Brian “FLUFFNSTUFF” Lee rounds out the Kaipi roster for the Fall Major 2016 season. The North American will be replacing Alperen “mdL” Arslan in position 5 and has already been playing in officials with the team. With the roster lock confusion from earlier this month cleared up and in the past, the team is looking to make their mark on the scene immediately.
— Wykrhm Reddy (@wykrhm) September 13, 2016
Brian “FLUFFNSTUFF” Lee joins the Kaipi roster – officially locking in for the Fall Major 2016 season. He has already been spotted playing with the team during the WellPlay Invitational a few days ago – showing strong performance and sweeping through ProDota Gaming 2:0.
FLUFFNSTUFF’s résumé includes competing in TI2 and TI3 with teams like compLexity and Team Liquid, 1st place finishes in The Defense Season 2, the Curse Dota 2 Invitational, American Dota League, Bounty Hunter Series America Showdown. FLUFFNSTUFF left Team Liquid in March 2014, after public venting regarding the team’s dynamics and performance. Since then, he has made numerous changes to his teams, including two big roster changes for Sneaky Nyx Assassians in less than a year and multiple roster reshuffles since December 2014.
FLUFF is well known and praised for his support videos and guidance. He will assume position 5 as the counterpart to Alaan “SexyBamboe” Faraj, replacing Alperen “mdL” Arslan who was with the team for several weeks.
Kaipi had a strong start to the post TI6 season. Right 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 on Dec. 15-18 in Yinchuan, China.
However, following some confusion regarding the deadline for the drop phase of the team registration period, Kaipi was looking at a very uncertain future. The captain of Kaipi, Armand “bOne7” Pittner missed the drop deadline by merely hours. Consequently, ComeWithMe and 7ckingMad became locked into Kaipi’s roster – leaving Kaipi unable to register their intended team members.
Reaching out to Valve, the situation was rectified days later and all players were released – giving the team a new hope with their strong start.
Kaipi 2015-2016 season
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 player 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 participated in several minor tournaments and qualifiers throughout the season, but were unable to clinch any noteworthy achievements, mainly due to their roster instability.
Shortly after, ComeWithMe departed the team and was eventually replaced by Alperen “mdL” Arslan for several weeks.
Kaipi current roster:
WehSing “SingSing” Yuen
Alaan “SexyBamboe” Faraj
Armand “bOne7” Pittner
Neta “thecoon” Shapira
Brian “FLUFFNSTUFF” Lee