A few days ago, Na’Vi announced four players from their new Dota 2 roster and for the first time in years, Dendi was nowhere to be seen on the list. However with just four players announced, there was hope that Dendi could come back to the yellow and black colors of Na’Vi in the form of a support or coach. But that door was firmly closed today when Na’Vi finalized their roster for the 2018-2019 season with Evgenii ‘Chuvash’ Makarov to fill in the position 4 role.
Andrey ‘Mag’ Chipenko will be the coach of the team, which means Alexander ‘XBOCT’ Dashkevich’s stint as the Na’VI voach is over, atleast for now.. The complete roster looks something like this:
Vladyslav ‘Crystallize’ Krystanek (Position 1)
Idan ‘MagicaL’ Vardanian (Position 2)
Evgenii ‘Blizzy’ Ri (Position 3)
Evgenii ‘Chuvash’ Makarov (Position 4)
Akbar ‘SoNNeikO’ Butaev (Captain, Position 5)
Andrey ‘Mag’ Chipenko (Coach)
The day has come, ladies and gents! We are extremely glad to announce that our new Dota 2 roster is complete! Please, welcome them 💛🖤
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— Natus Vincere (@natusvincere) September 7, 2018
Chuvash isn’t the most well-known player from the CIS region. Most recently, he had a three month stint with Team Empire with whom he played in the CIS TI8 Qualifiers. Coach Mag, on the other hand, is a well-known veteran of the CIS region. He has played with over 10 professional teams in his eight year long career, the most promising of which were his two years with Vega Squadron. Crystallize is the only player from last seasons team that keeps his place, and deservedly so. SoNNeikO did leave the team for a while, but hasn’t that happened before?!
This isn’t the end of the road for Dendi though. The crowd favorite did announce he was still looking to compete and was looking for a team.
Guys I am not retiring from dota. Looking for team/players. Thanks for warm words ❤️
— Danil Ishutin (@DendiBoss) September 3, 2018
Na’Vi has always been associated with Dendi since the start of professional Dota 2. The names just go together and it feels weird even to think that Danil ‘Dendi’ Ishutin will no longer be with Natus Vincere. But with time, things have to change. The roster was not doing too well in recent seasons, failing to qualify for the last two editions of The International championships (TI7 and TI8). This new roster will first be tested in the qualifiers for the first set of DPC Major and Minor starting at the end of September. But with Dendi gone, the big question to be asked is, will Na’Vi still receive the unconditional love and support they have throughout the years or has that privilege been washed away with the great Dendi?!