The CIS juggernaut will be looking for a new coach to lead it into the 2018-2019 season
After more than a year working his magic behind the scenes, Virtus.pro coach Ivan “Artstyle” Antonov will be stepping down from the position heading into the 2018-2019 Pro Circuit season. Under his guidance, VP transformed itself from a strong but inconsistent squad into the unquestioned leader of the CIS region and one of the most formidable squads in the whole of the Dota 2 world. With Artstyle as its coach, VP attended 2 TIs and 10 Majors, and tied the record for most Major Championship titles in Dota 2 history with 4. The CIS veteran even stood in for the team during its Pro Circuit matches in December of 2017, helping the squad earn a Minor Championship title at the DOTA Summit 8. ArtStyle stands as a TI Champion player, a 4 time Major Champion as a coach, and a 6 time TI attendee between the 2 positions, but his time as the coach of Virtus.pro has come to an end.
The question now for Artstyle is where he plans to go for the upcoming Pro Circuit season. His impressive prowess at the coaching position would make him an ideal pick up for any of the CIS squads looking for a proven, veteran presence for its players. While none of the other major teams in the CIS region stand at exactly the same caliber as VP, Artstyle’s addition as a coach would be sure to improve its standing to a certain degree. Of course, there is always the possibility that the veteran player opts to return to an active playing role, in which case he would presumably have a wealth of options to pick from. Just about every major organization within the CIS region has roster spots to fill before the registration deadline, and very few of them seem likely to turn down the services of a TI Champion and a veteran of both the playing and coaching positions. So, while Artsyle’s time with VP may have come to an end, don’t be surprised if we see him sticking around the CIS scene in this upcoming Pro Circuit season.