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Helsinki REDS expand into Dota 2

The Helsinki REDS signed a Dota 2 team
The Helsinki REDS added a Dota 2 team, their second foray into esports. Photo courtesy of the Helsinki REDS.

The Helsinki REDS announced Tuesday they have expanded into Dota 2 by signing a five-player roster and support staff.

“We are currently seeing the beginnings of a Dota 2 boom in Finland,” Helsinki REDS general manager Christer Kasurinen said in a news release. “This is a very good time for us to expand into a new game, and more specifically a very good moment for us to begin our venture into Dota 2. We have been building this roster patiently for four months. We are finally at a point where we are ready to go. We are expecting big things from this team.”

The players consist of team captain Benjamin “Notah” Läärä, Jan “Womber” Kylmänen, Kim “Vipu” Roos, Risto “Ouker” Kakkonen and Tomas “Syuuu” Sainio. The team will be managed by Joel “Jannu” Toivonen, and coached by Jose “kthx” Mikos.

This is the second esport for the Helsinki REDS after signing an Overwatch team in November. The organization also launched a junior Overwatch team earlier this month. It’s been a busy week for the REDS, who also made changes to their senior Overwatch roster earlier in the week.

The Helinski REDS are an esports project started in November by Finnish ice hockey club IFK Helsinki.

Cover photo courtesy of the Helsinki REDS

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