Another superteam has risen in the competitive Dota 2 scene. After weeks of speculation, team Just Error has been announced, featuring the likes of Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan and the former core of the once-dominant Virtus Pro lineup.
A new power rises
The core of the team is made up of former Virtus Pro members Bakyt “Zayac” Emilzhanov, Vladimir “No[o]ne” Minenko, and captain Alexey “Solo” Berezin. Joining them will be superstar mid-laner Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan and inactive Evil Geniuses member Roman “RAMZES666” Kushnarev.
Just Error’s roster was revealed by EPICENTER on their official Twitter just a couple of hours before the team played its decider match versus Yellow Submarine.
🔥 "Just Error" are invited to the closed qualifiers of the EPIC League!
"Just Error" squad for the match against Yellow Submarine:
🇷🇺 Alexey "Solo" Berezin
🇺🇦 Vladimir "No[o]ne" Minenko
🇷🇺 Roman "RAMZES666" Kushnarev
🇵🇰🇺🇲 Syed Sumail "SumaiL" Hassan
🇰🇬 Bakyt "Zayac" Emilzhanov pic.twitter.com/0LL0YwxjVM
— EPICENTER (@epicentergg) November 11, 2020
With RAMZES666 rejoining his former teammates Noone and Solo, the core of Virtus Pro’s team that won five Majors are reunited again. Sumail has been inactive since leaving OG in July, while Zayac, together with Noone and Solo, was a member of the Virtus Pro roster that was benched in September.
Ramzes will play as the team’s hard carry, while Sumail will be returning to the mid lane. Despite both of them playing the offlane position during their last professional stints, it is Noone who will be taking over the position. Rounding out the roster are Zayac and Solo playing the soft and hard support positions respectively, with the latter serving as the teams’ captain.
All in all, the team has quite possibly the scariest and mechanically talented core in the Western Dota 2 scene. Solo has long been considered one of the best captains in the entirety of Dota 2, while Zayac has emerged as one of the CIS scenes’ best position fours. If the team clicks well, they could definitely give the likes of Team Secret and OG a run for their money.
Not without criticism
The teams’ direct invite and special treatment in the bracket has drawn the ire of many prominent faces in the Dota 2 scene.
Statsman Ben “Noxville” Steenhuisen pointed out the issue on Twitter earlier this week, showing that Yellow Submarine was at a huge disadvantage. The CIS team had to play more games, while at the same time not being able to prepare for their opponents as Just Error has not played any official competitive matches.
Allegedly they will be advanced right into a playoff match to play in Division 1, bypassing all other qualifier games.
Unlike the other teams, there are no public matches of this new team playing – which can be a significant advantage for them going into the playoff. pic.twitter.com/MQu9170bo0
— Ben Steenhuisen (@Noxville) November 8, 2020
Russian caster V1lat commented on the fact, raising concerns about the lack of transparency exhibited by the tournament organizer, Epic Esports Events. He did however acknowledged that he would have done the same if placed in a similar situation.
In a comment for Cybersport.ru, the organizers of the EPIC League explained that such a format was planned even before the start of the qualification:
“Since the EG team refused to participate in the tournament, its slot in the first division was transferred to the NAVI team, which previously had to play with the second place in the closed qualifiers for the slot, about which all participants were notified before the tournament began. Another team was invited to replace NAVI, which had not previously taken part in the closed qualifier ”.
Be as it may, Just Error has qualified for the Division 1 of EPIC League. With only one match to go by, it’s nearly impossible to determine what their chances are. The talent and skill surely are there, but with such a limited time to prepare, the teams’ odds are looking slim to none.