A few months ago Natus Vincere announced that their roster would move to inactive for the foreseeable future as they worked out what they would do following The International 2018’s culmination. With TI8 now behind us, Yevhen Zolotarov, Na’Vi’s CEO, has released a statement documenting the changes to the team and their new roster – which, after 8 years, will be void of Dendi.
Right off the bat, in the video released by Na’Vi, Yevhen speaks about the choices which the organization had moving forward; acquiring an already current roster, building a team around a single captain or finding a group of like-minded players to all take leadership. He goes on to discuss each situation briefly, stating that they were in talks with the ex-VGJ.Storm roster but due to majorly logistical reasons, that was not a viable option while continuing to say that it would also be difficult to find 5 players who gel together. This left one option, building a team around a strong captain/leader and that is none other than Akbar ‘SoNNeikO’ Butaev, a player known for bringing Na’Vi out of a massive slump back in 2015.
Thank you for the 8 years of support and trust. I enjoyed every minute and wish future teams the best of luck!
— Danil Ishutin (@DendiBoss) September 1, 2018
Apart from that, Vladislav ‘Crystallize’ Krystanek remains on the roster, playing the position 1 carry role, while the mid-lane will no longer feature the long-standing Stalwart of Na’Vi, Danil ‘Dendi’ Ishutin, but instead a young and unknown Ukrainian, Magical. After 8 years with the organization and leading them to victory at the first ever TI, Dendi will not feature on Na’Vi’s roster. Evgeniy ‘Blizzy’ Ree, once of Vega Squadron, will be part of the new squad too but the team is still searching for their position 4 player, who will join them at their upcoming bootcamp.
Alexander ‘XBOCT’ Dashkevich, once the team’s carry player turned coach will also no longer be there for the new season. The new Na’Vi roster is as follows:
– Vladislav ‘Crystallize’ Krystanek
– Evgeniy ‘Blizzy’ Ree
– Akbar ‘SoNNeikO’ Butaev
We look forward to seeing this new roster find its final member and hope that they will excel in the coming season of the Dota 2 Pro Circuit. It is very sad to see a Natus Vincere without Dendi but we wish him, XBOCT and the rest of the ex-Na’Vi members the best of luck in their future endeavors. We will keep you informed on any and all information on the Na’Vi line-up and the ex-players as we know of it.
— NAVI (@natusvincere) September 1, 2018