mousesports has made the move back into the realm of Dota 2, announcing today it has signed the roster of "The Greeks," formerly Ad Finem.
The runner-up at the latest Valve Major, this roster has shown it can contend with top-tier Dota 2 squads. The team will be attending the first Valve sponsored Major to take place in the CIS region and the second Major of the 2016-2017 season, the Kiev Major
Player statements from the announcement made on the mousesports website:
"The organization has made us feel at home from day one. I'm happy I get to share these moments and experiences with the rest of the team and we are ready for anything. It will be an honour to walk this path with an organization as storied as mousesports", says captain "SsaSpartan". Carry "Madara" adds: "I'm very excited to be a part of mousesports. They have been in esports for a long time and they know what the players need so we can fully focus on playing Dota."
It has taken nearly two years for mousesports to make its way back into the water with the signing of this new team.
mousesports CEO Cengiz Tüylü gave the following statement:
"Dota is one of the most exciting games in esports with a huge and very dedicated fanbase, amazing events, and the biggest prize pools. We couldn't wait to get back into the Dota community and I believe we found the perfect group to take this step. Our roster is bursting with team spirit and passion for the game and their first week has exceeded all our expectations. They will make it easy for our fans to welcome them and we will do everything on our part to integrate them as quickly as possible. We are all looking forward to seeing the guys in action in Kiev."
mousesports Dota 2 squad:
- (GRE) Omar Mohammad "Madara" Dabachach (Position 1)
- (GRE) Dimitrios "ThuG" Plivouris (Position 2)
- (GRE) Charalampos "Skylark" Zafeiriou (Position 3)
- (GRE) Verros "MaybeNextTime" Apostolos (Position 4/5)
- (GRE) Georgios "SsaSpartan" Giannakopolous (Team Captain; Position 4/5)
- (GRE) Mike "Madao" Chatzialexiou (Team Manager)
- (GRE) Ioannis "conman" Theodoridis (Coach)
- (GBR) Allen "bonkers" Cook (Analyst)
The Kiev Major boasts a prize pool of $3 million dollars with the eventual champion taking home the lion's share of $1 million, a whopping 33 percent of the total prize pool.
Invited teams include The International 6 champions Wings Gaming which brought in the largest prize award in esports history at $9,139,002 of the tournament's $20,770,460 prize pool. Also in the list is Valve Major champions OG, as well as Evil Geniuses, Team Liquid, Ad Finem, Digital Chaos, Newbee, and VG. J.
Teams that have won their region qualifiers and earned a place in the event include iG Vitality from China, Virtus.pro from the CIS, Team Secret from Europe, Team Onyx from North America, SG Esports from South America, and Team Faceless and TNC Pro Team from the South-East Asia region.