After Gambit lost two of their strongest players yesterday right before the Dota 2 Major, NaVi has made shocking changes to their lineup too.
The Dota Pro Circuit spring season is over. NaVi finished 6th in the top division and failed to qualify for WePlay AniMajor. Unsatisfying results and defeats in the key matches of the season significantly undermined the atmosphere in the team. Therefore, changes were needed to get NaVi back on track. With little time left before qualifiers for The International 10, that was their last chance to make a roster change. While searching for ways out of the crisis, they found out that Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev and Vladimir “No(o)ne” Minenko are not planning to play a Major tournament with AS Monaco Gambit.
Therefore, Sonneiko and No(o)ne are new Natus Vincere players as Iceberg and Alwayswannafly are departing from the squad. NaVi’s goal is to qualify for The International 10.
“In Dota, the working atmosphere within the team plays an important role. Despite the replacement just before the start of this season and numerous attempts to keep the squad together, we were unable to show consistently good results. Discussions with the guys led to the conclusion that the squad in its current form won’t continue playing together and, therefore, changes are inevitable.
We would like to thank Iceberg and AlwaysWannaFly for their dedication, hard work and positive emotions.
No(o)ne is a great player with a good team spirit, and SoNNeikO is one of the most talented leaders in the CIS. The boys had a chance to play in the Wildcard stage at the Major tournament, but they decided to focus on training with the top teams in the world, as long as there is an opportunity to play with them on European servers. They are striving for their goal, and that’s impressive.” -
Aleksey “xaoc” Kucherov, NaVi COO.