Blacklist International, the prominent Filipino Dota 2 team, has announced the departure of their esteemed carry player, Polo “Raven” Fausto. Raven’s exit marks the end of a significant chapter for Blacklist, as he was an integral part of the team since its inception. Despite the collective talent within the team, their recent performances have been lackluster, which likely influenced this strategic decision.
Blacklist’s Search for a New Dota 2 Carry
Current Roster Composition
With Raven’s departure, Blacklist’s current Dota 2 roster stands as:
- Abed “Abed” Yusop
- Kim “Gabbi” Santos
- Timothy John “TIMS” Randrup
- Carlo “Carlo” Manalo
This change opens a pivotal role in the team, with Blacklist actively seeking a new carry to fill the void left by Raven. The new addition will be crucial as the team prepares for upcoming tournaments, particularly the ESL One Birmingham 2024 qualifiers.
Today we announce the departure of Raven from #BlacklistRivalry.
One of the original members of our redemption team, we can't thank him enough for the hard work and dedication during his time with us.
Thank you Raven, we'll see you in-game soon! pic.twitter.com/OVml1Gmzho
— BLACKLIST INTERNATIONAL 👑 (@BLACKLISTINTL) January 22, 2024
Reflecting on Raven’s Impact and Future Prospects
Raven’s tenure with Blacklist International was marked by both highs and lows. While the team managed to secure a spot at the Bali Major 2023, their overall performance remained underwhelming. Raven, known for his reliability and skill as a carry player, has been a sought-after name in the SEA region.
The Road Ahead for Blacklist International
As the ESL One Birmingham 2024 qualifiers approach, Blacklist International is under pressure to finalize their roster. The team’s management and coaching staff are undoubtedly working behind the scenes to identify a player who can match, or even surpass, the capabilities that Raven brought to the team. This decision will be pivotal in shaping Blacklist’s performance and strategies for the upcoming competitive season.
The Departure of Polo “Raven” Fausto
For Blacklist International, this period of transition is critical. The choice of their new carry player will set the tone for their future endeavors and potential success in international Dota 2 tournaments. Fans and analysts alike will be keenly observing how this change impacts the team dynamics and whether it will be the catalyst for a resurgence in their competitive performance.