New acknowledgement in a new game
Similar to the sports, the transition of a player to a new discipline in eSports is rather unusual. Not many players dare undertake such step, and only a few can succeed. We decided to show 5 examples, when the transition from one game to another not only didn't impede a career of a player, but also was was very helpful.
Gustav "s4" Magnusson
Scandinavia has always enjoyed splendid esports scene. The quantity of top level pro players is constantly increasing in the region. The decision of a young Gustav Magnusson to build an eSports career is of no surprise. He chose MOBA game Heroes of Newerth to begin his career and achieve his ambitious goals. Soon enough he managed to achieve good results in the game. His HoN career, however, finished unexpectedly. For unknown reasons s4 didn't manage to get to the LAN-final of NASL Season 2 with Lions eSport Klubb, which forced him to leave his team.
As a free agent, Gustav with Loda and Akke created new team Experience Gaming. However, several weeks afterwards, he decided to switch to Dota, and got to Team Empire. He didn't play there for a long time. He called his old friends in October 2012 to create No Tidehunter, which joined Allienace organization in 6 months. The International 2013 final was one of the most fierce in the history of eSports, it was an encounter of tow equally powerful teams Na`Vi and Alliance. The fight lasted on 5 maps, however phenomenal million-dreamcoil by s4 enabled the Swedes to win. It took only one season for Gustav to turn into a leader of the best Dota 2 team of 2012-2013 season from a former Heroes of Newerth player.
This is a story of one more transition from Heroes of Newerth into Dota 2. However, it is not one player, but a whole team. Created in 2004, Fnatic managed to found its offices all over the world and encompassed enormous quantity of eSports titles. Even now, Fnatic has teams of four MOBAs and two FPS, which is rare. Meanwhile the quantity of disbanded teams impresses even more.
The history of Heroes of Newerth team began rather good. It had been winning awards and reached its peak in November 2011, when it won DreamHack MSI BEAT IT. In a couple of months, in early 2012 the team transitioned to Dota 2, regardless the successes. The transition was rather successful. In the next two years the team hasn't undergone any substantial changes, while showing great results at the tournament of regional and world level. The story ended in 2014 году, when Era, H4nn1, Trixi, BigDaddy and Fly said goodbye to the organization and took their own path in eSports career.
Jon "13abyKnight" Andersen
The Dane began eSports careen when he was very young, of which his nickname speaks. He chose WCIII Dota Allstars as his first game. His first pro team was legendary Meet Your Makers. Despite the high status of the team, Jon didn't achieve much. His top achievement was third place at Electronic Sports World Cup 2010. He began 2011 season in the capacity of StarCraft II player, and soon enough joined Nauts Vincere!
Jon didn't succeed in StarCraft II either. He was constantly changing the organizations and never managed to stay in any team for a long time. However, he did have progress as a player. Season 2013–2014 was the last in his StarCraft career. He not only managed to take top places, but he was remembered as a good player of European pro scene. Afterwards, 13abyKnight transitioned into the new title again. This time he picked Dota 2, he's a player of Princess Jellopy.
Andrey "AndyLendi" Pischikov
Andrew entered the pro scene in 2011 for the first time, when he played as a stand-in of the CIS Dota 2 team. Later on he would often be seen as a stand-in player of various teams, which ended, when he signed his first contract with a professional organization. Unfortunately, Andrew didn't achieved much, constantly switching one team after another. His nickname was ANDROIDp and he never managed to become a star of Dota 2. After 2 seasons, which apparently lacked successes, he decided to leave Dota and transitioned to Heroes of the Storm.
The decision was successful, and straight after the transition, the player began succeeding. As a player of ArthasStroitHram he won a couple of small tournaments, was spotted by Virus.pro and invited to join their HotS squad. In this season, Andrew won at the following tournaments: Heroes Major League — Europe Season 2 and StormGrounds August Invitational, and to reach top3 in a couple of other competitions.
Manuel "Grubby" Schenkhuizen
Many of you associate "Grubby" with the King of Orcs. However, the Dutch player not only has managed to become the world's best player of WarCraft III a couple of times, but he also used to play StarCraft II at professional level. He began with WarCraft III in 2002. Soon enough he became one of the most powerful players of Europe and in one season he became one of the strongest players of the world. In the next 7 years he won 30 LAN tournaments and became WC III world champion 6 times.
The Dutch player began 2011 as a professional StarCraft II player. Frankly speaking Grubby never managed to repeat his success in this discipline. However, his career never suffered from it, since his fans base increased due to a couple of successful StarCraft tournaments. In 2013 Grubby decided to stop his gaming career and began cooperating with Blizzard. Today Manuel comments Heroes of the Storm matches and the events of the company.