Legendary Dota team Na’Vi reveals new roster
Ukrainian Dota 2 powerhouse Natus Vincere (Na’Vi) has just released their brand new team roster. The new lineup sees the return of famous Na’Vi veteran Danil “Dendi” Ishutin in the mid position, as well as Ivan “ArtStyle” Antonov as the team captain, Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev in the support role, and brand new players Dmitry “Ditya-Ra” Minenkov as the carry, and Victor “GeneRaL” Nigrini as the offlaner.
The team was originally disbanded back in October 2015 after failing to qualify for the Frankfurt Major, with Danil “Dendi” Ishutin and Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev left with the task of assembling a new roster.
Na’vi is best known as the dominant Dota 2 team from 2011-2013, which saw them win gold at the first International, take silver in 2012 and 2013, as well as numerous 1st-3rd place finishes in other premier tournaments. Since then, however, they have struggled to regain their glory amidst many roster changes and disappointing performances.
Na’Vi’s team manager had the following to say about the announcement:
I am happy that we finally can stop looking for an optimal roster and focus on achieving our long-term goals. Now, we can plan effective practice and step by step, with the help of bootcamps and tournaments, develop our skills, work on our plays and improve the level of team communication. You must agree that it’s hard to show your true potential when you don’t know who’ll be playing beside you tomorrow. I guess, this state of uncertainty was worse than a series of losses and misfortunes. I am sure that not only players, but also all others were tired of it.
Nowadays, we have a favorable working environment. We perfectly understand what to work on and what to develop. Soon the players will gather together for their first bootcamp as a team, then travel to their first LAN, and hopefully, will be able to show their best. During these last 3 weeks, this lineup has demonstrated that its potential is huge and now it is capable of outplaying each and every opponent. Today we have practically everything to achieve the highest goals; it’s just a matter of time and effort.
With their roster set, the team hopes to rise back to the top of the Dota 2 competitive scene step by step. Their first official test will be season 4 of the Dota Pit league, taking place on March 19-20 in Split, Croatia.