Beginning of September, when they introduced to the world their new roster, marked a fresh start for Natus Vincere. The new season didn’t start all too well though, as the CIS legends dropped early in the Kuala Lumpur Major qualifiers.
A few days later, the lineup featuring a couple of youngsters started to pick up the pace and find the synergy to win the DreamLeague Season 10 Minor qualifiers, however they were still struggling to find some consistency in their games. A week ago, at Reshuffle Madness, an online event won by Alliance, Na’Vi were among the first two teams eliminated. Yesterday they entered the battle for the Maincast Autumn Brawl title, but unfortunately they are forced to play with a standin, most probably for the entire tournament.
It was announced on the official Na’Vi website that Idan “MagicaL”Vardanyan, their new mid laner, suffered a hand injury and has no other option than watching his teammates play while he waits for his hand to heal.
“We rode with the whole crew on the mini-bike’s, and it so happened that I fell down and landed badly, injuring my hand. Next week I will not be able to play competitive matches, as I will recover,” said MagicaL in an official statement released by Na’Vi after they played their first match in the Autumn brawl with Egor “Arc.” Zhabotinsky standing in.
Arc has a fairly decent amount of experience, having played previously for Comanche, Spartak Esports, PENTA Sports and now being a member of Burden United. “There is a certain teamwork and synergy in the composition,” mentioned MagicaL as he, Arc and Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev, Na’Vi’s current captain, played together in the past. MagicaL seems to be just about right regarding how the team will perform with Arc as Na’Vi started the Autumn Brawl yesterday with two victories, sitting now on the first place in their group.
Na’Vi roster for Autumn Brawl:
Vladyslav “Crystallize” Krystanek
Egor “Arc.” Zhabotinsky (standin)
Evgenii “Blizzy” Ri
Evgenii “Chuvash” Makarov
Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev
Autumn Brawl has a prize pool of $80,000 and 20 teams fighting for a share of it. Sixteen squads received invitations to the group stage part of the tournament, while four more were invited straight into the playoffs. The 16 group stage attendees were split into four groups and only the top two in each group will advance into the playoffs, where they will join Team Secret, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Gambit Esports and Virtus.pro.