Seems like the TI 8 open qualifiers in CIS region became even more stacked as Na’Vi join the battle.
Early this morning dota2.com.cn published all the invited team rosters and one stood out in particular. Nikola “LeBronDota” Popović was missing from Na’Vi, instead, Fedor “Velheor” Rusihin appears as their position 5 support. Sources close to Na’Vi confirmed to VPEsports that this no mistake and that indeed Na’Vi will officially announce the roster change sometime today.
UPDATE 1: The Supermajor homepage changed the Na’Vi roster back and now shows LeBron as their fifth player.
UPDATE 2: ESL One confirm the roster change and announced that Na’Vi have also withdrawn from ESL One Birmingham Major
— ESL Dota2 (@ESLDota2) May 14, 2018
Update 3: Na’Vi officially announce their new roster:
“We’ve decided to replace the player now and withdraw from Birmingham, which was uncertain anyway due to visa issues. At the beginning of the next week we will gather for a short bootcamp in Kyiv, after which we’d go for a 1-week bootcamp in China for the full-fledged Supermajor preparation. Upon the return from China we would return to the training base in Kyiv again, and will be playing TI8 open qualifiers from there.
I would like to thank Nikola for the time and effort dedicated to the team. He is a great person and a teammate to work with. It might not be obvious to many, but he was contributing a lot to the team. However, we did not manage to get to mutual understanding between the support and core players. One could say LeBron sacrificed himself in this tough moment to save the team”. Igor “caff” Sydorenko – Na’Vi Dota 2 team manager:
- Vladislav ‘Crystallize’ Krystanek
- Danil ‘Denid’ Ishutin
- Victor ‘GeneRal’ Nigrini
- Ilya ‘Lil’ Ilyuk
- Fedor “Velheor” Rusihin
Fedor “Velheor” Rusihin, Na’Vi’s new addition is a Russian pub star who is grinding his way into the professional scene for quite some time now. He is a true CIS pub star with a lot of local LAN tournaments played mainly in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Back in 2016 Velheor placed second at the Russian e-Sports Cup 2016 with a team named Cascade. Last year at the same event he placed 6th/7th with Mad Dogs. Most recently, Velheor was part of the Slozhniy Memas2, the team who defeated 2-1 Natus Vincere in the group stage MDL Changsha Major CIS Qualifier. Neither Slozhniy Memas2 nor Na’Vi won those qualifiers. It was Vega Squadron who took the CIS spot and who are now competing in China, and while they fight for Dota Pro Circuit points now, Na’Vi have no option other than TI8 open qualifiers.