The disbanding of Vega Squadron’s Dota team—referred to as a “pause” by the organization’s editor-in-chief Evgenii “Ace” Efimov—comes only four months after the organization signed Team Lithium to its roster in late October.
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At the time of signing, Team Lithium was a five-man squad comprised of Omar “Madara” Dabachach, Dmitrii “DM” Dorokhin, Maurice “KheZu” Gutmann, Peetu-Elmeri “Peksu” Väätäinen, and Verros “Maybe Next Time” Apostolos, who departed from Vega Squadron last week.
Before the team was picked up by Vega Squadron, it made a strong start to the season with a first-place finish at the first open qualifier for the European qualifier of the Kuala Lumpur Major. Unfortunately, Lithium was unable to recreate this success with Vega Squadron.
“There are many tier one teams in the European region. To achieve Majors and even Minors you must beat Ninjas In Pyjamas, Team Liquid, OF (sic), and Team Secret. All four teams are at the top as of now,” wrote Efimov.
In past years, Vega Squadron have been a Dota 2 powerhouse, achieving impressive victories such as a first-place finish at ESL One New York 2015. Nowadays, the longstanding esports org is more well-known for its Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and League of Legends teams.