VGJ.Storm Roster Change

VGJ.Storm is making a roster change before our trips to Thailand and China. The bad timing of an uncertain and packed tournament schedule alongside Timado’s citizenship and visa process has played a large part in our difficult decision to replace him. Enzo Timado Gianoli played an instrumental role in qualifying for our next two tournaments for which he will be compensated appropriately. We’d like to thank him for his time and his hard work. We wish him the best and we will continue to support his growth as a player.

In his place, we’d like to welcome Roman Resolut1on Fominok to the team. Roman is a seasoned and accomplished professional and we look forward to going to battle with him.

Here’s a word from our Team Director, Jack KBBQ Chen:

This is obviously a really tough situation for a promising young player. Though we had discussed this possibility with Timado, he showed maturity beyond his years in continuing to compete to his fullest ability throughout recent qualifiers, even though he couldn’t be with the team at bootcamp. Thankfully, the difficulties of his situation will also be resolved in the next few months.
We’re of course excited that Roman will be joining the team. He’s a driven, relentless competitor who has proven himself at a highest levels time and again in different situations, and the upside is high.

Thank you for your support, and you can catch VGJ.Storm playing in ESL Birmingham qualifiers next week.

VGJ.Storm is Back

After a short break to reset, VGJ.Storm is back and ready to compete with a new roster. We're excited to welcome Enzo Timado Gianoli, Arif MSS Anwar & Avery SVG Silverman, as well as familiar faces Yawar YawaR Hassan & JingJun Sneyking Wu, to Brooklyn.

Team director Jack KBBQ Chen had this to say on the roster update: 

"I'm excited to announce we're right back to competing, and I'd like to introduce our newest Dota 2 team, which includes some familiar faces!
Yawar has been a promising core player for a long time, hungrily grinding in search of the right circumstances to break out. He diligently stood in for us in November after Ritsu’s departure and carried himself (and the team) quite capably.
Timado I first encountered years ago when he was just a polite, extremely young IXDL player looking for advice and competition. He has unselfishness and maturity well beyond his years and we’re hyped to help him become the star he seems certain to become.
Sneyking has always been a ferociously driven competitor, and I’m happy to work with him once again as he continues to hone himself as a strong voice and leader.
MSS has been undisputedly a top tier player for some time, a monster who excels at multiple positions with a large hero pool. Can’t ask for much more experience, knowledge, and versatility in a playmaker than this.
And SVG brings unique wisdom and perspective as one of the few to have both coached and competed at the highest level.
Glad to be going to battle with these guys."

Full roster:

  1. YawaR

  2. Timado

  3. Sneyking

  4. MSS

  5. SVG

Come cheer on the new VGJ.Storm competing in DreamLeague NA Qualifiers today at 4pm ET!

VGJ.Storm Status Update

VGJ.Storm and the players are hitting the reset button on our current roster. We would like to thank Brian BSJ Canavan and Jaron monkeys-forever Clinton for their hard work and perseverance in a trying month. We would also like to thank Francis FLee Lee & Stanley Stan King Yang for being with us from the beginning. We've enjoyed seeing them grow as players and people.

Jack KBBQ Chen had this to say on the reset and the future for VGJ.Storm:

"First and foremost, I wanna thank the guys for battling all out through the month of January. Monkeys and BSJ stepped into a really chaotic situation, and brought great energy, drive, and communication to our team. Francis and Stan (and Eric as well) saw their roles change and needed to step up and take charge, and they did. Ultimately we were one game away from qualifying for Bucharest, and we put together some good series against elite teams we'd been struggling against. At the end of the day players had to go through a ton of overlapping qualifiers, and that's tremendously stressful and draining. Add that to uncertainty about our mid position, and the players eventually held a meeting where we all discussed going in a different direction.
I'm grateful to Stan and Francis for their time here. We watched them change, adapt, and grow as people and get valuable international experience (Stan's first victories on LAN!), and as a new organization we had plenty to learn from them as well. It's just the nature of competition, sometimes you put in the time and the work, and still don't reach everything you strived for. We know they'll continue to grind and find success going forward. Francis is a talented free spirit, and Stan is a natural organizer and teacher, and we'll miss both.
I'd also like to thank Brian and Jaron. They immediately improved our team's energy and communication, fitting in from day one, and are a huge reason why we went into early January qualifiers in great form. Though I found Jaron's dietary restrictions even less palatable than BSJ's stream tilts, I'll miss them both as well. 
What myself and VGJ don't intend to miss for long is competing in professional Dota. It won't be long before we find people who share our commitment and values, and go to war again."

Thanks for supporting us, and keep an eye out for news regarding our Storm roster!

VGJ.Thunder is on a roll!

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In case you missed it, VGJ.Thunder had quite an eventful December! We were crowned First in H-Cup Season 8 and later placed Third in H-Cup Season 9. We also qualified for Galaxy Battles II as well as ESL One Genting 2018, and will be representing China in both upcoming tournaments.

Mark your calendars! Galaxy Battles II begins on January 15th and ESL One Genting 2018 begins on January 23rd. Exact match schedules are yet to be announced.

Go Thunder!

Roster Announcement

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It's a new year, and a new look VGJ.Storm going into 2018. We really want to thank Sneyking for his contribution to the organization these past few months. It was sad when he let us know of his decision to leave, but we appreciate all he's done for the team and wish him the best.

We are excited to announce two new additions to VGJ.Storm to round out our roster. Brian BSJ Canavan and Jaron monkeys-forever Clinton join our organization as our carry and offlaner, respectively.

Team director, Jack KBBQ Chen, had this to say on the roster changes:

"We're excited to welcome BSJ and monkeys-forever to VGJ. Both players have battled through NA Dota for years to compete at the highest level, and we can't wait to add our resources and structure to their drive in helping everyone reach their potential.
It's sad to be moving on from a player who was in many ways the heart and soul of our team, Sneyking. I'd heard many things about him when initially coming into this organization, but at the end of the day what stood out above all else to me is how maniacally competitive and relentless he was. He had vision and experience that few people can match, and continually refused to settle. Some of these are qualities that can't be taught or instilled. We wish him well and he deserves and will probably find success wherever he goes. We'd also like to thank Yawar for helping us so much as a standin from mid-November onward. He didn't have to do any of the things he did, but he showed up to play, shared and taught and even mediated at times, and put in great effort to help our team and improve himself. We believe that he's primed to break out.
2017 was a great year. We learned a lot about each other and what it takes to compete at this level, and we're on to make 2018 even better."

Here is how we will line up:

  1. Brian BSJ Canavan
  2. Eric Ryoya Dong
  3. Jaron monkeys-forever Clinton
  4. Francis FLee Lee
  5. Stanley Stan King Yang

$50 Steam Giveaway

We're excited to spread some holiday cheer! Here is how you can enter for a chance to win:

Giveaway entries will run until December 24, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST. Open to U.S. participants only. Winner will be randomly selected and announced on December 25, 2017.

Winner will receive a $50 Steam card through the following steps:

  • Team VGJ will direct message the winner and send a friend request through Steam.
  • Wait three (3) days. Steam requires a friendship duration of three days before a user can purchase a Steam gift for another user.
  • After three days, Team VGJ will send a $50 Steam gift card directly to the winner's account.
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Midas Mode Announcement

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VGJ.Storm is pleased to announce that our winnings from Midas Mode will be donated to Center for Family Life, located in Brooklyn, New York. Center for Family Life (CFL) is a neighborhood-based organization offering a comprehensive range of social services and supports in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. For 39 years, the Center has been a stabilizing anchor in the Sunset Park community, responding to the critical social, economic, and developmental needs of families and children. CFL's range of services aims to sustain and nurture families, and to create a supportive community from which children can emerge as confident, capable adults.

Here are some key numbers from CFL in 2017:

  • Served over 16,800 individuals and 11,300 families
  • More than 640 families found support in family counseling and foster care programs
  • Helped community residents obtain public benefits worth $2.5 million for food, housing and health insurance
  • A total of 6,800 children, youth and adults took part in CFL's summer camp, in-school, after-school and neighborhood center activites
  • Provided 58,000 nutritious meals to families in need

We are excited to be helping out a cause close to home. You can catch us in action in Midas Mode on Monday, November 20th at 4pm ET on twitch.tv/moonduckTV.

Go Storm!