After paneling and analyst work in the AniMajor and TI10, Aui_2000 has returned to coaching – joining forces with WEU team Tundra.

With less than 24 hours to the kickoff of the WEU DPC, Tundra have revealed a trump card in an announcement on Twitter. To round out the renewed Tundra roster would be Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling as their new coach.

With Aui joining the squad, the full Tundra roster for the upcoming season is as follows:

  • Oliver “Skiter” Lepko
  • Leon “Nine” Kirilin
  • Neta “33” Shapira
  • Jingjun “Sneyking” Wu
  • Adrian “Fata” Trinks (Captain)
  • Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling (Coach)

The squad also recently announced their roster’s full contract renewal until 2024, which we covered in our roster reshuffle megathread.

Tundra Renews Their Full Roster Until 2024 (via Tundra)

Aui – A Natural Pickup for Tundra

As he emphasizes in the announcement video, the decision to work with Tundra is quite an easy one for Aui.

I was attracted to working with these group of players because I’ve known a lot of them for a long time. Sneyking was one of the first players I played with, Fata on C9 and Skiter on CR4ZY.

Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling on working with Tundra

He explains he’s been helping the squad since as early as Season 2 of the previous DPC Season on and off. The main draw to coaching according to Aui is how you can immediately see your impact, and reap the rewards.

In terms of expectations for the upcoming season, Aui has a clear focus – and it’s not just results he’s looking for.

Obviously I want to win, but what’s important to me is that we have this strong foundation, and the right communication. Letting our ideas get built up from one another, and hopefully winning is the consequence of what we’ve built together.

Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling on the goal for Tundra’s DPC Season

No matter how you spin it, Aui’s addition to the team is a huge boon. This might also explain Tundra’s surge in success right around the WEU TII10 Qualifiers, that they now famously lost to OG 3-2.

Despite missing out on TI10, they would go on to thunder through ESL One Fall: Bootcamp Edition and defeat Chinese giants PSG.LGD.

If you needed further testament on Aui’s analytical Dota 2 mind, we had him break down the very series Tundra lost in a two part video series. You can catch Part 1 here, and Part 2 here.

The True Test for Tundra – The Incoming WEU DPC

Tundra are set to kick off the WEU DPC in the first match, up against a refreshed Alliance roster. On paper, this squad has achieved heights before and should be able to do so again.

With that said though, the landscape in WEU has changed dramatically. Between a bright new OG squad, a Secret team so stacked it almost looks like a fantasy draft, and of course Nigma Galaxy back in the fray, one thing is for certain – this DPC season is going to be an absolute bloodbath.

The match between Alliance and Tundra will kick off at 12PM EST on Nov 30th, followed by Secret vs OG on the DreamLeague Twitch channel.

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