There are lots of great success stories out there, and particularly in the world of professional eSports we could name a few. One that jumps straight into mind is the one of Digital Chaos, a team that was founded only several years ago, but still managed to distinguish itself among a harsh and seasoned competition. In the end, they came up with several notable wins at some of the most prestigious tournaments.
For those unfamiliar with the story of this team, Digital Chaos is a professional eSports team that competes in Dota 2 and hails from Arizona in the United States. The team was founded in at the end of August 2015 by Shannon ‘SUNSfan’ Scotten. He was the co-owner of DotaCinema, a website that largely focuses on various Dota 2 videos that feature clips by users and content made internally, and this was a kind of natural development of his interest. Here we will reveal the story of a team that rose to fame quickly and still manages to remain quite relevant in the world of Dota 2 tournaments despite many hardships they had to overcome.
Digital Chaos Team History
The original team roster of Digital Chaos was formed soon after The International 2015, and consisted then of Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling, a player who had gained fame by playing for Evil Geniuses and Cloud9, Kanishka “BuLba” Sosale, a player notable for playing support and offlaner for Evil Geniuses, Team Liquid and Team Secret, Hà “Biryu” Qu%u1ED1c %u0110%u1EA1t, Yawar “YawaR” Hassa, and Tyler “TC” Cook, who used to play for notable teams such as complexity, Team Liquid and ROOT Gaming. After the team didn’t manage to qualify for the Frankfurt Major, Canadian player Theeban “1437” Siva joined the team coming from Cloud9 and replaced Biryu. This roster would face several struggles along the way, and eventually the team would disband, only two months after the departure of TC.
After the team had been disbanded, Aliwi “w33” Omar, who used to play for Team Secret and was removed from that team, had announced that he was forming a new team under the name Avengers. This team would enlist another player that was also removed from Team Secret, namely Rasmus “MiSeRy” Filipsen. w33 and MiSeRy had been playing for Digital Chaos prior to the team’s dissolution.
Along with them, Digital Chaos would also enlist the services of David “Moo” Hull, Martin “Saksa” Sazdov and Roman “Resolut1on” Fominok, all coming from Team Archon, which collapsed after their player ztok was banned from competing at all Valve events, which was a devastating blow to this newly formed team. Shortly after all these new players joined together it was revealed that they would make up the new roster of the Digital Chaos team, and they would have their headquarters in the US.
This new team roster did fairly well competing in American qualifiers, but had some difficulties when it came to international events, where they usually finished second-to-last at almost every premier event they competed at. However, at The International 2016 in Seattle, the team suddenly found their true form and surged in the rankings. They ended up placing in the second place in their group.
They continued with the strong performance and made it into the grand finals via the lower bracket and, to the surprise of nearly everyone following the developments, came in at second place in this prestigious tournament, earning $3,427,126 in prize money. This was a significant amount of money, representing more than 16% of the entire prize pool. (Wings Gaming, who won the tournament, took home over $9 million, 44% of the prize pool, which was worth around $20,770,000 at that time.)
Propelled by their success at The International 2016, the team would go on to display their proficiency and would easily reach the semifinals at the Boston Major in 2016, and eventually win their first tournament, taking first place at the ESL One Genting 2017, taking home $125,000 in prize money. On August 24th, 2016 the team would part ways with Moo, who was eventually replaced by none other than David “MoonMeander” Tan, and William “Blitz” Lee would join the team soon as well, coming from Team Liquid and taking the role of the team coach, looking to continue building on the team’s success.
After the events of 2016 contributed to the team’s rise to fame and notable success at the ESL One Genting 2017 tournament, the team finally hit a brick wall. They failed to qualify for the Dota Asian Championship, which was fairly unexpected, and proceeded to finish in the last place at StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3 in Shanghai.
The team managed to lay low for some time leading up to the Kiev Major. However, they had to deal with some serious issues. Namely, the team’s only original member, Sunsfan, decided to leave the team and the Digital Chaos organization rather suddenly at the beginning of April. This came as a total shock to all involved, but what followed would only add to this initial surprise. After Sunsfan had left the team, it was announced that the entire team, including the manager Slotherina and coach Blitz, would be leaving the organization as well.
This left the co-owner of the Digital Chaos organization Thomas Hancock in a peculiar situation, having to find replacements for some of the key members. This issue was resolved when he announced that Digital Chaos had enlisted the former players of Team Onyx, who previously managed to win the Kiev Major North American Qualifier, as the new roster of Digital Chaos. This new team would show some prospect at the Kiev Major in the group stages, but in the end were eliminated in the early playoffs by VGJ. In early May, Jimmy “DeMoN” Ho decided to leave the team and join compLexity Gaming as a stand in. Lee “Forev” Sang-don then joined the team as new offlaner, and BuLba moved to support.
The current roster consists of BuLba as team captain, Mason “mason” Venne, Abed Azel L. “Abed” Yusop, Forev, and Kim “DuBu” Doo-young.
- 9–12th – Manila Major 2016
- 2nd – The International 2016
- 3rd/4th – Boston Major
- 1st – ESL One Genting 2017