The ongoing roster shuffle has now spread its tentacles to Europe/CIS region impacting the legendary team Natus Vincere. In a statement released on the official Na’Vi website, they have announced that they’ve benched players Vladyslav “Crystallize” Krystanek, Pavel “9pasha” Khvastunovto and Nikita “young G” Bochko as well as their coach, Andrey “Mag” Chipenko.
“Unsatisfactory Results” by the Na’Vi Roster
The statement by the COO of Na’Vi esports club highlighted the club’s need for a roster restructuring. According to him, the team has put in a lot of effort for a long time but the “beautiful triumphs” that a club expects as a result of this hard work, have not happened. The fans of the team have wanted “radical changes” and so this roster rebuilding process will help the Na’Vi team to come up with the best possible option in the coming months. In the end, he asks the fans and community to support them in this difficult time.
The Na’Vi club has also mentioned that it is looking for players who are performing profoundly in this era of online tournaments. The roster has been shuffling a lot of players post their dismal show at The International 2019 managing only a 13-16th place. Looking at their results in the past year, it is evident that all these changes have born no fruit. Na'Vi managed to secure the 2nd spot at the Gamers Without Borders 2020 but besides that, it has been a herculean task for the CIS team to even reach the playoffs in most of the other tournaments.
Following these changes, Na’Vi has only two players in the active roster namely, Alexander “Immersion” Hmelevskoy and Illias “illias” Ganeev. The other members of the roster will be assembled step-by-step, Na'Vi stated that it has already started to look for suitable candidates for its coaching position.
Na'Vi is set to play ESL One Germany 2020 which is to begin on October 5, 2020. A roster change means the team will have to buck up its “step by step” process in hiring new players to play with a fully revamped squad or go into the tournament with some stand-ins.
Na’Vi’s Current Dota 2 Roster:
- Illias “Illias” Ganeev
- Alexander “Immersion” Hmelevskoy
- Igor “caff” Sydorenko (manager)
Benched Players and Coach:
- Vladyslav “Crystallize” Krystanek (inactive)
- Pavel “9pasha” Khvastunov (inactive)
- Nikita “young G” Bochko (inactive)
- Andrey “Mag” Chipenko (inactive)
It will be interesting to see the new destinations of Na'Vi's benched players in the upcoming week.