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DotA 2: Immortals Acquire Team Phoenix, Sets Eyes on TI8

The squad spent some time apart but have reunited as the best Korean DotA 2 team.

When we first looked at the new Major and Minor system, we loved it. While there will no doubt be a few issues that come up, the new system is just so much more attractive to teams and particularly esports organizations looking for a reason to enter DotA 2.

Enter Immortals, a global esports organization with big backing and a huge player in everything but DotA 2. With the new system and a team marketable to the esports powerhouse that is Korea, they finally decided to step into the fray.

After being separated for about a year the team formerly known as MVP Phoenix came back together as Phoenix. Under MVP the team had some impressive results, picking up 2 great paydays at The International. MVP Phoenix's approximate earnings sit at $2,888,083.

If you needed any more hype, watch this promo video announcing the team.

“At Immortals, we’ve made no secret of our desire, under the right set of conditions, to enter Dota 2. We were drawn to Dota because of the enthusiasm and avidity of the title’s fan base and the best-in-class live event experience," said Immortals CEO Noah Whinston

"The game, fans, and presentation create a special combination of quality content and entertainment, precisely the kind of experience Immortals looks to deliver to our supporters. Immortals remains committed to fielding winning teams and, simultaneously, adding value to the ecosystems and communities in which we compete”.

We can expect a few things to come out of this new pairing. One would be a push for DotA 2 in Korea. Valve games just don't pick up in Korea for whatever reason. With a massive organization like Immortals and a roster Koreans can support without being too familiar with the game, conditions are perfect for a big new push.

Next would be a new standard for promoting and marketing a team in DotA 2. We can expect to see fan meet ups regularly, behind the scenes content and just a general feeling that this team is now part of a huge brand that offers sponsors and branding massive reach globally.

One of the great things about this timing is that the team has a whole season to build up to The International 8. Previously we have seen organizations just rush to pick up any team before The International then immediately drop them if they don't achieve an amazing result.

While it is safe to assume the players are made aware of the short term thinking before they sign up, it is still a bad look for the scene in general. It looks like Immortals will support this team till at least The International 8.

Let's see if a Korean team and lift the Aegis and bring in that crucial Korean audience to DotA 2.

Dane Weeden is a full-time esports writer for IGN SEA. Follow him on twitter @XilDizzle

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