Not even two weeks after Kim 'DuBu' Doo-young left the team at the start of the new year, the four other members of MVP Phoenix - Lee Reisen Jun-yeong, Kim 'Febby' Yong-min, Kim 'QO' Seon-yeob, and Kim 'Velo' Tae-sung - have also quit the team.
This marks the official closing of the Phoenix roster of the MVP organization. MVP's two remaining South Korean Dota 2 teams, Hot6ix and Aegis, will combine into MVP's new primary team. The other team owned by MVP is MVP Revolution, previously the Kyrgyz team NoLifer5.Reborn which was acquired by the organization last January 2.
Despite the foreshadowing apparent with DuBu's leaving the team first, this disbanding comes as a surprise to many who consider 2016 to be MVP Phoenix' best year yet. Apart from championing premier leagues WePlay Dota 2 League (season 3) and the Dota Pit League (season 4), the team also made it to the playoffs of the Shanghai and Manila Majors, as well as The International 6. They did not, however, fare so well in the recent Boston Major, ending up at the bottom of their group against Virtus.pro, Newbee, and Team NP.
DuBu has locked in with the new Team Onyx. Febby has joined Fnatic's yet-incomplete roster as its third player. QO will be joining new teams WanteD, an NA team under the leadership of ppd.
As one of the regular prime contenders of the SEA region, MVP Phoenix will leave a large gap particularly in the South Korean Dota 2 scene.