- Only one player is left on the organization’s lineup
- The rest, including the coach, have been released to look for new opportunities
- Tundra has yet to explain its reasoning behind the decision
Less than a month after signing Team Undying’s whole roster, Tundra Esports decided to part ways with all but one of its players.
Tundra Releases Roster
With the start of the new year, many esports organizations are making preparations for the upcoming competitive season. Tundra Esports is no exception to that trend, but the UK-based org has done something that seemed rather shocking to fans – it has released all but one of its Dota 2 players and coaching staff less than a month after the roster was signed.
Yesterday, Tundra officially announced it is parting ways with Enzo “Timado” Gianoli, Jonathan Bryle “Bryle” De Guia, Ilyas “kasane” Gainullin, Aleksandr “Immersion” Khmelevskoi, and coach David “MoonMeander” Tan. Currently, only position five of the team is occupied by the last remaining player – Matthew “Whitemon” Filemon
At the time of writing of this article, Tundra has not explained the reason behind this decision. It is the second time in two months that Tundra Esports is undergoing a major change in its Dota 2. The first time was when the org parted ways with its The International 2023 squad following their disappointing 13th-16th finish at the event.
This posed a big problem for Tundra, as the organization was about to participate in the ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023, but had no team. This is why the UK-based organization quickly signed Team Undying’s roster just a day ahead of the start of the ESL tournament in early December. The squad managed to finish at the 7th-8th place in the event and earned 780 EPT points.
Team Undying’s former organization was TSM, which also participated in TI12. However, the players were let go of the organization after the event’s conclusion when TSM announced it was leaving competitive Dota 2 in North America. With that being the case, the players decided to name themselves Team Undying and participate in the ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023. Seeing this, Tundra leapt at the opportunity to sign the then-organizationless team.
Perhaps Tundra parting ways with the roster should not come as a surprise, as there were some clues that the organization is planning something. A tweet from Timado from December 31 foreshadowed the turn of events as the player wrote a simple “LFT” (Looking For Team) followed by a smiley face.
Right now, it is unknown what Tundra will do, nor what the players’ plans are. However, considering one player was left in the org and another is looking for a new team, Undying might not play together anytime soon.