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Published: February 23, 2022

Written by: Stefan Velikov

  • Tundra Esports is now ready for the next DPC season
  • Jingjun “Sneyking” Wu will shift to the position 5 role, becoming team captain
  • This signing comes says after Fata’s controversial leaving of the team

Tundra Esports continues its roster rearrangements by signing OG player Martin “Saksa” Sazdov just a few days after TE parted ways with Adrian “Fata” Trinks.

TE Signs Saksa as Player Returns from Retirement  

The next DPC season is coming soon and teams are eagerly reshuffling rosters and scrambling to sign the players they want. One such team is Tundra Esports, who recently signed the North Macedonian player Martin “Saksa” Sazdov. This marks the player’s return to competitive Dota 2 after a three-month break following the conclusion of The International 10.

Saksa enters the team taking up his usual position 4. This means that Jingjun “Sneyking” Wu will shift to the position 5 roles, meaning the American-Chinese player will become Tundra’s new captain.

Tundra’s co-founder and esports and operations director Anthony Graham said “We are very excited to welcome Saksa. He has already made a strong connection with the team which we believe is vital for performance.“

Before joining Tundra Esports Saksa played for Ninjas in Pyjamas and OG. He even had a short gig as a coach, taking that position for the Ukrainian organization HellRaisers in 2017.

The current Tundra Dota 2 roster looks like this:

  • Oliver “Skiter” Lepko
  • Leon “Nine” Kirilin
  • Neta “33” Shapira
  • Martin “Saksa” Sazdov
  • Jingjun “Sneyking” Wu – (captain)
  • Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling (coach)

Saksa’s New Role and Fata’s “Kicking”

It has been a turbulent week for Tundra Esports. Saksa’s signing comes just a few days after the organization “kicked out” their previous captain Fata. According to Adrian “Fata” Trinks, Tundra Esports booted him out of the roster in order to make space for other players about to be signed. It seems that player turns out to be Saksa. However, Tundra Esports’ official statement on the matter is that Fata did not have good synergy with his teammates, resulting in the latter deciding to part ways with the former captain.

“Ultimately our goal is to make it to The International and that will only happen with team synergy,” said operations director Anthony Graham. ”Saksa brings a wealth of experience to the team and we’re hoping he can take us to the next level.”

Saksa seemed quite content about his new position. “All of my teammates are really amazing and I think we can achieve great things together,” he said. “In the short term, I will be trying to understand how everything works in the team and getting used to how everyone communicates. I’m hoping to see all the practice we put in to achieve good results and hopefully maybe one day win TI.”

While Fata’s departure and the internal rearrangements in Tundra’s roster remain controversial for some fans, it seems this is an attempt for Tundra Esports to achieve their high goal as fast as possible.

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