An unexpected shift from VALORANT: LEVIATAN Dota 2 team cover image

An unexpected shift from VALORANT: LEVIATAN Dota 2 team

South American Dota is growing again!

It all started in 2020, when the young LEVIATAN began their journey into esports. The Argentinian team quickly became a South American powerhouse, dominating the VCT 2022 LATAM Stage (something akin to the DPC, for Dota fans reading).

Despite their success in Riot's FPS game, their new team isn't a LoL roster. With little information available, they posted a video announcing the LEVIATAN Dota 2 Team without names yet, but with a date pointing to March 18.

What are the LEVIATAN Dota 2 roster options?

The organization will compete with names like Beastcoast, BOOM Esports, and Heroic, which have already locked rosters. However, they are not limited to forming a full South American team. But first, let's take a quick look at the unsigned stacks and their chances to be signed:

TEAM
PLAYERS
REASONS TO BELIEVE
Estar_Backs
- Mnz (Kotaro Hayama)
- DarkMago
- Sacred
- Michael
- Stinger
One of the most consistent stacks. Got to Top 3 during the last Closed Qualifiers for Elite League.
LAVA Esports
- Lumiére
- James
- Frank
- Genek
- Gardick
Mix of young talent and experience. Lumiére and Gardick formed the Hokori stack that later became The Alliance last year.
Midas Club
- Costabile
- 4dr
- fcr
- hyko
- wij
Well known Brazilian players with experience, playing with an Argentinian support.
aCATsuki
- sh1do
- Robo-Z
- Adrian
- Kiri
- Prada
Already invited to DreamLeague S23 Closed Qualifiers. Consistent stack, hasn't changed players lately.

There are also some players currently not signed by any organization who could join any of these stacks as reinforcements:

  • Taiga (free agent)
  • SammyBoy (ex-BammySoy)
  • Moo (ex-BammySoy)
  • Chris Smile (ex-Invaders)
  • Lil_Nick (playing with different NA stacks)
  • Yamsun (playing with different NA stacks, currently GRIN)
  • MSS (free agent)
  • kpii (free agent)

South America's Dota 2 current state

As exciting as it is to see a new team, the LEVIATAN Dota 2 roster will face some fierce challenges. Invitations to international events are scarce, most announced tournaments' qualifiers are already over, and there's always only one slot for SA qualifiers. Furthermore, no team has proven to be a challenge for Heroic and BOOM Esports, the two teams constantly facing each other in Grand Finals.

Some South American players are already opting to play outside their region due to the slim chances of securing that one slot. This is the case for names like Matthew, a former Evil Geniuses player competing in MENA with Nigma Galaxy, Wu (Mjz) playing for Blacklist International in SEA, and many others like Thiolicor (Shopify Rebellion) and Lelis (Nouns).

Sand King Gómez, with four Peruvian players and one from Mexico, are the first qualified team for DreamLeague S23 NA CQ. (Source: Liquipedia)
Sand King Gómez, with four Peruvian players and one from Mexico, are the first qualified team for DreamLeague S23 NA CQ. (Source: Liquipedia)

LEVIATAN Dota 2 roster debut

Coinciding with their announcement, the South American Open Qualifiers #2 for DreamLeague S23 are set to start on the same date, March 18. Interestingly, the Estar_Backs roster isn't playing in the Open Qualifiers #1 (happening today, March 17). Just a thought.

If you want to know if they made it into the Closed Qualifiers, don't forget to check esports.gg for more Dota 2 news!