Dota 2 superteam Just Error has officially disbanded after just one tournament. The news was first announced by Ukrainian caster Vitalii Nikolaevich “v1lat” Volochai and later confirmed by the team’s offlaner Roman “RAMZES666” Kushnarev.
The Dota 2 team was formed by the core of the former five-major winning Virtus Pro lineup with the additions of superstar midlaner Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan and support Bakyt “Zayac” Emilzhanov.
With the team bolstering so much firepower, expectations were set high for Just Error.
A controversial start
Just Error faced controversy from the very start of their journey, as the team’s direct invite for the final spot of the event’s main qualifiers was met with a lot of backlash both from community figures and fans alike. The team ended up defeating Yellow Submarine and qualifying for Division 1 of the tournament.
Despite housing some of the world’s very best players, it was clear that the odds were stacked against Just Error into EPIC League’s Division 1. But even though the team played only one official match before the tournament, few could have predicted just how badly the tournament would go for Just Error.
The team ended up winning only two matches, but managed to stay afloat after winning their 8th place tiebreakers against Alliance and mudgolems.
In a stroke of faith, Just Error were once again pitted against Yellow Submarine in the Play-In stage. Poetic justice was served in the eyes of many as Yellow Submarine dismantled Just Error in a clean sweep.
Although the team was out of Division 1 contention, the Division 2 Playoffs awaited them.
Heading into the Playoffs, the team subbed out Sumail in favor of veteran offlaner Roman “Resolut1on” Fominok. But even in the lower division, Just Error looked utterly helpless as the team was defeated in two of the next matches, firstly against Live to Win in the Upper Bracket before finally getting eliminated by Alliance.
One and done
Only a month ago, few could have predicted such an outcome for the team. Boasting one of the most promising lineups in the current competitive ecoysytem, everything just felt too rushed for the team to succeed.
The level of competition, along with the state and length of the patch left Just Error in a precarious place when matched against Europe’s finest. But the differences in gameplay between Sumail and his CIS teammates was more than apparent, and his crossover to the CIS region was looking like it was living on borrowed time.
RAMZES revealed in his vk statement:
“Initially, we did not plan to play the Epic League, but in the end we made the decision to play, and perhaps this can be called a wrong decision. The old patch, in which everyone already knows how to play, the language barrier, time zones, ping, lack of proper preparation – all this played a role in our unsuccessful performance. My form now also leaves much to be desired.”
He also revealed that the team was offered a lucrative offer from a large European organization, before ultimately deciding to turned it down because
“We did not want to let our new organization down, fetter ourselves with contracts and unnecessary obligations in a situation where we were not 100% confident in ourselves and our teammates.”
The player cited the languge barrier, high ping, the lack of preperation and the current metagame as one of the main reasons for the team’s breakup.
It is currently unknown if the team’s CIS core will be staying together. As per Sumail, his latest outing has seen him reach an all-time low in his professional career. Despite everything, the superstar midlaner remains one of the best players in the world and will bring a lot to the table wherever he ends up.
The 2021 DPC season starts on January 28th, so both sides have time to prepare for the upcoming year.