Neon Esports reshuffles roster, adds former Team SMG offlaner cover image

Neon Esports reshuffles roster, adds former Team SMG offlaner

Neon Esports has re-committed to the SEA DPC with the signing of two new players.

Southeast Asian organization Neon Esports has today announced changes to its roster and recommitted to competing in the Dota Pro Circuit. The team officially announced the signing of Argle Ken “Ken” Llesis and Ryan Jay “Raging-_-Potato” Qui to their roster on Feb. 14, in a press release on their official social media channels. 

In the release, Neon CEO, Robert Campbell, explained that Tsogtjargal “Valky~” Oyunbaatar and Munkhbat “Tsukimoto” Dashdelger will depart the organization, joining a new team in Mongolia. Campbell also reaffirmed Neon’s commitment to the DPC.

The announcement comes after a disappointing conclusion to the BTS Pro Series Season 14: Southeast Asia for Neon, who finished 11th place, after falling to second to last place in groups. The surprisingly stacked BTS event featured teams from China and SEA, and most notably, appears to be the last Dota event Fnatic will compete in for the foreseeable future.

Neon's new signings

Raging Potato joins the Neon line-up from the inactive roster of Team SMG. A near 12-year veteran of the game, and a prolific support and offlane player, Raging Potato has been on SMG's inactive list since August 2022.

Ken joined the squad in late January, replacing Valky~, but the move was only made official today (Feb. 14). Ken competed with the team as part of the BTS Pro Series Season 14: Southeast Asia.

The current roster is as follows:

  • Pos 1: Yalguunsaran "Fortune Soul" Oidov
  • Pos 2: Argle Ken “Ken” Llesis
  • Pos 3: Michael Roi "Enryu" Ladines
  • Pos 4: Ryan Jay “Raging-_-Potato”
  • Pos 5: Daneil "Hated" Au

Neon Esports’ struggles

(Image via Neon Esports)
(Image via Neon Esports)

The Neon Esports organization has suffered a dramatic decline over the past two years, seeing it fall from one of the top teams in South East Asia to missing out on the DPC competition in 2023. In 2022, the team started Tour 1 of the DPC SEA 2021/2022 in Division I, and retained their spot in the second Tour, before falling down to Division II for Tour 3, and being relegated. 

During this time, the squad saw many changes, including the departure of many of its core roster, including carry Philip “Asta丶” Torres departing for TNC Predator, and perhaps most significantly, veteran Wong "ChuaN" Hock Chuan moving to a coaching role.

Now, Neon hopes its refreshed lineup will be able to compete in the upcoming DPC SEA 2023 Tour 2 : Open Qualifiers. Having failed to qualify in Tour 1, this is make or break for a Neon Team fans hope will return to form in the near future.