Team Spirit has added Ilya “Illidan” Pivcaev to the lineup. He will be making his debut in the team during the EPICENTER Moscow qualifiers. Illidan will replace Roman “Ramzes” Kushnarev in the roster, who was recently removed at the same time as Vasily “AfterLife” Shishkin – immediately following their performance at The Shanghai Major. The organization still has not yet announced the fifth and final player in the lineup.
— Team Spirit (@Team__Spirit) March 9, 2016
Team Spirit has added Ilya “Illidan” Pivcaev to the lineup as a replacement for Roman “Ramzes” Kushnarev. He will be competing with the team in the qualifiers for the EPICENTER Moscow qualifiers, set to begin on March 14th.
The first player to replace Roman «RAMZES666» Kushnarev is Ilya Pivtsaev, also known as Illidan. The organization and the team are hoping for a long and fruitful partnership.
Illidan has most recently played for HellRaisers as a trial stand-in, starting early February. Prior to that, he played for Power Rangers after being released from Virtus.Pro in early December – only days before the Shanghai Major roster lock was closed.
Both Ramzes and Vasily “AfterLife” Shishkin were removed from Team Spirit immediately following the team’s run at the Shanghai Major. The CIS team placed 13th-16th overall.
The organization has not revealed the player would be replacing AfterLife as of yet. According to Team Spirit, the announcement is expected by March 15th.
In an interview conducted by Vitalii “V1lat” Volochai at the Shanghai Major, captain Artur “Goblak” Kostenko stated that the team would be trying out several players once they returned from the event.
The Manila Major team registration is now open until March 27th when it will be locked until after The International 6.
Team Spirit roster:
Bogdan “Iceberg” Vasilenko
Andrey “ALWAYSWANNAFLY” Bondarenko
Artur “Goblak” Kostenko
Ilya “Illidan” Pivcaev