Vega Squadron parts ways with both Artyom “Fng” Barshak and Bogdan “Iceberg” Vasylenko. The two players were brought in during August in effort to revitalize the team but fell short of their goal this season. Two replacement players have been picked up by the team but not yet revealed. There has been no word on the future status and plans for either Fng and Iceberg.
— Vega Squadron (@VegaSquadron) November 13, 2016
I would like to thank guys for playing in our team. I should make a note: I have nothing bad to say about their discipline and progress, they just were not able to become one team with Rostislav, Andrey and Semen.
– CEO Vega Squadron, Alexey Kondakov
Kondakov’s blog pointed to areas that impeded the team’s ability to progress. He indicated that two players did fit within the model and structure of Vega Squadron’s philosophy and approach and would be leaving the team.
Can’t say that Artyom and Bogdan were the worst. Actually, everyone deserves equal amount of criticism here, but a team can only fit 5 players, and changes are necessary.
I wish them best and hope that our roads will cross again someday. Both players are professionals and their approach satisfied our team. The new roster is completed and once the contracts are signed, you’ll hear the names of our newcomers
-Vega Squadron, Georgy “drAmer” Faleev
The organization has put very high hopes and expectations on their new additions and are aiming to see dramatic improvements in results. The replacements will be identified in the near future.
Vega Squadron will be attending WCA 2016 in China during December with the new roster.
At the end of August, Vega completed their lineup with Bogdan “Iceberg” Vasilenko in the midlane role. Earlier in August, it was revealed that Fng would be joining the organization following the complete dissolution of Virtus.Pro.
The new additions and changes were unable to achieve desired results.
Vega Squadron took 6th in the group stage of Boston Major Qualifiers with a 4:5 record and 6th place in DreamLeague with a 6:8 record failing to advance in both. They also took a disappointing 9-12th finish in the ESL One Genting 2017 qualifiers, being knocked out in Round 12 by Fantastic Five.
Vega Squadron roster:
Semen “Cema” Krivulya
Rostislav “fn” Lozovoi
Andrey “Mag” Chipenko