The CIS squad reveals its new lineup after losing 2 players to begin September.
Vega Squadron had been a squad that we hadn’t heard all that much from so far this offseason, as the organization had been relatively quiet following its 5th-8th place finish in the TI8 CIS Qualifier. The squad had made a handful of appearances in minor tournaments and events between the end of the TI8 qualifiers and start of the event itself. However, the team’s roster was never consistent across those appearances, as the organization was in the process of testing and trying out potential additions to its roster for the 2018-2019 season. When September hit, things began to shift rather rapidly for Vega Squadron, as both Evgeniy “Blizzy” Ree and Semion “CemaTheSlayer” Krivulya were confirmed to have left to join regional rivals. In the wake of those changes, the organization has revealed its new roster for the upcoming season, with Nikita “Palantimos” Grinkevich and Bakyt “Zayac” Emilzhanov being the 2 holdovers from the team’s previous lineup. Joining that duo under the Vega Squadron banner are midlaner Duulat “Stormc4t” Subankulov, offlaner Alexander “Flow” Sazonov, and support player Vladimir “yol” Basov.
Flow and yol both come to Vega Squadron with a bit of experience under their belts, as the 2 players have previously played at a professional level within the CIS region. Yol began his professional career back in 2013 and has seen action on squads like RoX.Kis, Virtus.pro, and Fantastic Five. Most recently though, yol has stepped outside of the CIS region, having spent periods of the last Pro Circuit season in Europe with Elements Pro Gaming, before closing out the season on the roster of Southeast Asian squad Clutch Gamers. As for Flow, his career has been largely overshadowed by health concerns over the past few years. Though he served as a player and substitute for Double Dimension last season, he has been dealing with a diagnosis of a cancerous tumor that has somewhat limited his ability to compete on a consistent basis. The good news is that his treatments appear to have him looking significantly healthier, and the offlaner will hopefully be able to put in a full season for Vega Squadron with not complications.
The final addition to the Vega Squadron lineup is lesser known player within the CIS region, as Stormc4t has not yet been able to make it onto the roster of a more well known organization until now. However, the Kazakhstani midlaner has been earning a fair bit of attention within the tier 2 and 3 scene in the CIS region, and reportedly impressed the organization with his play style and wide hero pool. At first glance, pinning a team’s hopes on a young and relatively unproven midlaner seems a bit unwise for Vega Squadron. However, teams like Evil Geniuses, Newbee, OG, and Team Liquid have all recently found success with young talent in the middle lane, and Vega Squadron is hoping that it has a potential star in the making in Stormc4t.
The new roster of Vega Squadron:
Nikita “Palantimos” Grinkevich (Carry)
Duulat “Stormc4t” Subankulov (Mid)
Alexander “Flow” Sazonov (Offlane)
Bakyt “Zayac” Emilzhanov (Support)
Vladimir “yol” Basov (Support, Captain)
Alexandr “OneLuckyDay” Kazannikov (Manager)