CIS veteran and “sharks” to go separate ways heading into 2018.
Some roster news hits the Dota 2 world to close out 2017, as CIS organization Vega Squadron announced that Sergey Alexandrovich “G” Bragin would not carry on with the squad into 2018. The team announced that it and Bragin agreed not to renew the player’s contract, which is set to expire at the end of the calendar year. G originally joined Vega Squadron in November of 2016, and was a key piece in the team earning its sole Pro Circuit appearance at the Perfect World Masters back in November. The move leaves G a free agent entering 2018, and with Valve yet to announce a new roster lock date for the 2018 section of the season, any team that picks G up would incur a Qualifying Points penalty. However, G remains a skilled and experienced player that could provide a boost for a European or CIS team trying to make a final push into contention on the Pro Circuit.
For Vega Squadron, the loss of G is the most recent change to the roster, but not the only one. In October, Airat “Silent” Gaziev left the team to accept a roster spot on fellow CIS squad Team Empire, and just a few weeks ago at the beginning of December, the team announced that it had moved offlaner Vasily “AfterLife” Shishkin to an inactive position on the team. Since those roster changes, the team has been playing with some long-term stand in players in the form of Nikita “Palantimos” Grinkevich and Džoni “Blizzy” Ri, but it is not yet clear if either of those players will be joining the Vega Squadron roster on a more permanent basis in the wake of these changes. As it stands now, the official roster for Vega Squadron is a bit short handed, but we’ll see what moves the team makes moving forward.
The Vega Squadron roster is as follows after the departure of G
- Illya “ALOHADANCE” Korobkin (Carry)
- Bakyt “Zayac” Emilzhanov (Support)
- Semion “CemaTheSlayeR” Krivulya (Support)(Captain)
- Vasily “AfterLife” Shishkin (Offlane)
Link to statement/article from Vega Squadron organization: