B8 Parts Ways With Crystallis and Fishman
Ukrainian organization B8 has announced that it has parted ways with its carry Remco “Crystallis” Arets and hard support Dmitriy “Fishman” Polishchuk. Both players joined B8 in June earlier this year after the team conducted a massive reshuffle which left founder and team captain Danil “Dendi” Ishutin as the sole remaining member of its inaugural roster.
— B8 (@B8esportsGG) December 7, 2020
Hopes were high for B8 back when the team was first established in January. Spearheaded by one of Dota 2‘s most legendary and beloved players, the team was seen as a welcome addition to the CIS scene. With an inaugural roster boasting the likes of Nikola “LeBronDota” Popović and Rinat “KingR” Abdullin, B8 was seen as an up-and-coming contender in the CIS region.
But things have not gone quite as planned for Dendi&Co, as the team failed to achieve a top-three finish at any tournament they’ve attended so far. Numerous roster changes have plagued the struggling team since its inception. All in all, B8 has gone through a total of nine different players thus far.
B8 tried to shake things up with a massive revamp in June by fielding an international roster. Although somewhat promising on paper, the iteration continued the trend of lackluster results, boasting a measly win rate of just 32% in the past six months they’ve competed together.
With most of those results coming from lesser-known teams competing in the regional CIS scene, B8 yet again found itself in dire need of change.
Dendi himself has shown that his best days of Dota are far behind him. Once hailed as the best player in the world and Dota 2’s unofficial poster boy, it’s evident that not even Dendi can stand the test of time.
With the DPC season starting on January 28th, B8 definitely has enough time to prepare for the upcoming season. With B8’s international foray evidently coming to a close, the organization will more than likely opt for a full CIS roster heading into next season. Many teams are still preparing for the upcoming season, which means that currently there is no shortage of talent in the CIS scene.