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iNsania    Ninjas in Pyjamas
Ninjas in Pyjamas announced via their website that iNsania, formerly of ProDota, would be replacing syndereN on the active roster.

RotoWire Analysis

Aydin 'iNsania' Sarkohi has not even been involved in the professional scene for just shy of a year, having made his debut on Team Doge with some former HoN teammates shortly before The International 2016. After "team dynamics changed," NiP felt that it would be best to replace syndereN with a younger player with more flexibility and room to grow. The newcomer was excited to be invited to the team by Adrian 'Era' Kryeziu. According to iNsania, "As a Swede, representing Ninja in Pyjamas is a dream come true."
syndereN    Ninjas in Pyjamas
Ninjas in Pyjamas announced via their website that Troels 'syndereN' Nielson would be replaced by Aydin 'iNsania' Sarkohi, formerly of ProDota.

RotoWire Analysis

syndereN joined Ninjas in Pyjamas, along with several of his teammates, after a successful run with Escape Gaming at The International 2016. Upon joining the team, syndereN noted that the organization's clout burdened the team of veterans with immediate high expectations. After failing to qualify for several major tournaments and placing no higher than 4th at any event in 2017, NiP felt that introducing some new blood might help the team achieve their desired results.
Sonneiko   
In a release on their website, Na'Vi announced that Sonneiko would be rejoining the roster in place of rmN.

RotoWire Analysis

Sonneiko previously played for Na'Vi, from April of 2015 until November of 2016. During his time with the team, Na'Vi didn't manage to accomplish much other than a win at Starladder iLeague Season 2, where they defeated Team Secret in the finals. While not a part of Na'Vi for these past few months, Sonneiko played with Vega Squadron, but that team failed to qualify for the Kiev Major and was disbanded.
rmN   
Na'Vi confirmed on their website that rmN will be departing the team, to be replaced by Sonneiko.

RotoWire Analysis

During rmN's four months with the team, Na'Vi's results were very underwhelming. They failed to qualify for the Kiev Major after getting soundly beaten by Virtus.Pro in the CIS qualifier. The rmN iteration of Na'Vi failed to post any decent results. rmN hasn't confirmed any plans to join a new team at this point.
Misery    Thunderbirds
It was announced via Digital Chaos' website on Thursday night that they would part ways with their current roster and sign the roster of Team Onyx as the new Digital Chaos squad.

RotoWire Analysis

It has always been rumored that the primarily European lineup of Digital Chaos would be more interested in playing with a European organization. By leading his team away from Digital Chaos, Misery only fuels the fire for those rumors. Misery announced, via his TwitLonger account, that the former Digital Chaos lineup would become an independent squad for the foreseeable future as they compete at the Kiev Major and The Summit 7 this spring.
AfterLife    Vega Squadron
In a post on their website, Vega Squadron announced that AfterLife will be joining the team as the new offlaner.

RotoWire Analysis

AfterLife's most recent major achievement was with Team Empire in July of 2016 when they took first place at the Global Grand Masters. Since then AfterLife has mainly competing in regional events. The team's first event will be the Dreamleague Season 7 Qualifiers.
ALOHADANCE    Vega Squadron
In a post on their website, Vega Squadron announced that ALOHADANCE will be playing carry in their new lineup.

RotoWire Analysis

ALOHADANCE has a history of changing teams often. In 2016, he changed teams four times while failing to achieve any significant results. He is a very talented individual player, with almost 9,000 MMR, but his ability to play as part of a team will be critical to the success of Vega.
Silent    Vega Squadron
According to a post on their website, Vega Squadron have added Silent to their roster.

RotoWire Analysis

Silent has not played in the competitive scene in almost a year. He was previously known as one of the top carry players in the CIS region, but will be playing support alongside CeMaTheSlayeR for Vega.
ChuaN    VICI Gaming
Vici Gaming announced via their official Twitter that ChuaN would be joining the team to take the place of ddc.

RotoWire Analysis

After taking a leave of absence from the Dota 2 scene during the post-TI6 shuffle, ChuaN made his return by joining Newbee.Boss earlier in the year. Having only participated in the DAC and Kiev Major qualifiers, Newbee.Boss seemed more of a hobby than a profession. Now on loan to Vici Gaming, ChuaN will rejoin the competitive scene.
SVG   
In a video blog on 1437's personal Youtube, it was confirmed that SVG had been kicked from Team NP along with 1437.

RotoWire Analysis

SVG joined the team in September of 2016 as one of the founding members. This was SVG's longest time spent as a part of any professional team. During his tenure with NP, the team took second place at the Northern Arena BEAT Invitational, losing to Wings Gaming. Apart from that result, NP's finishes in premier tournaments had been disappointing.
1437   
In a video blog on his personal Youtube account, 1437 confirmed that he had been kicked from Team NP by EternaLEnVy.

RotoWire Analysis

1437 was one of the original members of Team NP, officially being added to the roster the day after the team was announced in September of 2016. During his time on NP, the team took second place at the Northern Arena BEAT Invitational, losing to Wings Gaming. 1437 said that his drive to return to competitive play was very strong, but he wasn't sure what he would be doing.
BoBoKa    Invictus Gaming
BoBoKa continues to be one of the best roaming supports in DAC 2017 as Invictus Gaming make short work of Newbee. The support player finished with a KDA of 8/1/33.

RotoWire Analysis

BoBoKa kicked off the series on the support Weaver. The hero has fallen off the meta but BoBoKa was still wonderful with it nonetheless. He proved a nuisance for Newbee with his rotations and backline harassment. He got a Blink Dagger after Op gifted him with an Aghanim's Scepter. His saving Time Lapses were on point in the game as Newbee were hard-pressed to get any kills under his watchful eye. In Game 2, BoBoKa was on Earth Spirit. The ES is definitely one of the better heroes in BoBoKa's arsenal and he did not disappoint. He was applying solid pressure from the early game and he even found his way to seven kills and did not die a single time.
Xxs    Invictus Gaming
Xxs showed off his efficient playmaking in Invictus Gaming's victory over Newbee in DAC 2017. The young offlaner finished with a KDA of 12/12/21.

RotoWire Analysis

Newbee decided to take away his signature Magnus in the series opener. So Xxs made due with the Batrider for Game 1. He went with Drums of Endurance first before picking up a 24-minute Blink Dagger. His initiations were pretty good and he provided a lot of vision for his team. When Op gifted him with the Aghanim's Scepter his initiation amped up incredibly as he helped provide the extra edge for iG. In Game 2, Xxs was on Axe as he pressured uuu9's farm early with his aggression. He managed a 12-minute Blink Dagger and started setting the tempo of the game to iG's favor. Xss has not been in the scene long, but he is already showing immense composure at the offlane role.
BurNIng    Invictus Gaming
BurNIng had an acceptable series for Invictus Gaming as they dominated Newbee in DAC 2017. The legendary carry player finished with a KDA of 10/5/32.

RotoWire Analysis

He began the series with Juggernaut. BurNIng had a rough early game as his usually consistent farm was hampered. He then had a very late Manta Style at 34 minutes and was pooled an Aghanim's Scepter and Moonshard by Alchemist to remain relevant in the game. In Game 2, he had a much better series on Spectre. He got involved early after a very convenient Urn of Shadows before transitioning into the staple Radiance. BurNIng's contribution to his team was underlined by his game-high 19 assists.
Op    Invictus Gaming
Op was on a different level for Invictus Gaming as they swept Newbee in DAC 2017. The energetic mid player finished with a KDA of 7/1/23.

RotoWire Analysis

Op was not fazed while taking on superstar midlaner sccc as he easily came out on top. His Alchemist in the series opener had a rough early game, but he quickly farmed his way back in the jungle. His insane 1,200 gold per minute on the hero was expected as he put the team on his back pushing out lanes and providing his teammates with crucial Aghanim's Scepters. In Game 2, Op was on his signature Lina. He continues his hot streak with the hero as he dominates sccc's Outworld Devourer in the early game. Op got himself a 15-minute Bloodstone and proceeded to get seven kills to lead his team to the grand finals.
Kaka    NewBee
Kaka did not contribute much to Newbee's cause as they were swept by Invictus Gaming in DAC 2017. The 9,000 Matchmaking Points player finished with a KDA of 1/11/21.

RotoWire Analysis

Kaka is heavily relied upon by his team to make apply the early pressure on their opponents. But this time around Kaka was the one to succumb to the pressure. In the series opener, he went with his favorite Earth Spirit. Kaka had a low-key early pressuring iG minimally, but it was very much negligible. He didn't have any eye-catching plays in Game 1 as he only managed one kill. In the following game, Kaka tried his luck on the Keeper of the Light. He helped his offlane in the early game and managed a good Aghanim's Scepter timing at 20 minutes. Kaka slowed down the push of iG to the best of his abilities, but his cores were too far behind as they eventually concede.
kpii    NewBee
kpii had an awful series for Newbee as they were swept from DAC 2017 by in-form Invictus Gaming. The offlaner finished with a KDA of 2/8/10.

RotoWire Analysis

Newbee decided to steal the Magnus pick from iG and give it to kpii in the series opener. He was only involved in seven of Newbee's 20 kills which is a disappointing stat line on one of the meta's most explosive offlane heroes. His 11-minute Blink Dagger timing should have paved the way for kpii to get some good Reverse Polarities off to set the tempo for his team, but he was a bit too shy on the trigger. In Game 2, was on Centaur Warrunner. kpii had an okay laning stage that was hampered by losing his boots early on. Despite that he still picked up a 12-minute Blink Dagger, but he again could not make any headway with it as he failed to pick up a single kill for his team.
uuu9    NewBee
uuu9 was the glimmer of hope in Newbee's struggle against Invictus Gaming in DAC 2017. The young carry finished with a KDA of 14/9/9.

RotoWire Analysis

uuu9 went with the forgotten Luna pick in the opening game. He went toe-to-toe with the opposing Alchemist's farm not lagging far behind. Though he missed a crucial Manta Style dodge that could have swung the game in their favor, the carry's play was still beyond acceptable. uuu9 was a main reason Newbee had a fighting chance in both games of the series with his exemplary farm. In Game 2, uuu9 was on his signature Juggernaut pick. Again, he flexed his muscles on the hero as he had the highest Gold Per Minute on his team. But unfortunately for uuu9 and the rest of Newbee, Invictus Gaming still dominated the decider.
Sccc    NewBee
Newbee star Sccc had a disappointing series as they were eliminated from DAC 2017 by Invictus Gaming. The player finished with a KDA of 7/11/9.

RotoWire Analysis

He began the series with Ursa in hopes of pressuring iG's Alchemist early. It partially worked out in the early game as he picked up a nine-minute Helm of the Dominator and 15-minute Blink Dagger. But once Op retreated to the jungle, Sccc's job became much harder and he looked confused with his movements with sloppy dives in the latter stages of the game. In Game 2, he struggled even more on his Outworld Devourer. He lost the laning stage severely to Op's Lina and he could not get anything done. He failed to get a single kill in the game and his Sanity's Eclipses were extremely underwhelming.
Kaka    NewBee
Kaka looked good in Game 1, but fell flat Newbee's 0-2 loss to OG on the first day of DAC 2017 playoffs. He finished with a 7/12/16 KDA.

RotoWire Analysis

In Game 1 Kaka played Lion. Newbee picked Lion as an effective Storm Spirit counter and to add some extra disables to their lineup. Kaka proved useful in finding kills on Ana's Storm Spirit, especially once he finished a Blink Dagger. Although he was a thorn in the side of OG, he wasn't annoying enough to secure a win. Kaka finished with a 2/8/5 KDA. In Game 2 Kaka played Io. He made some nice moves around the map in the early game, but ultimately felt very underwhelming on the hero. Compared to teams that regularly use Io like Liquid, Kaka looked very uncomfortable on the hero. He finished with a 5/4/11 KDA.