. 

Maurice “KheZu” Gutmann also expressed his dissatisfaction with Valve over no help to the Dota 2 scene, especially in North America where only one sponsored team exists now ie. Evil Geniuses. Lack of money and sponsors, no LAN events and minimal online tournaments were his concerns.  He also thanked BeyondTheSummit for hosting online leagues during the past months.

Host Alan “Nahaz” Bester asserted that the reason for such a dismal looking competitive scene was not only because of the pandemic. He insisted that Valve needed to step up in order to support more Dota 2 organizations.

Nahaz's dissatisfaction with Valve over lack of tournamentsImage Via Twitter

Havan Liberty’s coach Astini again pointed out the lack of support from Valve in the NA/SA scene. He had earlier called out Valve for not organizing tournaments in the Americas region after Havan Liberty’s exit from BTS Pro Series Season 3: Americas.

RELATED:  Havan Liberty’s Coach Laments The Lack of SA/NA Tournaments

A number of people involved in the competitive scene have now voiced their opinions against Valve for their explicit ignorance for the upliftment and survival of Dota 2. They have also put forward their belief that people who raise their voices against Valve have been snubbed and it is high time that everybody gets together for the betterment of the game and its scene. 

Considering the fact that third party tournament organizers like BeyondTheSummit, ESL, and WePlay! can organize online leagues while Riot Games can hold the League of Legends World Championship in an LAN setting, Valve’s reluctance to restart the DPC season certainly does reflect poorly. 

Valve has made close to $120 Million USD with their TI10 Battle Pass. Unfortunately, they’ve not supported the professional esports scene in a meaningful way since they shut down the DPC way back in March.

RELATED:  The International 10’s Prize Pool Exceeds $36 Million

It is high time when Valve needs to pull its socks up and actually contribute to the professional scene of Dota 2 so that there is certainty regarding player income, a well-rounded scene for the talent and some high intense and competitive Dota 2 action for the fans. 

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PSG.LGD Book a Spot In the Grand Finals of China Dota 2 Pro Cup Season 1

It looks like PSG.LGD is starting to regain its former glory as they booked a spot in the grand finals of China Dota 2 Pro Cup Season 1. PSG.LGD defeated Vici Gaming 2-0 comprehensively in the upper bracket finals earlier today, continuing their top form in the tournament. 

PSG.LGD at its Absolute Best!

China Dota 2 Pro Cup Season 1 was the first showing formost of the Chinese teams impacted by the mega Chinese roster Shuffle. PSG.LGD  emerged to be the finest among the others as they showcased some unorthodox but impactful strategy and gameplay. They dropped only a single series on their road to the grand finals. Though they were placed at 2nd position in the group stages, their form in the finals was simply sublime.  

RELATED:  Your Guide to The Mega Chinese Roster Shuffle

PSG.LGD did not drop a single match in their playoff run, first beating EHOME and then Royal Never Give Up. Both were clean 2-0 sweeps.  

The upper bracket series against Vici Gaming was expected to be a highly competitive affair but PSG.LGD just looked like a different team altogether. Even when it looked like the game was slipping off their hands, their execution of the draft was so impeccable that they pulled the match back to their advantage. 

In Game 1, we saw a very clear and well-rounded draft from both sides. PSG.LGD got the better of the laning phase and established a decent networth lead of 5k at 27 minutes into the game. Though the draft was conventional from PSG.LGD, we witnessed a very farm intensive build from Ame, picking up the Aghanim’s Scepter after the Battle Fury in a bid to keep pace with the empowered Juggernaut for Vici Gaming. A panicky teamfight by PSG.LGD at the Roshan pit proved to be costly as they got team wiped by Vici Gaming and brought the game to an even position. 

But PSG.LGD being the superior team and Ame on a very fat Monkey King did not allow Vici Gaming to take hold of the game. They identified their power peaks and looked to take Vici Gaming head-on. Vici Gaming had no answers to PSG.LGD’s gameplay and they eventually lost the game in 41 minutes.

In Game 2 as well, the teams had good individual drafts that played around their safe lane carries. PSG.LGD played beautifully throughout the game, creating enough space for their carry, Ame’s Anti-Mage. On the other hand, Faceless Void tried to match the farming capacity of Anti-Mage with a second item Battle Fury but was unable to do so. PSG.LGD picked up the intensity once they got Abyssal Blade on Anti-Mage and started picking off heroes. Vici Gaming tried to counter react with the Phoenix Egg, Witch Doctor’s Death Ward and Chronosphere combo but could not inflict enough damage to win teamfights. PSG.LGD was able to close out the game in 35 minutes and move to the grand finals of the tournament. 

PSG.LGD has looked really versatile in their gameplay as their players have played a number of different heroes. We have witnessed an offlane Troll Warlord, a mid Rubick, Position 4 Monkey King, Faceless Void and Techies. As a matter of fact, Wang “Ame” Chunyu has played 11 different carry heroes in 15 matches until now. They seem to be the most synchronized roster among all the teams in the tournament.

RELATED:  ViCi Gaming and PSG.LGD Underline Their Credentials at the China Dota 2 Pro Cup S1

PSG.LGD will face the winner of Vici Gaming Vs EHOME tomorrow i.e September 3 in the grand finals of the China Dota 2 Pro Cup Season 1. The tournament is being held on LAN and is the first one since the coronavirus halted offline Dota 2 events.

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Rumours: The Future Of Free Agents- Kuku, iceiceice and Jabz

This era of online gaming have been witness to a large number of roster shuffles in nearlyevery region. Uncertainty regarding player income, substandard team performances and lack of online leagues have all forced radical changes in various squads. Among all these roster changes, some veteran players in the Southeast Asian region that include Kuku, iceiceice, Jabz are still looking for a new team.

Where will Kuku, iceiceice and Jabz go? 

At the end of September, Carlo “Kuku” Palad had tweeted that he was looking for a new team ahead of the upcoming season for the position 3 role and could be the captain/drafter.

RELATED:  Filipino Dota 2 Player Kuku Is Still Looking For a Team

Daryl Koh “iceiceice” Pei Xiang and Anucha “Jabz” Jirawong departed from Fnatic in early September. Jabz was replaced by Filipino support Nico “eyyou” Barcelon who was also removed later.

RELATED:  iceiceice And eyyou Depart From Fnatic

In a thread by u/SeaNostra on Reddit, he has listed out the possible future of these free agents. Allegedly, Kuku has an ongoing offer with a North American or a CIS team, but he might be making his own team in collaboration with a Filipino organization called Gilas. He also speculated that Kuku invited Abed and DJ to form this new team but they intended to stay on their respective teams – Evil Genuises and Fnatic.

According to the thread, Team Faceless that was formed in 2016 with iceiceice and Jabz as two of its members, but disbanded in 2017, might make a return with both these players. Iceiceice and Jabz are devoid of any team at the moment and he guesses that Team Faceless team can be rebuilt.

He further writes that TNC Predator might revamp into a full Filipino squad if Australian offlaner for the team Damien “kpii” Chok decided not to extend his contract with the team. The team has already been left with 4 members after captain Park “March” Tae-won departed from the roster on September 28. Kpii just completed a year with TNC Predator last month and will be interesting to see if he renews his contract or not. If this rumor turns out to be true, TNC Predator will have to look for two more players to make a full squad.

ALSO READ:  4AM Roster Announced On Weibo; Eurus Is Not The Carry

The future of the SEA professional Dota 2 scene is presently uncertain due to many roster shuffles and postponement of DPC 2020-21 and with all these rumours and guesses at the moment, it will be interesting to see if any of them turn out to be true.

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4AM Roster Announced On Weibo; Eurus Is Not The Carry

The Dota 2 community will no longer be left cooling their heels as the Chinese super team, 4AM has finally unveiled its roster. For the last two months, there have been innumerable speculations regarding the 5 man of the team and later, about the final release of the roster. Now, we place the final puzzle of the Mega Chinese Roster Shuffle as Elephant.4AM has revealed their final team.

RELATED:  Fy Confirms That 4AM Has Signed Maybe, Yang and Himself

4AM Roster releases with a twist  

The roster announcement of 4AM has been revealed with a little surprise. While the rumours have been on point in the inclusion of Maybe, Yang, fy and RedPanda to the team, the carry player for the team is not Eurus. Infact, ex- Ehome player Liu “Sylar” Jiajun has joined in as the position 1 player for the team. 

fy had announced two days earlier that the team had arrived in Shanghai and were ready to unveil their roster on October 1. In the statement released by 4.AM, they have mentioned their collaboration with a well known Chinese company Little Elephant and Big Goose Culture the final organization will be termed as 4AM. Little Elephant. They further wrote, “ The team and the Elephant Bgoose organization have come together on the Dota 2 project as a strategic alliance and both the parties are passionate to build this team into one of most commercialized e-sports teams in China.”

It is being speculated that 4AM and ViCi Gaming were involved in an agreement. One of ViCi Gaming’s founders has criticized 4AM for its roster updates on Weibo. According to him, Eurus is still under contract with VG until September 2021. Considering the fact that VG has already signed 23Savage, there is a high possibility that 4AM backed off at the last minute to take Eurus. The speculated amount of this transfer is being rumoured at around 1.8 million RMB (260K USD).

RELATED:  Fy States That 4AM Roster Will Be Announced On Oct 1

It will be interesting to see if there are any true elements in this rumour. Also, there is no information currently, about which team Eurus is going to join. For the time being, 4AM still has a legendary squad and will be possibly making their debut in upcoming Chinese tournaments.

4AM’s Final Roster:

  1. Liu “Sylar” Jiajun

  2. Lu “Somnus/Maybe” Yao

  3. Zhou “Yang” Haiyang

  4. Xu “fy” Linsen

  5. Ru “RedPanda” Zhihao

Team’s assistant coach is Chen “Xz” Zezhi who last played for LGD.Gaming in 2017.

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Team Secret, ODPixel Nominated For Esports Awards 2020

The fifth iteration of the Esports Awards has finally revealed the nominations in various industry categories that include Creative, Pro, On-Air Talent and the Community. Dota 2’s talent and players have made it to the finals in the professional and on-air talent categories with Team Secret taking the spotlight. 

Team Secret Represent Dota 2 at the Esports Awards 2020 

Team Secret is representing Dota 2 in three categories at the Esports Awards 2020 which are:

  1.    Esports Team of the Year
  2.    Esports Coach of the Year: Heen
  3.    Esports PC Player of the Year: Nisha, Matumbaman

Team Secret has been indomitable for the last 6 months as they have won every single tournament they have played. They recently secured their eighth consecutive 3-0 grand finals tournament win at the OGA Dota PIT Season 3: Europe/CIS. So, their nomination at the Esports Awards 2020 is no surprise to any Dota 2 fan.

RELATED:  Opinion: Team Secret’s Winning Streak Has Changed Dota 2

While the whole team has looked spectacular throughout this prosperous phase, Lasse Aukusti “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen and Michał “Nisha” Jankowski have been nominated for the best Esports PC player of the Year. Nisha is one of the best and most versatile mid players in the pro Dota 2 scene right now and a big reason why Team Secret never loses the laning phase. MATUMBAMAN has evolved into a master tier carry player with Team Secret and looks like he has been able to explore his real potential and gameplay with this team.

Caster and Host Nominations For Dota 2 Talent

Dota 2 casters and analysts have also found themselves in the finals of the awards. Owen “ODPixel” Davies, known for this energetic casting, has been nominated for the Esports Caster Of The Year (Play By Play). His general partner while casting Ioannis “Fogged” Loucas, who is also a great analyst, has made it to the finals of two awards, Esports Analyst Of The Year and Esports Caster Of The Year (Colour). The caster duo of ODPixel and Fogged is one of the most enjoyed by the Dota 2 fans. 

Another veteran of the Dota 2 on-air talent, host Jorien “Sheever” van der Heijden is the finalist of Esports Host Of The Year. She is one of the most loved personalities by the Dota 2 fraternity. Her comeback into the professional scene after a courageous battle with cancer also serves as an inspiration to many.

RELATED:  Sheever Reveals that she is Cancer-Free

Dota 2 ,as a game, has been nominated in the Esports Game of the Year in association with Koyo. The Dota 2 International documentary series Truesight’s TI9 version has also made it to the finals in the Esports Creative Piece of the Year.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, an offline live event will not be possible this year. But all of you can vote for your favourite game and players here.

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SoNNeikO Teams Up With iLTW in New CIS Team

Former NiP player and captain, Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev has just announced his return to the professional Dota 2 scene with his new stack featuring the likes of Igor “iLTW” Filatov, and Alexander “Immersion” Hmelevskoy. This was announced through SoNNeikO’s official VKontakte profile. This also likely confirms that CIS powerhouse Virtus.Pro is undergoing roster shuffles.

SoNNeiko Team Announcement

SoNNeikO Announces New Roster

The name of this stack is yet to be revealed. However, it features a number of players who have previously played in many of the Tier 1 CIS teams in the past.

Carry: iLTW

Virtus.Pro’s disappointing results in previous tournaments has lead the organization to make significant changes to the team. Carry player iLTW looks like he has departed from the organization as a result.

RELATED:  Virtus.Pro Hints At Upcoming Roster Changes

Mid: Ergon 

Ergon comes from Team Spirit which has seemingly disbanded after the conclusion of the OGA Dota PIT 2020 Online: Europe/CIS, following sub-par performances across several tournaments. 

Offlane: Afterlife

Afterlife is another Team Spirit Alumni who has been struggling to find a place for himself in the competitive CIS scene. His most recent stint was with Team Extremum which has consistently underperformed

Pos 4: Immersion

Immersion was Na’Vi’s captain initially before he was removed alongside the rest of his time after the organization’s acquisition of the FlyToMoon roster.

RELATED:  Na’Vi Signs Full FlyToMoon Squad On A Trial Basis

Pos 5: SoNNeikO has been teamless ever since his removal from the NiP squad. He is considered to be one of the finest captains in the region, which has lead to many fans eagerly awaiting his return to the pro-Dota 2 scene.

The first tournament in which we can see this roster in action is likely the Omega League Season 2.

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Fy States That 4AM Roster Will Be Announced On Oct 1

Amidst all the speculations regarding the official release of the 4AM roster, Xu “fy” Linsen has finally given us some information regarding the date of the announcement of the roster. In his stream on the Chinese streaming website Huya, he stated that the 4AM squad will likely be revealed on the National Day of China (October 1).

RELATED:  Fy Confirms That 4AM Has Signed Maybe, Yang and Himself

The Return Of Chinese Legends in 4AM

Fy in his stream, revealed the final dates for team orientation and the release of the roster. He stated:

“The team will meet on the 29th for a check-in video or something, and a makeup shoot, and I’ll go a day early to grab a good room and save myself the trouble of being told that it’s my room when I come in for a bathroom break half a month before and that no one should be able to say anything like that!

I anticipate that out announcement will be on National Day”

National Day for China falls on October 1st. So we might very well be seeing a confirmation of the 4AM roster on that day.

4AM Coach and Bootcamp Details:

Whilst many have speculated that Bai “rOtK” Fan will be the coach of the new 4AM team, He stated that it is not easy to reveal the coach, stating that negotiations are still ongoing and that neither side is in a hurry.

The player also added that the team will be based in Shanghai.

This statement by Fy comes in as a pleasant surprise for the Chinese Dota 2 fans who have been waiting for the past one month to get an official confirmation regarding the 4AM Roster.

ViCI Gaming’s Social Media manager, Staka, also tweeted about the 4AM roster, providing more details regarding the organization. According to him, 4AM will be known as Elephant 4AM and also attached a picture, in what he considers to be the logo of the team. Also, a Chinese scribbling on a piece of paper suggests that Yang, Maybe and RedPanda have already joined the base in Shanghai that Fy mentioned.

4AM’s rumoured roster:

  1. Zhang “Eurus” Chengjun

  2. Lu “Somnus丶M” Yao

  3. Zhou “Yang” Haiyan

  4. Xu “fy” Linsen

  5. Ru “RedPanda” Zhihao

  6. Bai “rOtK” Fan (coach)

If true, Elephant 4 Angry Men look ridiculously stacked on paper with the superstar names it has. Somnus and Fy left PSG.LGD in early September after achieving momentous success with the team whereas Eurus and Yang also left ViCi Gaming this September after a successful long period with the squad. RedPanda is a relatively newer but extremely talented support player who last played for Sparkling Arrow Gaming. 

RELATED:  Your Guide to The Mega Chinese Roster Shuffle

It will be a treat to watch these guys in action to finally culminate the Chinese roster shuffle. Which revamped Chinese team is going to dominate the Dota 2 scene in the region? Only time will tell. For now, everybody awaits the official release of the Elephant 4 Angry Men roster.

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Forev, QO Team Up For The Moon Studio Mid-Autumn League

South Korean stars Lee “Forev” Sang-don and Kim “QO” Sun Yeob have formed a stack to compete in the Moon Studio Mid-Autumn League, set to begin on October 1, 2020. Forev announced this through a tweet and according to Liquipedia, the team is named Phantasm. 

ALSO READ:  March Parts Ways With TNC Predator

A comeback for Forev and QO

Forev and QO were a part of the legendary MVP Phoenix squad that had impressive runs in the TI5 – TI6 period. They placed 7-8th in TI5 and 5-6th in TI6. They also secured a first place finish at the Dota Pit League Season 4 in 2016 where they defeated TI5 champions Evil Geniuses in the grand finals. The team disbanded in 2017 after the players split into various teams. The players got back together in September 2017 under the Immortals banner but did not find substantial success and disbanded later. While Forev recently played for T1, QO switched between a sub and coach for the Australian squad, Team Oracle. Now, for the first time since 2017, Forev and QO have reunited with their Ex-MVP Phoenix coach Wong “NutZ” Jeng Yih to form a team with ex-Reality Rift support player Ravdan “Hustla” Narmandakh and a young face Jonas “ Nasjo” Samonte. NutZ last captained Reality Rift before the team disbanded on September 1, 2020. 

RELATED:  Reality Rift Shuts Down Dota 2 Team

Their team Phantasm will be playing in the Moon Studio Mid-Autumn League involving many teams from China and Southeast Asia. In their Southeast Asian group, BOOM Esports, Motivate.Trust Gaming and Neon Esports will be teams to look out for, owing to their recent strong performances at the BTS Pro Series 3: Southeast Asia. It will be interesting to see how the stack of Forev and QO pans out as they have an excellent combo of experience and talent in their team. The two have put up some excellent performances on the main stage in the past.

Phantasm’s final roster:

  1. Kim “QO” Sun Yeob

  2. Jonas “ Nasjo” Samonte

  3. Lee “Forev” Sang-don

  4. Ravdan “Hustla” Narmandakh

  5. Wong “NutZ” Jeng Yih

In a time where we are seeing a lot of teams shutting down their active rosters because of the uncertainty of the DPC 2020-21 and the resulting lack of tournaments, it will be intriguing to see if this Phantasm squad will look to stick together in case they deliver a strong performance at the Moon Studio Mid-Autumn League.