Fly and Gabbi seek new teams after Talon Esports departure
Well, the ship sank before it even set sail. Talon Esports’ announced that Tal “Fly“Aizik and Kim”Gabi“Villafuerte separates from the team after a single DPC tour. Now there is much speculation as to what caused this, but one thing is certain. That’s probably because Talon Esports is a massive disappointment.
As we head towards a mini-offseason in Dota 2, we’re wondering where both players could end up going into Tour 2 and what substitutes Talon can expect to see in the future.
Why did Fly and Gabbi leave Talon Esports?
Talon Esports debuts the 2022 Dota Pro Circuit season with high hopes and expectations. Still, they only finished the DPC2021-22 in fifth place. Bravo for not getting eliminated from Division 2.
Anyhow, when you dig deeper, it’s obvious that Talon Esports wasn’t doing as well as they had hoped. Many pointed out that while Fly and Gabbi played superbly for the most part, the rest of the team just couldn’t deliver the same level of play. Unfortunately, the blame apparently fell on Damien.”kpii” Chok, Talon’s offlane player. To be fair to kpii, the offlane role is plausibly the hardest to play considering the opposing team will drive you off.
The other carry player Rafli Fathur”MikotoRahman also bears the main blame for his underwhelming performance. What is contradictory is that Mikoto was phenomenal last season, but this significant drop in not only his performance but also his playing style sparked quite a debate among fans.
However, Fly and Gabbi were the ones who left as they couldn’t really fully relocate and work with the team long-term.
A design unsuitable for the Talons
Let’s face it, Fly is a seasoned veteran player himself. After all, he’s captained notable teams in his career, but even Fly would agree that he wasn’t much of a leader himself. As for writing expertise, it goes without saying that Fly couldn’t execute his mastermind plans as intended. We’re seeing unorthodox offlane and mid-hero picks that look good on paper but don’t work as intended. Worse, the drafts were easily halted by opponents who merely protracted the match until Talon’s drafts were overtaken.
With hindsight, many fans assumed that Fly experienced culture shock when he first played in the Southeast Asia region. A new region where he had little to no experience of SEA’s unique style of play, aside from the occasional Major or The International tournament.
There were two options for Talon, either something magical happens or something horrible. Unfortunately it was the latter.
What’s next for Fly and Gabbi?
There’s no use crying over split milk now that the verdict has been passed. Talon Esports will likely be looking for new candidates to fill its team. It’s good timing too as the DPC2021-22 Tour 1 comes to a close this week. Without the Winter Major, many teams and players should already be splitting up and reshuffling their rosters.
On the other hand, the question is whether Fly is going to another region or returning to the NA scene. He flew all the way to SEA, out of his comfort zone to seize the opportunity, so it’s no stretch to think he could decide to join a CIS squad or a Chinese team. Another possible outcome is Fly’s return to North America, but that’s a cause for concern. There aren’t many polished teams in NA that Fly could recruit on a whim. Either EG just takes him back, or he joins the likes of 4Z or Quincy just to beat EG.
The most likely scenario is that he will join a European/CIS team as there are many looking to strengthen their rosters in the future. Wherever Fly goes, he can rely on his lucky stars, because Tour 1 didn’t really matter.
Gabbi the incredible puck
Gabbi probably won’t have a hard time finding a SEA team that fits his needs. Gabbi is a good hard carry player but the better middle player. As such, Gabbi returning to the middle lane might be something worth checking out. Most crippling teams would be more than happy to have Gabbi on board as their prodigy. However, Gabbi could prioritize Division 1 teams as there is so much stakes to gain DPC points from the second major.
He can also play again with Fly in an EU/CIS team if they feel good playing together. It was fun while it lasted. Hopefully Fly has enjoyed his time in the SEA and learned new perspectives in Dota 2.
Where they are going now is unclear.
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