Legendary Ukrainian organization Natus Vincere has parted ways with their Dota 2 squad, including long-time members Danil “Dendi” Ishutin and Alexander “XBOCT” Dashkevich, both whom have been with the organization since 2010.
— Natus Vincere (@natusvincere) October 16, 2015
UPDATE (October 20): Danil “Dendi” Ishutin and Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev will remain with the organization. The new Na’Vi team will be built around Dendi and Sonneiko, who will recruit the other players themselves. Learn more here.
The end of an era has darkened the hearts of fans around the world, as Na’Vi have officially released information regarding the status and future of their Dota 2 squad, putting to rest much speculation that has started to circulate in the last few days.
After the protracted series of failures of our team, we have to take measures and with hard feelings fully disband the squad. On behalf of all the fans and Na`Vi staff I express gratitude to the guys for their work and emotions, which they’ve granted to us all the time. However, sooner or later, the time of old heroes passes. The fate gives us new challenges, which we need to accept and prove that Na`Vi is a team of champions.
– Igor “caff” Sydorenko, Natus Vincere’s COO
With the team failing to qualify for the Frankfurt Major, the organization has decided to let go of the entire Dota 2 squad. The Ukrainian organization will be making a few more announcements regarding a new Dota 2 line-up and are committed to continuing with a Dota 2 team in the near future. The news eludes to the return of some familiar faces in the scene and encourages fans to continue to check the website for all of the most accurate information forthcoming.
There has been no additional information on the future of the former Natus Vincere players, their plans or status at this time.
Na’Vi Dota 2
Natus Vincere did not receive a TI5 direct invite this year, due to their numerous recent roster changes and inconsistent performances. The Ukrainian team had always been an ever present fixture at the event, seizing first place at The International 1, second place at TI2 and TI3 and eighth place at TI4. Determined to not miss a year and break tradition, Na’Vi gave it their all to gain access for the fifth time. Natus Vincere bested Vega Squadron, 3:1, in the TI5 European Qualifier grand finals and earned their TI5 spot.
However, they had a disappointing performance at TI5, where they came in 14th, after being knocked out of contention on the very first day of the main event.
Despite the sub-par year the team has had, the Ukrainian organization only replaced Ivan “ArtStyle” Antonov – who was released on August 26th – while Daniil “Dendi” Ishutin, Alexander “XBOCT” Dashkevich, Alexander “XBOCT” Dashkevich and Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev remained on the Na’Vi new roster for the upcoming season.
The new roster failed to qualify for the Frankfurt Major. Natus Vincere didn’t make it through the group stage and finished last in their group, with a total of 2 points, after two draws and two losses.
Read our in-depth profile: Natus Vincere in better shape, look to make comeback at TI5
Na’Vi former roster:
Andrew “PSM” Dunaev
Gleb “Funn1k” Lipatnikov
Daniil “Dendi” Ishutin
Alexander “XBOCT” Dashkevich
Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev