Posted 3rd November 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – Top-tier CIS organization Vega Squadron acquires European squad Team Lithium as a new part of the team. Squadron has never had a non-CIS Dota 2 roster until the signing, so the surprising move is a first for the organization.
According to George “drAmer” Faleev, the team’s sports director, the plans for the merge started months ago, but it was only before DreamHack that the plans pushed through. He added: “We’ve been aiming for Europe or North America looking for opportunities to enter the international pro-scene for quite a while already. We’ve been talking to Lithium guys back in August, but we didn’t finish our negotiations and had to forget about the “window to Europe” idea for a bit… I hope that our cooperation will productive and long-term. This roster includes both experienced players and young talents, but they’re all united with one thing – they are eager to work and win.”
The new Vega Squadron roster made their 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit season debut at the DreamLeague Season 10 Minor last October 29. They played the Minor with Danil “Dendi” Ishutin standing in for Anas “Mage-” due to undisclosed circumstances. The new players competing under the Vega Squadron banner are as follows:
Vega Squadron is mostly known for their Starcraft II, Hearthstone, and Heroes of Storm teams before they focused on competitive Dota 2 in 2015. They’re one of the few teams that didn’t make roster changes after The International 2015 despite their disappointing run. They won their first big LAN tournament after the big competition in the form of ESL One New York 2015. Some of their most notable performances include the Starladder Imba TV Invitational Season 5, WCA2016 EU Main Qualifier, and Global Grand Masters.
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