VP Prodigy have finally announced their new roster for the upcoming OGA DotaPit Season 3: EU/CS. CIS veteran Lil and Gambit Esports' gpk will be joining the team as standins for this tournament. This is VP.Prodigy's first roster change since their inception.
Lil and gpk Join VP Prodigy Temporarily
Finally, after two years following his departure from Virtus.Pro, Ilya "Lil" Ilyuk will be playing with the VP tag. However, he will be playing under the VP Prodigy division and as a stand-in. He will be joined by Gambit Esports’ Danil “gpk” Skutin who will also be a stand-in for VP Prodigy in this tournament.
As a result of these new changes, VP Prodigy has also confirmed that they will be benching their former midlaner Rostislav "fn" Lozovoi and hard support Albert "eine" Garaev.
So VP Prodigy's lineup for the OGA DotaPit S3: EU/CIS will be:
- Egor "epileptick1d" Grigorenko
- Danil "gpk" Skutin (stand-in)
- Dmitry "DM" Dorokhin
- Ilya "Lil" Ilyuk (stand-in)
- Vitaly "Save-" Melnik (captain)
"All teams come to a point where it’s crucial to make changes in order to reach new heights. For this upcoming tournament we decided to switch things up not only by replacing 2 of our players for individuals as much talented, but also by letting our team captain Vitaly play full support role.
We are grateful to Danil for his willingness to play for us in OGA Dota PIT S3 and to Gambit Esports for cooperation. We also highly appreciate Ilya’s agreement to temporarily come back under The Bear’s tag.
As always, we are setting the highest goals for our team, even though the guys haven’t had enough time to practice together. We’ll be joining you, friends, on live streams and cheering for the team. Thank you for being with us, your support in the next few days will be essential.”
While not explicitly stated, it is clear that this is a tryout of sorts for Lil and gpk with the VP Prodigy team. Considering the fact that some of the top teams in the region (including Team Secret, OG and Nigma) are competing in the OGA DotaPit S3: EU/CIS, a Top 3 finish for VP Prodigy might just push them to try to make these roster changes permanent for the team.
VP Prodigy will make their debut with this roster at the OGA DotaPit S3: EU/CIS against Team Secret on September 23rd at 10:00 PM SGT.