From winning MLG Columbus with Speed Gaming to DAC with EG, Kurtis ‘Aui_2000’ Ling has been a staple in the DotA 2 scene since early 2012. Applying his keen mind for theorycraft and farming efficiency, he later went on to reach the pinnacle of DotA: first place at The International 2015. Recently a sub and coach for Team Secret, the former 1 position for Dignitas seeks to return to his roots and will play the carry role for Team NP.
Jacky ‘EternaLEnVy’ Mao has played for many accomplished teams of his own creation, the likes of nth, C9, and Team Secret. With a new year of DotA ahead, the Shanghai major-winning carry player looks to do it once again, taking the helm of a fresh roster as captain and drafter. The polarizing yet always entertaining figure will be playing the mid role for Team NP.
In his early career, Arif ‘MSS’ Anwar quickly made a name for himself by standing in for well-known American teams like Team Liquid and Evil Geniuses. He was one of the top offlaners in the NA region before taking a break from the professional scene to focus on college. A promising player and a force to be reckoned with, MSS returns this year and will be playing the offlane position for Team NP.
Avery ‘SVG’ Silverman first broke out onto the scene in late 2015, quickly becoming one of the best ‘4’ players in NA. After a roster shuffle left him teamless, SVG was quickly picked up to coach EG who then went on to place 3rd at TI6. Eager and hungry to win, SVG returns to playing DotA as the support position for Team NP, primarily the 4 role.
A veteran player from the DotA 1 days, Theeban ‘1437’ Siva has played at 4 TIs and coached 2. He is well-known for coaching Team Secret during their incredible pre-TI5 run where they won multiple LANs in quick succession. He later went on to become the acclaimed coach responsible for the Shanghai-winning Team Secret roster. This season, 1437 returns to the competitive scene bringing with him a wealth of knowledge. He will play the support position for Team NP, primarily the 5 role.