Dota 2: Saksa joins Tundra Esports, Sneyking replaces Fata as captain

Tundra Esports' post revealing Saksa's arrival. (Image: Tundra Esports)
Tundra Esports' post revealing Saksa's arrival. (Image: Tundra Esports)

Tundra Esports announced on Thursday (22 February) that they have signed former OG position 4 support player Martin "Saksa" Sazdov to complete their roster for the Spring Tour of the 2021-2022 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) season.

With Saksa joining the team, Jingjun "Sneyking" Wu will move to the position 5 support role and take over as captain.

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Tundra's latest roster move comes after a controversial decision that saw former captain Adrian "Fata" Trinks kicked from the team.

Fata revealed that his departure from Tundra was a "player's decision" following his attempts to veto multiple decisions to have one of his now-former teammates replaced by the player who will now be replacing him.

With the latest developments, it is now widely believed that Sneyking was the player that Saksa was supposed to replace initially.

"There has been previous attempts from [the other Tundra] players to kick a different player for the same player replacing me. I declined those. So I'm not sure what to take from this. I'm not perfect but I can honestly say I fought for the constant improvement of this team," said Fata.

Tundra said in its own statement that releasing Fata was "a difficult decision" but they wanted "to make sure our team has the best possible chemistry to improve our performance this year".

Saksa will make his debut with Tundra in the GAMERS GALAXY: Dota 2 Invitational Series Dubai 2022 in early March.

The tournament will feature 10 of the best Dota 2 teams in the world — including Team Spirit, Team Secret, and OG, among others — competing in a LAN for their cut of the AED1,000,000 (over US$270,000) prize pool.

Saksa previously played for OG in the 2021 DPC season, helping the team qualify for The International 10 and finish in 7th-8th place. He left OG last November and was a free agent for the entirety of the 2021-2022 DPC season's Winter Tour.

Tundra Esports Dota 2 roster:

  1. Oliver "Skiter" Lepko

  2. Leon "Nine" Kirilin

  3. Neta "33" Shapira

  4. Martin "Saksa" Sazdov

  5. Jingjun "Sneyking" Wu

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