Adroit Esports disband Dota 2 team, cease all operations

Adroit Esports (Photo: Adroit Esports Facebook page)
Adroit Esports (Photo: Adroit Esports Facebook page)

Filipino esports organisation, Adroit Esports, announced on Saturday (14 November) that they were disbanding their Dota 2 team and ceasing all operations due to the continuing effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the scene in Southeast Asia.

"All things, big or small, come to an end. Sacrifices were made by everyone on the team to stay afloat but the pandemic situation has led us to the inevitable," Adroit said in a statement on their official Facebook page.

Adroit is now the third major esports organisation in Southeast Asia to withdraw from competing in Dota 2 due to the coronavirus pandemic and the continued suspension of the Dota Pro Circuit.

Both Reality Rift and Geek Fam, based in Singapore and Malaysia respectively, shut down their Dota 2 teams in early September.

Adroit started in May 2019 with a flagship all-Filipino Dota 2 roster consisting of John Anthony "Natsumi-" Vargas, Mc Nicholson "Mac" Villanueva, Jun "Bok" Kanehara, Marvin "Boomy" Rushton, and Bryle "cml" Alviso.

The team were chosen as the Philippines’ representative for Dota 2 in the esports medal event in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.

There, the team defeated Team Thailand, which included stalwarts Nuengnara "23savage" Teeramahanon and Anucha "Jabz" Jirawong in their roster, to bag one of the three gold medals won by the Philippines in esports.

Adroit had a slow start to the 2019-2020 DPC season, though they were able to improve and earn a spot in the ESL One Los Angeles Major before the coronavirus pandemic cancelled the event and put the DPC on hold.

In June, Adroit announced an expansion into Riot Games’ Valorant with an all-Filipino team. However, inconsistent performances by the organisation’s Dota team as the scene shifted to online competitions prompted a string of roster shuffles that started in July.

Despite initial success, Adroit’s Valorant team proved to be unsustainable for the organisation in the midst of the pandemic and they were forced to release the roster in August.

Even with multiple tweaks to their flagship Dota roster, Adroit were unable to find the sustained success that could have seen the organisation through the pandemic, before it was ultimately forced to cease all operations.

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