Virtus.pro Testing Two New Dota 2 Players; Might Undergo Roster Changes
There may be a change coming to Virtus.pro's Dota 2 roster as the organization announced on Twitter that it is testing two new players for the roles of position one and position four. According to Virtus.pro, this testing phase became necessary after a team meeting post the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) 2021 season. The group realized that there were both internal and in-game factors that could potentially impede the performance of the team in the future. However, a final decision about Virtus.pro's Dota 2 roster is still pending, and the original roster that competed at The International 10 could still be retained.
Virtus.pro might be undergoing two roster changes
Virtus.pro explained that the coach and the sports director met with the roster to discuss past performances as well as future plans. While sharing their perspectives and opinions, various issues were identified internally and with regards to the team’s playstyle.
The team said it could start the next DPC season without any changes if players "will cooperate in the most crucial aspects.”
Virtus.pro's Egor "Nightfall" Grigorenko plays as the position one while Vitalie "Save-" Melnic, who is also the captain, plays as the position four. In the past both of these players have been pivotal in the team's drafts. Offlaner Dmitry "DM" Dorokhin had stated in an interview during ESL One Fall 2021 that Save- and Nightfall used to draft together before coach Anatoly "boolk" Ivanov was added to the team in August 2021. After the coach was added, boolk and Nightfall were tasked with drafting.
Despite the fact that Nightfall plays position one and Save- plays position four in the current roster, Virtus.pro did not name them explicitly. Therefore, it is also possible that some players may switch roles. However, a concrete description of the changes will most probably be released soon.
Virtus.pro's full roster currently consists of:
Danil "gpk" Skutin
Egor "Nightfall" Grigorenko
Dmitry "DM" Dorokhin
Vitalie "Save-" Melnic
Illias "Kingslayer" Ganeev
At The International 10 (TI10), Virtus.pro was among the top contenders, but lost to the champions Team Spirit and finished 5th-6th.
Multiple rumors have swirled around about the team's future and potential roster changes since its elimination from TI10. Sergey "Fly1eaf" Glamazda, the team's general manager, had admitted then that some changes might hinge on the players' personal ambitions and goals. Virtus.pro members, too, said in a recent vlog that roster changes were possible.
Currently, it is unknown which two players the team is trialing. Virtus.pro has less than a month left to finalize its Dota 2 lineup for the DPC 2021-22, which is scheduled to begin on 29th Nov 2021. The official announcement from Valve regarding the schedule of the next DPC is pending.