Two days after releasing SoNNeikO, the CIS organization announced the addition of its newest player.
It’s roster lock day in the Dota 2 world, the final day for teams to drop players from registered teams without incurring a penalty to future Qualifying Point earnings. Many teams across every region are looking to finalize or alter their lineups before this first phase ends, and one of those squads is CIS organization Na’Vi. Fortunately for fans (or unfortunately if you’re a fan of surprise roster drama), we knew this move was coming, as the organization announced the addition of a new player when it released former captain Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev a few days ago. In his place, the team announced that Nikola “LeBronDota” Popovic would be joining the squad, and that the captain’s role for the team would be passed into the hands of recent trade acquisition Ilya “Lil” Ilyuk.
LeBronDota has been active in the professional Dota 2 scene for nearly three years now, having drifted between the European and CIS regions throughout his career. The Serbian player spent the 2017 section of the season playing with CIS squad Double Dimension, though the team found little success in Pro Circuit qualifiers and lost the majority of its lineup at the end of the year, including LeBronDota. He played for about a month within the European region with Team Doggie, and was most recently a member of the Spider Pigs roster for about a week before being acquired by Na’Vi. While LeBronDota may not have many notable achievements in professional Dota just yet, he brings a high level of individual talent that Na’Vi is hoping to integrate in its new roster. Time will tell if this new look squad makes Na’Vi a stronger and more serious threat on the international level, as the CIS squad prepare once more to brave the trials of the Pro Circuit stage.
The Na’Vi lineup following the addition of LeBronDota
- Vladislav “Crystallize” Krystanek (Carry)
- Danil “Dendi” Ishutin (Mid)
- Victor “GeneRaL” Nigrini (Offlane)
- Ilya “Lil” Ilyuk (Support) (Captain)
- Nikola “LeBronDota” Popovic (Support)