The Kaipi roster has been reformed by Armand “bOne7” Pittner and Neta “TheCoon/33” Shapira. The two former players have joined together for another go at competition for the new Kiev Major season. Joining them will be fellow Romanian Tutoi “Ar1se” Ionut, Milan “MiLAN” Kozomara from Elements Pro Gaming and newcomer Greek player Tasos “Focus-” Michailidis.
— MiLAN (@milandota2) January 9, 2017
Armand “bOne7” Pittner and Neta “TheCoon/33” Shapira have joined together to reform the Kaipi roster for the upcoming Kiev Major season.
The two former players had disbanded the team following struggles in qualifying for the Boston Major and the retirement of WehSing “SingSing” Yuen – revealed during a candid interview with DotaBlast.
They then moved over to merge with Prodota Gaming roster and traveled to China for WCA 2016 – ultimately taking fourth place at the event.
Their collaboration was one that was temporary from the start as reported to Dotablast at that time and both teams have since now locked in separate rosters.
Joining forces with the Kaipi members is fellow Romanian Turtoi “Ar1se” Ionut – well known for his time on Power Rangers and his standout Magnus plays.
They are also joined by Milan “MiLAN” Kozomara – most recently from Elements Pro Gaming and a promising Greek carry player Tasos “Focus-” Michailidis.
At the end of August, after The International 5, Armand “bOne7” Pittner put together a mix with Asuna, Bufni, Beesa, and Kikoni. They went by the name of Kaipi.
Less than a month later, Alexandru “ComeWithMe” Crăciunescu and Antonio “canceL^^” Mihai were brought on, after Kiril “Kikoni” Minkov and Salvador “Asuna” Khamis parted ways with the team.
Several roster changes later, Kaipi lost Ludwig “zai” Wåhlberg, to Evil Geniuses, on June 13th.
Amid speculation that they were about to sign former EG player Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling, Kaipi sought out Prodota Gaming’s Neta “thecoon” Shapira as zai’s replacement.
The Israeli player joined the rest of Kaipi’s lineup – bOne7, SingSing, ComeWithMe and SexyBamboe – on bootcamp in Bucharest, for the duration of The International 6 Open Qualifiers. The team failed to advance into the Regional Qualifiers, after losing to Global Challengers during the first round of qualifiers (Round of 16) and E-Lab in the second one (Round of 32).
Kaipi competed in several minor tournaments and qualifiers throughout the season, but were unable to clinch any noteworthy achievements, mainly due to their roster instability.
ComeWithMe left the team and was eventually replaced by Alperen “mdL” Arslan for several weeks.
Kaipi had a solid start to the post-TI6 season. Straight out of the gate, the team seized the WCA EU Main Qualifier spot, after an intense five-game series against Vega Squadron. With the help of Team Secret’s Johan “pieliedie” Åström as a stand-in, the team will be headed to represent Europe at the WCA main event in Yinchuan, China.
On September 14th, Brian “FLUFFNSTUFF” Lee rounded out Kaipi’s roster for the 2016 fall season.
Kaipi were knocked out of the Americas Boston Major qualifiers after an intense and grueling three-game grand finals against Elements Pro Gaming and the team disbanded.
Armand “bOne7” Pittner
Neta “TheCoon/33” Shapira
Turtoi “Ar1se” Ionut
Milan “MiLAN” Kozomara
Tasos “Focus-“ Michailidis