Posted 17th May 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – Premiere Ukrainian team Natus Vincere has been claiming spots and titles for the past few months with its solid player combination but recently, the team was forced to withdraw from participating in ESL One Birmingham due to roster changes involving Nikola “LeBronDota” Popović and Russian player Fedor “velheor” Rusikhin.
Despite having 1199 points and being ranked 10 in the Dota Pro Circuit Ranking, the team risked a player and changed their lineup three months before The International for future improvements on DotA 2 tournaments. The official Twitter account of Natus Vincere posted last Monday, May 14 the statement: “We are introducing the changes to dota 2 roster. Please, welcome our new support Fedor “velheor” Rusikhin! A massive shout-out to @LeBronDoTa for being a part of us and GL&HF further!”
According to Igor “caff” Sydorenko, Natus Vincere’s DotA 2 Team Manager, they have unanimously decided to replace LebronDota and withdraw from the Birmingham event due to visa issues. Their new team is actually gathering for a short bootcamp in Kyiv and China in preparation for the Supermajor and other major events. Regardless, critics and fans claim that the move has cost them any chances of winning The International Season 8.
Fedor “velheor” Rusikhin, the new Natus Vincere Russian Player, is slowly making his way to the top of the professional gaming scene. Aside from DotA, he is known to be a true CIS pub star with participations in local LAN tournaments mostly played in Saint Petersburg, Russia. In 2016, he successfully ranked second place at the Rusian e-Sports Cup under Cascade team and at the same event in 2017, he placed 6th/7th place under the Mad Dogs team. Interestingly, the most recent achievement of Velheor was being part of the Slozhniy Memas2, the team who defeated Natus Vincere in the group stage of MDL Changsha Major CIS Qualifier.
Lil will move into the position 5 role while Velheor assumes the fourth position, the complete Natus Vincere DotA 2 lineup is as follows:
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