Dota 2: Shopify Rebellion Bench Thiolicor

North American squad Shopify Rebellion has decided to part ways with their support player, Thiago “Thiolicor” de Oliveira Cordeiro.... Owen | 30. April 2024

North American squad Shopify Rebellion has decided to part ways with their support player, Thiago “Thiolicor” de Oliveira Cordeiro. The team is left scrambling, looking for a new replacement. 

Thiolicor is a Brazilian Dota 2 player who quickly made a name for himself as one of the country’s most mechanically skilled position four players. European players recognized his talents, as he was invited to play with Davai Lama in D1 Hustlers and Luna Galaxy.

After the disbandment of D1 Hustlers, Thiolicor was given his most significant opportunity yet, playing for established esports organization Shopify Rebellion, where he would play with one of the biggest names the scene has to offer, Artour “Arteezy” Babaev.

The 24-year-old joined Shopify Rebellion in November 2023 and immediately got to work. The newly-formed squad qualified for DreamLeague Season 22 and ESL One Birmingham, two tournaments offering million-dollar prize pools.

Together with Thiolicor, Shopify Rebellion had a decent placement for their first big event, 7th place at DreamLeague Season 22. The team made it out of the first Group Stage with a respectable 9-5 record against the best teams in the world.

However, the top eight was too much for the four-month-old roster, where they finished second to last place, eliminated in 7th place. Overall, DreamLeague can be considered a success, as it sparked potential for the Shopify Rebellion crew.

The next event on the list was ESL One Birmingham 2024, which would be the team’s first LAN event together. Unfortunately, Arteezy and company’s offline debut was spoiled after a Group Stage elimination, and they finished dead last.

After their elimination, offlaner SabeRLiGhT- shared a few words on his Twitter account:

“Very dissapointing tournament, but regardless, wanna give a big shoutout to 

ESL, amazing support, catering and production, they didnt even send us to the airport after losing so I’ll see some of you during the main stage. Huge thanks for having us, and huge thanks to the fans!”

Though Thiolicor wasn’t playing badly by any means, he is undeniably the least-experienced player on the Shopify Rebellion roster. The Brazilian only made a breakthrough to Tier 1 Dota after being picked up by the Rebels. 

Under Shopify Rebellions official post, fans were claiming they had just kicked the best player in the team, and were happy that Thiolicor could find a better team to play with instead of being stuck with the current roster.

With the removal of Thiolicor, Shopify Rebellion is left with:

  • Artour “Arteezy” Babaev
  • Erin Jasper “Yopaj” Ferrer
  • Jonáš “SabeRLight-” Volek
  • TBD
  • Kartik “Kitrak” Rathi
  • Kanishka “BuLba” Sosale (Coach)

Thiolicor’s replacement has yet to be announced, but it is expected to be revealed shortly. Will Shopify Rebellion recruit a promising European player, or will they stick to finding talent in the Americas region? 

Header: Shopify Rebellion