The long awaited and much anticipated Na’Vi finalized roster has been revealed. The first surprise to fans was the addition of three European players. Welcoming Per Anders Olsson “Pajkatt” Lille to the captain role, fans will be delighted to see the Swedish player’s return to competitive play. Roman “rmN-” Paley and Malthe “Biver” Winther have been transferred from their current contracted teams to round out the support duo roles and bring together a new flavor to the club.
— Natus Vincere (@natusvincere) December 27, 2016
The Na’Vi finalized roster has been revealed – and contains a few surprises!
Last month Natus Vincere bid farewell to three of their players – Dmitry “Ditya Ra” Minenkov, Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev and Ivan “ArtStyle” Antonov. The new Na’Vi team would then be rebuilt around Danil “Dendi” Ishutin and Victor “GeneRaL” Nigrini.
About 6 weeks later, the legendary organization has completed their interviews and trials – and finalized their long awaited roster.
The organization has decided to complete their lineup with a mix of CIS and Europeans – selecting Per Anders Olsson “Pajkatt” Lille, Malthe “Biver” Winther and Roman “rmN-” Paley.
I am happy to welcome the guys in our organization. We slightly changed the approach in the scouting. Our main focus was to create positive and yet professional atmosphere in the team. I am sure this will give us a chance to take a different look at the training process and further team building .
No matter what, there’s a hard way before us and we place our hope on our fans. It is your support that gives us extra power and motivation.
– Igor “caff” Sydorenko – Manager of Natus Vincere Dota 2 roster
Traditionally the organization has been primarily a CIS filled player club. This will be the first time that the majority of players hail from Europe. The departure from their norm demonstrates the level of commitment and willingness Natus Vincere has taken to attain drastically different results for this next year.
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Per Anders Olsson “Pajkatt” Lille began his career with DotA in 2009, playing with the likes of KuroKy and Puppey and with Fear, ComeWithMe, Lacoste in OK.Nirvana.int. He transitioned with the team to Dota 2 in 2011 in time for The International 1, finishing 7-8th place. He played on notable teams such as Evil Geniuses, Counter Logic Gaming, LGD International and Alliance – as well as several grassroots teams such as team tinker, 4CL and Mamas Boys. Although he has been absent from playing in the competitive scene for the last 9 months, he most recently was the coach for Digital Chaos – leading the North American based squad to a second place victory at TI6.
Roman “rmN-” Paley is mostly known as a player for the German team Goomba. He started his career with DotA and made the transition to Dota 2 with the GosuGamers team in 2011. His career has been littered with a string of lesser known teams building up to his finale stints with Elements Pro Gaming, Power Rangers and most recently Fantastic Five. Although he is living in Germany, he knows Russian and could be a great balance and fit, bridging the CIS players with the two new European players.
Malthe “Biver” Winther is a relative newcomer compared to his two European counterparts. The 20 year old transitioned from HoN only 2 years ago. During his short career, he played for London Conspiracy for six months but was out with a hand injury towards the end. After his recovery, he was picked up by Prodota Gaming in July, where he has been since – making a name for himself and gaining more experience.
After finalizing their roster in February, 2016, with the addition of Viktor “GeneRaL” Nigrini, Na’Vi began to surge forward with positive results.
The Ukrainian team went on to gain some commendable results and managed to secure their first championship title in two years at SLTV iLeague StarSeries, after besting Team Secret, 3:1, on July 25, 2016.
Despite a 13th-16th place finish at The International 6, the organization decided to give the Dota 2 team another chance and keep the roster intact. Last month, Na’Vi hobbled through the Boston Major qualifiers and ultimately failed to secure a spot at the upcoming Dota 2 Major.
Na’Vi finalized roster:
Danil “Dendi” Ishutin
Per Anders Olsson “Pajkatt” Lille
Malthe “Biver” Winther
Roman “rmN-“ Paley
Viktor “GeneRaL” Nigrini