Former VP.Prodigy team becomes the official roster

By Steven Rondina


Nov 5, 2020

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The VP.Prodigy team is no more, but there’s a good reason why.

The organization has announced that the developmental squad has been promoted to being the main Dota 2 team. This follows VP.Prodigy finalizing a new roster, made up of the following players:

  1. Egor “epileptick1d” Grigorenko
  2. Danil “gpk” Skutin 
  3. Dmitry “DM” Dorokhin
  4. Vitalie “Save-” Melnic
  5. Illias “illias” Ganeev

“We launched VP.Prodigy roster with one main goal,  to give young talents a chance for development on the pro-scene. This team had already shown some phenomenal results by this moment…By the end of September we faced a tough choice, to once again update our first roster or to invest in VP.Prodigy and put our faith in new blood. Today we transfer the VP.Prodigy squad to our first Dota 2 team,” CEO Sergey Glamazda said in a statement.

This is the second time has made such a move, with the first coming in 2015 with the Polar roster. The former Polar team helped establish VP as a top Dota 2 organization, finishing fifth at The International 2015.

With this, the previous roster is officially disbanded. Former carry player Igor “iLTW” Filatov has begun competing with new team Live To Win. It is unclear whether the other members of the team are still contractually attached to, or if they are now free agents. The previous roster included the following players:

  1. Igor “iLTW” Filatov
  2. Vladimir “No[o]ne” Minenko
  3. Roman “Resolut1on” Fominok
  4. Bakyt “Zayac” Emilzhanov
  5. Alexey “Solo” Berezin

This is great news for the VP.Prodigy roster, as the team was one of the bigger surprises of the online league era. VP.Prodigy posted a number of strong placements during this time, winning the Epic Prime League and reaching the grand finals of the WePlay! Pushka League. 

The team suffered from being a secondary squad for, as it was unable to compete in a number of events due to rules that prevented organizations from sending multiple teams to the same tournament. This saw the team play sparingly after May, competing in just a few tournaments while VP prioritized its primary roster. Now recognized as the true roster, the team should be in line to become much more active.