One day after announcing Alexander “DKPhobos” Kucheria’s return to ASUS.Polar, Natus Vincere confirms more changes for the Dota 2 squad. Former Natus Vincere players Funn1k and Artstyle make a comeback, SoNNeikO gets validated as an official team member and Vanskor becomes inactive. The NaVi reshuffle string hits 6 changes in less than two months.
— Natus Vincere (@natusvincere) April 5, 2015
One day after reporting the departure of Alexander “DKPhobos” Kucheria, Na’Vi announced their new roster to include the return of two previous members: Gleb “Funn1k” Lipatnikov and Ivan “ArtStyle” Antonov. Along with the addition of the two players, Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev now becomes an official member, while Ivan “Vanskor” Skorohod has grown “inactive”.
According to the organization’s release:
The hard-laner Gleb “Funn1k” Lipatnikov returns to the team. Furthermore, the legendary captain, the person who led the squad to the first place at The International 2011, Ivan “ArtStyle” Antonov, joins Natus Vincere as a member player. It is Ivan, who will take the position of the captain and will manage draft. Club Natus Vincere sincerely believes in the “transformation” of Ivan to a successful leader of Na’Vi.Dota 2, as Ivan has all the characteristics necessary for the leader. The club is ready to facilitate Ivan in this transformation.
Funn1k had only recently left the team, on February 13, allegedly in order to take a step back from competitive gaming. Artstyle began his career with Na’Vi in 2011, attending The International 2011, where the Ukrainians went undefeated until the grand finals against E-Home, taking the series 3-1, the first TI championship title and the $1,000,000 prize money. Artsyle retired in 2012 for almost two years before returning to competitive play.
The newly reformed squad will begin bootcamp training immediately in Kiev, Ukraine.
NaVi reshuffle scorecard, February 13 – April 5
OUT (February 13) Funn1k
IN (March 9) DKPhobos
OUT (March 25) Goblak
IN (March 25) SoNNeikO (stand-in)
OUT (April 4) DKPhobos
IN (April 5) Funn1k
IN (April 5) ArtStyle
IN (April 5) SoNNeikO (official member)
OUT (April 5) Vanskor (inactive)
Natus Vincere current roster:
Ivan “ArtStyle” Antonov (captain)
Gleb “Funn1k” Lipatnikov
Daniil “Dendi” Ishutin
Alexander “XBOCT” Dashkevich
Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev
Ivan “Vanskor” Skorohod (inactive/emergency player)