Team Empire is down to three players on their current roster. Sergey “G” Bragin has parted ways with the team, two weeks after Ilya “ALOHADANCE” Korobkin. Both players were added only two months ago for the Fall Major 2016 season. Team Empire has continued to struggle to reach desired achievements and results and will look to rebuild again for the next major season. No word has been given by the organization on replacements as of yet.
— Team Empire (@team_empire) November 24, 2016
Team Empire is back down to two players before the end of the fall Dota 2 major season.
Only two weeks ago, it was announced that Ilya “ALOHADANCE” Korobkin had departed from the team. Now, it is Sergey “G” Bragin that has parted ways.
For the new Fall Major 2016 season, Team Empire began to rebuild their squad around their two remaining players Yaroslav “Miposhka” Naidenov and Rinat “KingR” Abdullin. The first addition was with Andry “Ghostik” Kadyk – who had been playing with the team already for several weeks at that point and was finalized with the addition of G and ALOHADANCE.
In the TI6 reshuffle, starting early August – Roman “Ramzes666” Kushnarev, the young star of Team Empire moved to Virtus.Pro and Roman “Scandal” Sadotenkov was removed from the roster earlier in July.
The team had since struggled to make any progress – including falling short in the Boston Major open qualifiers.
Empire drew much criticism and attention during the Dota Pit Season 5 CIS qualifiers finals when the series was delayed approximately four hours as VP waited for them to finish their run in the Boston Major EU open qualifiers #2. When Empire was then eliminated in Round of 32 by ATN, they then registered for the Boston Major NA open qualifiers #2 starting five minutes later – for another shot to compete in a closed qualifier. Their decision resulted in a defwin 3:0 to VP, however shortly after the Empire seemed to change their mind and switched to participating in the finals. Virtus.Pro were given a one game defwin for Empire missing the first match and ended up sweeping Empire up in the next two games for the 3:0 victory.
The team’s accomplishments for events for the season was taking 3-4th place in FACEIT Invitational and 2nd in the ProDotA Cup Europe #11.
Current Team Empire roster
Yaroslav “Miposhka” Naidenov
Rinat “KingR” Abdullin
Andry “Ghostik” Kadyk