Martin "Saksa" Sazdov officially joined Tundra Esports on Tuesday, becoming the fifth member of the European org's active Dota 2 roster.
The announcement was made by the Tundra Twitter account, bringing over Saksa, 26, to join Oliver "Skiter" Lepko, Leon "Nine" Kirilin, Neta "33" Shapira and Jingjun "Sneyking" Wu on the reenvisioned roster.
"We are very excited to welcome Saksa," Tundra Co-Founder and Esports and Operations Director Anthony Graham said in a press release. "He has already made a strong connection with the team which we believe is vital for performance. Ultimately our goal is to make it to The International and that will only happen with team synergy. Saksa brings a wealth of experience to the team and we’re hoping he can take us to the next level."
In addition to the Saksa signing, Tundra also revealed their final Dota 2 roster line-up in which Jingjun "Sneyking" Wu will move to position 5 and into the role of Team Captain.
The moves come less than a week removed from Tundra announcing the departure of their former Dota 2 captain in Adrian "Fata" Trinks.
“We are very aware of the community’s response," Graham said, "especially in regards to the long-term contracts we have in place. We still believe that this offers more consistency and stability for our players that isn’t the norm in esports. And as we grow as an organization, we will continue to refine how we work with our players to try and ensure they feel supported while also looking at how we can achieve better results."
Prior to joining Tundra, Saksa has competed professionally in Dota 2 since 2014 for many orgs including Ninjas in Pyjamas and OG. He also held a coaching role for Ukrainian organization, HellRaisers, in 2017.
"All of my teammates are really amazing and I think we can achieve great things together," Saksa said. "In the short term, I will be trying to understand how everything works in the team and getting used to how everyone communicates. I’m hoping to see all the practice we put in achieve good results and hopefully maybe one day win TI."
Tundra will look to improve upon their third-place finish in the last stage by competing in the upper division of the WEU DPC regional league for the Spring Tour.
The new Tundra Dota 2 roster is:
- Oliver "Skiter" Lepko
- Leon "Nine" Kirilin
- Neta "33" Shapira
- Martin "Saksa" Sazdov
- Jingjun "Sneyking" Wu (Captain)
- Kurtis "Aui_2000" Ling (Coach)