Posted 13th October 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – For the second time around, Natus Vincere and HellRaisers team up for the national World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) 2018 qualifier, the third season of the international Esports championship tournament by Alisports – the sports branch of Alibaba Group and a top partner of the Olympic Games.
The combined team of Na’Vi and HellRaisers features 4 of 5 of the roster that won last year’s WESG Europe And CIS Regional Finals in Barcelona, with Yegor “markeloff” Markelov filling the spot of Kirill “ANGE1” Karasiow. ANGE1 was initially part of that team but had to be replaced by markeloff as HellRaisers needed to compete in Minsk for the FCDB Cup–an event with the same date as the WESG qualifier. Succeeding the mishap, all Ukraine players then ended up skipping the main event as Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev of Na’VI, a top player, decided not to travel to China, citing health issues and exhaustion. Na’Vi opted against fielding a stand-in.
The Ukrainian WESG Finals takes place in Kiev on December 21 and runs until the 23rd in Kiev. There will be a total of four teams, two invited and two qualified. All will complete for a spot at the WESG main event which will be held in March 2019.
Team Ukraine, powered by Na’Vi and Hell Raisers, is expected to compete in the WESG qualifier with the following roster:
Natus Vincere is one of the leading multi-game esports organizations in Ukraine, consistently dominating the CIS region with Virtus.Pro and Gambit Esports. It is the first team in the CS:GO history to win three major tournaments in one calendar year: Intel Extreme Masters, Electronic Sports World Cup, and World Cyber Games 2010. In Dota 2 competitive scene, they are best known for their results from The International 2011 to The International 2014, in which they won 20 premier events and made it to the finals of 3 consecutive Internationals.
HellRaisers is a European esports organization with teams in CSGO, Dota 2, and Hearthstone. Their debut Dota 2 roster was revealed on 29 August 2014, consisting of players from the team Relax. Last year, the team signed contracts with the Planet Dog players, allowing them to take second place at the European qualifier and earn a spot in The International 2017.
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