Alexander “DKPhobos” Kucheria bounces back to ASUS.Polar, only one month after leaving the team to join Natus Vincere in spite of Polar management’s opposition. The controversial transfer to Na’Vi occurred on March 9, contributing to prolonged instability in ASUS.Polar’s roster. Na’Vi is now down to only three official members, and their reshuffling saga continues, after five reshuffles in less than two months..
DKPhobos replaced Gleb “Funn1k” Lipatnikov, creating controversy as ASUS.Polar reported they had a verbal agreement with DKPhobos and made it clear to him that a transfer to Na’Vi would be out of the question. Despite the static that was caused, Na’Vi paid the withdrawal penalty fees and all contracts were fulfilled. When DKPhobos departed, ASUS.Polar was left with three team members. Virtus.Pro members Vadim “Sedoy” Musorin and Sergey “God” Bragin joined the team as stand-ins, on March 11, when Virtus.Pro dissolved their main squad. Since then, God has become an official member of the team, while Sedoy has been an emergency player. Virtus.Pro states that the desire to re-acquire DKPhobos was mutual between the organization and the player, prompted by the fact that Sedoy allegedly needed some personal time away from competitive gaming.
Alexander “DKPhobos” Kucheria’s statement:
This series of reshuffles was unexpected not only for me, but for the scene overall. And now I’m incredibly happy to greet my ASUS.Polar teammates again. You can look at this situation differently, and I know how it looks from your side. I am sure, that this is the best outcome for both sides. Firstly, I want to thank the organization and team for giving me the second chance and taking me back into the ranks. I also want to say a couple of warm words to Natus Vincere as well: the time I spent with them brought me invaluable experience. And now, we move on.
Virtus.Pro referred to Na’Vi’s poor performances lately as one of the reasons for DKPhobos’ return. In the last month, Na’Vi was eliminated from the Summit 3 qualifiers, dropped to the Lower Brackets of the ESL One qualifiers and finished in fourth place in the Major All Stars Tournament.
Na’Vi and ASUS.Polar reshuffle scorecard
OUT (February 13) Funn1k
IN (March 9) DKPhobos
OUT (March 25) Goblak
IN (March 25) SoNNeikO (stand-in)
OUT (April 4) DKPhobos
OUT (March 9) DKPhobos
IN (March 11) Sedoy
IN (March 11) God
IN (April 4) DKPhobos
Official player (April 4) God
Emergency player (April 4) Sedoy
ASUS.Polar’s current roster
Artem “fng” Barshack
Ilya “Illidan Stormrage” Pivtsaev
Ilya “Lil” Ilyuk
Olexandr “DKPhobos” Kucherya
Sergey “God” Bragin
Vadim “Sedoy” Musorin (Emergency player)
Na’Vi’s current roster
Danil “Dendi” Ishutin
Alexander “XBOCT” Dashkevich
Ivan “Vanskor” Skorokhod
Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev (Stand-in)