The CIS squad begins its roster rebuild with the release of the Russian support.
Back in June, the Na’Vi organization made an important announcement, as it was revealed that the entire Na’Vi Dota 2 roster would go inactive until August. At that point, it was implied that the organization would be deciding upon what direction it wanted to go in with its lineup and announcing which players, if any, would be remaining on the team for the 2018-2019 season. Well, August is very nearly at an end, and we’re finally seeing the first moves in Na’Vi’s attempt to rebuild its roster. While no new roster has been officially announced, news has come out that support player Fedor “velheor” Rusikhin has left the organization and is in search of a new team for the upcoming season. With his departure, the Na’Vi lineup is now reduced to 4 players, with the potential for more departure’s to be announced within the coming days.
Velheor had been a rather late addition to the Na’Vi roster, as the Russian support player was only added to the roster in May as a replacement for Nikola “LeBronDota” Popović. With Velheor on the roster, Na’Vi put together a less than ideal 13th-16th place run at the China Dota 2 Supermajor in which it posted a 1-6 total record. Around 2 weeks later, the CIS squad failed to place high enough in either of the TI8 CIS Open Qualifiers and did not participate in the main regional qualifier. Since then, it was fairly clear that Velheor would not be returning to Na’Vi, as he was seen playing in events with other teams like 20 min afk les, Akatsuki Clan, and Team Empire. However, now that he has officially left the organization, the question is where he will end up going for the 2018-2019 season. Velheor’s playing experience at the professional level is not exactly extensive, as his career began in 2016 and consisted of stints with relatively minor squads in the CIS region prior to him joining Na’Vi. However, given the number of appearances that he’s already made with other teams in the region, it would appear that there is a fair bit of interest in Velheor’s services and hopefully a number of potential opportunities for him to secure a new squad for the Pro Circuit season.
The roster of Na’Vi following the departure of Velheor:
Vladislav “Crystallize” Krystanek (Carry)
Danil “Dendi” Ishutin (Mid, Captain)
Victor “GeneRaL” Nigrini (Offlane)
Ilya “Lil” Ilyuk (Support)
Alexander “XBOCT” Dashkevich (Coach)
Igor “Caff” Sydorenko (Manager)