The post TI6 shuffle has been slow to start, mostly fueled by speculation and rumors. The CIS region has been the first to make their moves with announcements by Virtus.Pro followed by Vega Squadron in domino effect early August. After Alexey “Solo” Berezin and Vladimir “No[O]ne” Minenko move to VP, Artsiom “Fng” Barshak joins the Vega Squadron roster.
Vega roster for new season should look like: fn!, Mag, CemaTheSlayer, Fng +1#onlyvega
— Vega Squadron (@VegaSquadron) August 5, 2016
As the TI6 post shuffle has yet to officially begin, CIS region had begun their roster recycling earlier in August.
Virtus.Pro had announced their new ‘preliminary’ roster to include two players from Vega Squadron – Alexey “Solo” Berezin and Vladimir “No[O]ne” Minenko.
On June 30th, Sneg1 had dissolved the entire Virtus.Pro roster after the team’s lamentable track record this season and failure to qualify for The International 6.
Now Vega Squadron has picked up talented drafter and captain Artsiom “Fng” Barshak to help breathe new life back into Vega and bring them improved results.
Their last position remains open at this time.
Vega Squadron surprised many when they surged forward, showing strong performances in the TI5 European qualifiers and grabbing the Wild Card Series slot for the biggest tournament of the year. Although they failed to advance in the main event of TI5, the squad remained committed to each other and did not fall victim to post-TI roster changes.
They managed to upset TI5 champions Evil Geniuses in a clean 2:0 sweep and cruised to the ESL One New York grand finals to defeat Team Secret, 2:1, and claim the championship title. When it came time for teams to make roster changes for the following season, Vega remained committed to each other once again, but without enjoying much success the CIS team made their first roster changes since before TI5 at the end of March.
The team has been competing in less of the premier and major events and most recently Vega rose up to the occasion and grabbed third place in the Game Show Global Esports Cup and 5th-6th at Starladder iLeague Invitational. Their most recent notable result was 3-4th at ESL One Frankfurt 2016.
Vega Squadron roster:
Semen “Cema” Krivulya
Rostislav “fn” Lozovoi
Artsiom “Fng” Barshak
Andrey “Mag” Chipenko