Despite Team Secret not qualifying for the Boston Major, one of their players might still make an appearance at Boston this year.
Lee “FoREv” Sang-don, who earlier in the 2016 season went to Team Secret is now back to Korean squad, MVP Phoenix as their official substitute player.
His teammate, core player Kim “QO” Sun-Yeop, confirmed the transfer today on his personal twitter account. According to QO, FoREv will be playing a core role while Kim “Febby” Yong-min will return to the support role from playing Position 1 core.
FoReV will join the team in their campaign in Boston for the Fall Major on December 7 – 10 at the Wang Theatre. Sources close to the team say that FoREv expressed his desire to immediately return to Korea following Team Secret’s failure to qualify in the European leg of the Boston qualifiers.
Per Valve’s updated substitution rules, a team may include a substitute player from any team not participating in the Major once the qualifiers for that Major is done. The new substitution rule states that the swap must be agreed upon by both the main roster player and the substitute for it to be legal, with Valve representatives present in the talks.
While Valve has not openly addressed the rules change, the recent use of teams such as Execration to improve their rosters points that Valve is at least tolerant of the new substitution rule being used to strategically improve team line-ups.
FoREv’s career began with the Korean Dota 2 squad, MVP Phoenix. During the 2015-2016 season, FoReV was instrumental in landing the team multiple Top 8 finishes in Valve tournaments, including 4th place in Shanghai, 6th in Manila and 6th at The International 6.