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“TORONTOTOKYO is an absolute Chad, we’ll meet again” Team Spirit release TORONTOTOKYO cover image

“TORONTOTOKYO is an absolute Chad, we’ll meet again” Team Spirit release TORONTOTOKYO


The International 2021 champions release their mid-lanner TORONTOTOKYO. Join us as we break down the situation.

'Tis the season of roster changes. The post TI roster changes continue, and this time The International 2021 champions part ways with their mid-lanner TORONTOTOKYO. The announcement came from Team Spirit's official Twitter.
However, with the nature of the post TI season of roster changes and announcements, something was bound to change. Despite TORONTOTOKYO's release, there seems to be no bad blood between the organization which is always good news to hear.

TORONTOTOKYO's release and Team Spirit's statement

For some, the announcement of Alexander "Torontotokyo" Khertek's release came out of nowhere. When Team Spirit won The International 2021, it was one of the greatest underdog stories of Dota 2 history. And the community thought the squad would stay together forever. Especially since prior to The International 2022, Team Spirit won and placed second in the last two Tier 1 tournaments, the Arlington Major and Riyadh Masters. However, no amount of wins come close to The International.
After becoming last year's champions of The International, the Dota 2 community had high hopes for the squad. However they lost in a best of one to BOOM Esports. Earning them a 13th to 16th placement, which was their lowest placement of the entire 2022 season. And after high expectations and poor placement at the biggest Dota 2 competition in the world, it's a recipe for roster changes.
Team Spirit's 2022 tournament placements (Source: <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Liquipedia</a>)
Team Spirit's 2022 tournament placements (Source: Liquipedia)
Team Spirit's statement regarding TORONTOTOKYO's release explained that the decision was not a light one. In addition to group discussions, there were individual consultations with each player on the team and management regarding the roster. Team manager Dmitrii "Korb3n" Belov explained that the decision has been a long time coming, and that he's sure that they'll meet again on the Dota 2 main stage.

"TORONTOTOKYO is an absolute chad, we'll meet again in Dota"

dmitrii "korb3n" belov's statement on TORONTOTOKYO's release

The future of TORONTOTOKYO

Although the future for TORONTOTOKYO is unknown as his release is quite recent, he is still one of the most talented mid-lanners in the world. Winning The International is no easy feat, especially with how dominant he was back in 2021. So, don't be too surprised to see TORONTOTOKYO's on another squad soon enough.
Stay tuned to to not only keep track of the roster changes, but other Dota 2 content.
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Noah Pather
Noah Pather
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Noah is a senior psychology student at the University of Ottawa, studying to become an athletic therapist. After watching Valve's Free to Play documentary in 2014, he got hooked on Dota 2 and hasn't looked back since. When he's not crushing mid-lane on Puck he is racing through King's Canyon as Octane. Self-proclaimed trilingual expert. Firmly believes V for Vendetta is the best film of all time.