TSM have officially withdrawn from the North American Dota 2 scene, marking another significant departure for the organization following exits from League of Legends and Rainbow Six Siege earlier this year.
The team initially entered the Dota 2 scene almost two years ago, signing Team Undying in January 2022.
Throughout their involvement in the NA scene, TSM retained players Enzo “Timado” Gianoi and Jonathan “Bryle” De Guia, with additional members Gainullin “kasane” Ilyas, Matthew “Ari” Walker and Matthew “Whitemon” Filemon joining towards the end of the same year.
The team experienced moderate success, winning the DPC NA 2021–2022 Tour One Regional Final and securing second place at the ESL One Stockholm Major in May 2022.
However, TSM’s performance in The International 2023 was disappointing.
Rumours had circulated initially that TSM’s entry into Dota 2 was primarily to please sponsors FTX, and despite that brand’s departure, the roster remained intact.
The decision to release the roster a year later suggests that these rumours may have held some truth.
ESL One revealed that the former TSM roster would continue to compete as Team Undying in ESL One Kuala Lumpur, with no immediate changes to the line-up.
Former TSM coach David “MoonMeander” Tan hinted at upheaval with a cryptic tweet on November 29, saying “RIP NADota.”
While TSM are stepping away from the NA Dota 2 scene, the organization teased future developments in Dota 2, leaving fans speculating about the next steps.
Some fans believe TSM might follow a similar path to their League of Legends operations by moving to a new region, with Europe or Southeast Asia being potential destinations.
Despite TSM’s reassurances, constant roster changes have left some fans sceptical about the team’s future, and concerns about the organization’s stability are growing within the community.
In a recent Twitter announcement, TSM expressed gratitude for thier Dota 2 roster’s growth and dedication but confirmed their departure from the NA scene.
The organization hinted at upcoming updates regarding future endeavours in Dota 2, leaving room for speculation that TSM might pick up a new roster in a different region.
Despite the uncertainties, TSM expressed confidence in the players’ potential for continued success in their careers.
Today we announce our departure from NA DOTA.
We can't thank our team enough for their time with us. They have evolved as players all throughout the year, and we're certain they will find continued success in their careers.
Look forward to news about our next steps in DOTA. pic.twitter.com/CB3kXMZLbP
— TSM (@TSM) December 5, 2023