Beastcoast surprised the esports community by announcing their entry into Dota 2. They introduced their new team, which is a familiar roster if you’re a Dota 2 fan, on May 1. The roster formerly known as TEAM TEAM was signed by beastcoast days ahead of the MDL Disneyland Paris Major. The team had qualified independently for the Major and have found some success this year, placing fifth at the ESL One Mumbai and also at The Bucharest Minor.
— beastcoast (@beastcoastgg) May 1, 2019
In their Twitter announcement, the members of the team spoke highly of their pickup and that this decision will help them moving forward. In their introduction video, Eric “Ryoya” Dong said that “beastcoast will be great for our team, I think. They offer a lot of support for us.” This move comes with a lot of opportunities that the former Team Team didn’t have like bootcamps and team houses.
With only three days before the Major, it’s a big surprise to see beastcoast sign a team like TEAM TEAM. This is beastcoast’s first big team esports pickup as they’ve previously been signing players from titles like Dragonball Fighter Z, Injustice 2, and Super Smash Bros. The pick-up is a good sign for the NA scene as many have recently commented on the stagnation and lack of opportunities for players in the NA region. And while beastcoast might be new to the Dota 2 scene, most of the players they signed are seasoned pros such as Jacky “EternalEnvy” Mao and Michael “ixmike88” Ghannam.
Beastcoast is going to have an uphill battle this weekend as Group A is a challenging Group to play in with both Virtus.Pro and Team Liquid in the group. Let’s hope that this signing will give the new beastcoast roster the boost they need to perform well at the Major.