A new Natus Vincere Dota 2 roster has formed after a season of scandals.
According to the team’s official Dota Pro Circuit registration, a new Na’Vi lineup has been confirmed. The squad includes several famed Eastern European players including Vladimir “No[o]ne” Minenko and Alexey “Solo” Berezin.
It also brings the unexpected return of offlaner Viktor “GeneRaL” Nigrini. In the wake of Team Spirit’s $18,208,300 championship at TI10, the CIS region is gearing up for a competitive 2022 season. The new Na’Vi could be a very serious contender.
Assuming the five registered players stick together until the DPC season, Natus Vincere’s Dota 2 roster is as follows.
No coach has been announced for the new team. Pavel “9pasha” Khvastunov is still signed to Natus Vincere but is currently listed as inactive.
The core duo of V-Tune and No[o]ne promises to be a very strong combo. Safe lane carry V-Tune is currently ranked 18 on the region’s MMR leaderboard and had a breakout year in 2020.
No[o]ne was poached from AS Monaco Gambit for The International 10 qualifiers, but the squad failed at fifth place. Despite that poor performance, the midlaner is still a feared name in Eastern Europe. Solo rounds out the new Natus Vincere roster as captain. He was the mastermind behind Virtus.pro’s five DPC major championships.
The most surprising addition is offlaner GeneRaL. He stood at the center of a Na’Vi roster scandal earlier this year when he was unexpectedly kicked out after two successful tournaments. The tight-knit team voted him out to play with Roman “RAMZES666” Kushnarev. The team’s stability will be something to watch as the season progresses.
The new Natus Vincere roster will probably debut as a serious contender in the next Dota Pro Circuit season. The core duo represents an extreme late-game threat, and Solo is one of the most successful captains to emerge from Eastern Europe. Even GeneRaL himself was considered a top player before his surprise kick.
The Eastern European region was generally considered one of the weaker scenes before The International 2021. The region only had two representatives at TI10, and Team Spirit knocked Virtus.pro out of contention in the lower bracket quarterfinals. Now the reigning world champions of Dota 2, Team Spirit will enter 2022 as a clear favorite for the DPC season. Natus Vincere and Virtus.pro will be the foremost contenders for the podium.