High Coast Esports Drop Roster Days Before DPC Start
High Coast Esports (HCE) has dropped their entire lineup just days before the start of the DPC season. The news came early on the morning of Thursday, April 15th. HCE was scheduled to compete in the lower division of the DreamLeague Season 15 DPC EU Lower Division.
With the announcement, the lineup of Charlie “CharlieDota” Arat, Ondřej “Supream^” Štarha, Rasmus Johan “Chessie” Blomdin, Adrian “Era” Kryeziu, Andreas Per “Xibbe” Ragnemalm, has been left without an organization to play under. The former Chicken Fighters roster will continue to the tournament under their previous mantle.
However, DPC rules may confuse the issue. Under the current regulations, DPC points and spots are owned by teams rather than players, as in previous years. This may complicate any attempts to sign the Chicken Fighters’ lineup during the season.
The removal comes after a disappointing season for the former HCE roster. After qualifying for the Upper Division of DreamLeague Season 14, the squad was demoted after a worst-in-league 1-6 (3-12) record. However, the team did secure $22,000 of prize money. HCE also took 3rd-4th place in the recent Dota 2 Champions League, an EU & CIS minor league.
Unfortunately, the prize pools for Lower Division are drastically smaller than the Upper Division. With no prize for the last-place teams and the most available just $17,000 for first place, the league seems like a difficult place to make a living. High Coast Esports cited financial reasons as the primary reason for their exit from Dota 2.
The Chicken Fighters will compete in the DreamLeague Season 15 DPC EU Lower Division from April 17th. You can catch them in action on DreamHack’s official Dota 2 Twitch Channel.