Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen's recent playing activity suggests he is considering a move from midlane to offlane
Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen, who is a midlaner by trade, has participated in a staggering streak of almost 20 consecutive public Dota 2 matches. This information was brought to light by Dota2ProTracker, a reliable source for tracking and analyzing the performance of professional players in the game.
Is Topson Leaving Tundra?
Speculation has been brewing among fans, suggesting that the Tundra midlaner's recent series of offlaner roles in Dota 2 pubs might hint at a potential move to another team. While the community eagerly anticipates any official announcements, it's worth noting that Tundra's regular offlaner, Neta “33” Shapira, has been playing Dota 2 pubs as an offlaner as well.
It, therefore, seems increasingly likely that Topson is looking for a new role at a new team. Adding to the intrigue, prior reports from Cyber.Sports.ru hinted at Team Liquid's intentions to potentially bring in a member from Tundra, although the specific player's identity remained undisclosed. Could that player be Topson? The Riyadh Masters 2023 runner-ups are looking for an offlaner following the departure of Ludwig “zai” Wåhlberg.
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— Team Liquid Dota (@teamliquiddota) October 28, 2023
Topson's Offlane Adventures: How is He Playing?
Topson has been playing offlane from November 4, displaying a strong preference for Slardar. The Finnish player also dabbled with Tidehunter, Magnus, and Night Stalker in a few games. As of writing, he had a 50% win rate.
It's worth emphasizing that Topson has earned a reputation for his innovative and unconventional strategies within the Dota 2 community.
As a result, this transition may not necessarily signal a definitive change in his career path; rather, it could be another example of his creative approach to the game, keeping fans and opponents guessing about his next move.
What are Tundra's Post-TI12 Plans?
Topson signed for Tundra ahead of DreamLeague Season 21 and The International 2023, as he stepped in to fill the void left by Saksa. This transition triggered an interesting adjustment within the team dynamics, with Leon “nine” Kirilin willingly shifting from his original role to embrace the position 4 support position.
A noteworthy development in this context is the absence of registered games for Leon “nine” Kirilin on both of his Dota2ProTracker accounts over the past two weeks. This hiatus from competitive play on this platform raises questions about his current status within the team and the potential implications for Tundra's strategy as they prepare for upcoming challenges.
The situation invites speculation and curiosity from the Dota 2 community, as they eagerly await updates on the team's performance and roster dynamics.
Tundra delivered a strong performance during the group stage of The International 12, securing the top spot in their group. Their journey took an unexpected turn, however, when they suffered a shocking defeat to “nouns,” which sent them tumbling down to the lower bracket. In a disappointing twist of fate, Tundra's playoff run was cut short as they were swiftly eliminated by “Entity” in the opening round.
Despite these unexpected setbacks, Tundra have not made any official announcements regarding a roster reshuffle. The Dota 2 community is left speculating about the team's future plans and whether they will make adjustments to bounce back in the competitive scene. As fans eagerly await updates from the organization, the uncertainty surrounding Tundra's post-TI12 strategy keeps the community on edge.
Gorgc Reacts to Topson Playing Offlane
Streamer Janne “Gorgc” Stefanovski recently weighed in on Topson's foray into the offlane position in Dota 2 public matches. Gorgc expressed his perspective on this move, characterizing it as a gamble.
He also revisited Sébastien “Ceb” Debs' comments about Topson's offlane ventures.
“He might be changing his roles, but if you guys remember the story Ceb told when we were on the Lisbon couch, he said something like, ‘Yeah, Topson had to play offlane in one of our games.' Back when Ceb used to play Beastmasters and stuff mid. And he just fed relentlessly and they said they would never do that again. So I don't know if this is going to work, guys. We'll see, I guess. It's a bit of a gamble if he changes roles.”