The Ukrainian organization has unveiled the replacement for Akbar "SoNNeikO" Butaev. His spot in the team has been given to Illias "illias" Ganeev, announced on NAVI’s official website.
Before that, Illias had never been on a professional Dota 2 line-up. Natus Vincere will be the first serious challenge in his career. Now, Ganeev is on the 5th place in the ladder of the best supports in Europe.
At the previous The International, NAVI finished the tournament on the 13-16th place, securing a $514,951 paycheck. Later, they won WePlay! Reshuffle Madness but failed to qualify for MDL Chengdu Major. As a result, the management decided to bench SoNNeikO, while the role of captain was taken over by Bakyt "Zayac" Emilzhanov.
The renewed roster of Natus Vincere in Dota 2:
- Vladyslav "Crystallize" Krystanek
- Idan "MagicaL" Vardanian
- Pavel "9pasha" Khvastunov
- Bakyt "W_Zayac" Emilzhanov
- Illias "illias" Ganeev
- Andrey "Mag" Chipenko (coach)
The CIS squad will be back in action in the upcoming qualifiers for the second Major of the current Dota Pro Circuit season, which are set to run on December 1-6. After that, NAVI will travel to World Pro Invitational in Singapore, as they were invited to compete in this event. It will be organized by PGL and ONE Esports on December 17-22, offering a $500,000 prize pool.