Newbee used to be one of the best teams in the world a couple of years ago. However, after they won TI 4, things start to change slowly. In this period, they were unable to compete with the top teams. This led to further roster changes. After a year or so, the Chinese powerhouse was back on track, slaying their enemies left and right. After all, they even reached the Grand Finals in TI 7 where they lost against Team Liquid.
However, the last DPC season was a complete disaster for Song “Sccc” Chun and his team-mates. They were not able to win any big event whatsoever, which meant that they had to go through the open qualifiers in order to attend TI 9. Unfortunately, this did not happen and TI 4 champions missed the biggest event of the year.
After the main roster of Newbee failed, the organization decided to “acquire” FG. Yawar “YawaR” Hassan and co. had a fantastic run through the open qualifiers and looked to be a very promising team. However, it seems like they could not live up to the expectations.
Back to the Roots
It seems like the Chinese organization has given up on their NA squad. Instead, they announced on Weibo an entirely Chinese roster. What’s interesting is that two of the players played with Newbee last season – Yan “Waixi” Chao and Wen “Wizard” Lipeng. In addition to them, they decided to add three players from another Chinese team Typhoon – Lai “Fonte”‘ Xingyu and Yin “Aq” Rui.
The last piece of the puzzle is Zeng “Faith” Hongda. In case you did not know, he is one of the veterans of Chinese Dota. After all, he is a TI 2 winner with Invictus Gaming. Having said that, Faith was also a part of Newbee during their TI 7 run when they felt shortly against Team Liquid.
The new Newbee is a mixture of “old” and “new” players. It seems like this is the formula to success because most teams are diversifying their roster by doing the same thing.