Tier One Entertainment : The ideal teams of 2023 come together during the roster reshuffle that follows TI. In addition to the free agency market, this is a great opportunity for teams to test the waters of the professional Dota 2 scene; Tier One Entertainment recently did exactly that by purchasing RSG‘s division one spot in the Southeast Asian Dota Pro Circuit.
CEO of Blacklist International Tryke Gutierrez acknowledged the purchase on Twitter, although the 2023 roster is yet unknown.
The Blacklist’s first foray outside of the mobile esports market, where it has been so popular, will be into Dota 2. After T1 disbanded in the SEA area, there will be a large pool of eligible free agents from whom Blacklist may choose to flesh up their roster.
Since many of the area’s best players would rather skip the trouble of the open qualifiers, the organization’s ability to get a division one seat from RSG makes them one of the key recruiters in the region.
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Although they came late to the scene, RSG had a rather successful DPC season and announced their Dota 2 squad on October 15th. The squad battled its way up from the lower division in April, eventually finishing fourth in the previous DPC tour. Since RSG’s comeback to professional Dota 2 occurred just before TI, the team may have been seeking the attention that many teams want in the lead-up to the event. RSG was able to join Division I after acquiring a young yet promising lineup and doing well in regional competitions.
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Now that TI is out of the way, RSG could have opted not to invest as much in the scene at the outset, knowing that they can always add a squad later in the year at a lower price.