Two major companies team up for a new DOTA 2 team with Blacklist International, Tier One’s eSports team, and Canadian Esports Media and entertainment company Rivalry. The joint team will be called Blacklist Rivalry, and ias set to compete in the 2023 season of DOTA Pro Circuit.
”Our joint venture with Tier One represents another meaningful opportunity to support and engace with the DOTA 2 community in Southeast Asia,” Rivalry CEO Steven Salz said. “We’re looking forward to working alongside its Blacklist team division to ighlight the journet of these talented players with premium content for fans, as well as ensuring the team is equipped for championship-caliber success.”
The DOTA 2 roster of Blacklist Rivalry consists of veterans with combined decades of experience. They are:
- Carlo “Kuku” Palad
- Timothy “Tims” Randrup
- Marc Polo “Raven” Fausto
- Nico “eyyou” Barcelon
- Karl “Karl” Baldovino
“Assembling a decorated team like this won’t guarantee us a win. There is still a lot of work to be done. But of us in Blacklist, we’re just happy that we’ll get to compete against the best in the world with this roster,” Tier One Entertainment CEO Tryke Gutierrez said.
All of the gaming hardware will be sponsored by Acer Predator, providing the team with top-end Predator gaming PCs and a Predator-branded bootcamp.“It has always been our goal to support eSports from the grassroots to the professional level, and we’re very honored to work with Tier One Entertainment and Blacklist International as they finally expand to DOTA 2,” Acer Philippines General Manager Sue Ong-Lim said.
“At Predator Gaming, we are happy to bear witness to where our partnership with Tier One Entertainment and Blacklist International will go and what greatness will be achieved by the players, who are all Predator League champions,” Ong-Lim adds.
Aside from DOTA 2, Blacklist has championship teams in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Call of Duty: Mobile, and Legends of Runeterra in the Philippines and Free Fire in Malaysia.