Russian organization Team Spirit has announced it has picked up the Dota 2 stack Yellow Submarine. Apart from the YeS roster, veteran Airat “Silent” Gaziev will be joining the team as the new head coach.
“Back in summer it became clear that the new DPS season would not start until the end of the calendar year. This time window allowed us to try a new approach in the formation of the roster. The goal was to discover new names: more than 80 players were reviewed for all positions, of which only 12 were shortlisted. The result of this work was the Yellow Submarine roster: you could watch them in action throughout the fall. Today we are ready to unveil them as a roster that will play under the Team Spirit tag.”, stated Team Spirit CEO Nikita Chukalin
Yellow Submarine emerged in the latter part of this year as one of the premier CIS Dota 2 squads not signed by a major organization. The team was most notably denied a place in Epic League’s Division 1 at the final hurdle, a surprise 2nd place playoff series against the now-defunct Just Error.
Although the decision was met with fierce backlash from fans and community figures alike, YeS bounced back to dominate the Division 2 Group Stage finishing with an 8W-1L record.
— Team Spirit (@Team__Spirit) December 19, 2020
The outing earned them a chance to qualify for the Division 1 Playoffs via Play-In, and in a stroke of faith, YeS defeated the very team that sent them down to the lower division, Just Error.
The team would finish their EPIC League journey shortly after, but it should be noted that in such a competitive European scene, YeS has also managed to qualify for ESL One Cologne and earn a more-than-respectable third-place finish at The Summit 13.
Heading into 2021, YeS emerged as one of the best orgless teams in the European scene. The team has proven time and time again that they can compete against Europe’s finest on equal footing, as Team Spirit is looking like it finally has a legitimate contender under its wing.
Dota 2 on the rise again?
As more and more teams prepare for the upcoming 2021 DPC season, things are definitely going to get interesting in the coming weeks. With Valve confirming that there will in fact be a proper season next year, we will surely see more teams coming back into the Dota 2 competitive scene in the near future.
With so many players currently teamless, and a number of proven teams like Live to Win, mudgolems, and Spider Pigz still orgless, the European Dota 2 ecosystem just might blossom back to its former glory starting next year.