Vega Squadron has pulled their players from WESG qualifiers. Four of the members of the team had qualified for the LAN qualifiers under the Ukrainian national team – Cossacks. The the offline regional qualifiers are scheduled to take place in Kiev, Ukraine, October 6-9th. 20 teams were expected to be competing for a piece of the $75,000 prize pool and one of eight spots available in the main event scheduled to take place in China during December.
— Vega Squadron (@VegaSquadron) September 24, 2016
Vega Squadron has announced they have pulled their four players set to compete in the upcoming offline regional qualifiers.
Rostitslav “fn” Lozovoi, Beogdan “Iceberg” Vasilenko, Andrey “Mag~” Chipenko and Semion “CemaTheSlayeR” Krivulya were part of the Ukrainian team Cossacks that qualified for the LAN qualifiers in Kiev. The fifth player for the UA team – Ilya “ALOHADANCE” Korobkin currently plays for Team Empire.
According to the team’s report:
Vega Squadron decided to focus on practicing as a full team during bootcamp in our teamhouse. Vega Squadron is apologizes to the fans and organizers that would like to see our players on LAN finals.
There is no word on if the team will be replaced or by who. Team Ukraine is still set to compete featuring Resolut1on, Dendi, GeneRaL, ALWAYSWANNAFLY, ArtStyle
WESG qualifiers CIS and European teams
- British, Irish and Icelandic Qualifier: XENEX Gaming (meepor, whatsonwater, Mute242, 1cHiGo_, wonka)
- Northern European and Post CIS Qualifier: Paragon eSports (tpecyh4uk1, Lasthero-, PoMaLL1Ka, wejustzik, Palantimos)
- South-Eastern European Qualifier: Team Romania (ComeWithMe, bOne7, Ar1sE, Masakary, iLLusionisT)
- Benelux Qualifier: woof (Wingblade, SingSing, Bushi, SexyBamboe, Seleri)
- Central European Qualifier: NecroRaisers (Mambos, Tipek, craNich, ShapeYourMind, Hssiss)
- Adriatica Qualifier: lvlUP (Chivava, kole, pwN, BAJA, Buktop)
- Swedish Qualifier #1: Horde (Limmp, s4, Solitude, Pablo, Akke)
- Swedish Qualifier #2: Team_Team (Loda, mlCKe, jonassomfan, EGM, Handsken)
- German Qualifier #1: Zero Hoots Given (Jabbz, Chill-, Stormstormer, EDE, HoviteY)
- German Qualifier #2: Germany (qojqva, FATA-, KheZu, Qupe, KuroKy)
- Russian Qualifier #1: Comanche (Chappie, iLTW, XaKoH, Chuvash, Misha)
- Russian Qualifier #2: Fantastic Five (Illidan, Bzz, L0lik_O, rmN-, yol)
- Ukraine Qualifier #1: Ukraine (Resolut1on, Dendi, GeneRaL, ALWAYSWANNAFLY, ArtStyle)
- Ukraine Qualifier #2: WITHDRAWN/TBD
- Danish Qualifier #1: The Imperial (Ace, 13abyKnight, HeStEJoE-RoTTeN, NoiA, Ryze)
- Danish Qualifier #2: Denmark (AngeL, Maelk, Fawh, Solen, MasterRisk)
- Norwegian Qualifier: Zeta Pegasi (SaloiG, jOOOEY, Krisern_GOD_Toxic, Klaze, Blue)
- Polish Qualifier: Alternate aTTaX (Fey, Exotic_Deer, Nisha, eL LisasH, kacor)
- French and Monacan Qualifier: Que la Famille (Tib_, 7ckngMad, Joraal, Cerinn, Sockshka)
- Iberian Qualifier: Butterfly Effect (prodigy_conwar, JIJI, runordie, Argoniur, AcidLemon)
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WESG qualifiers Europe and CIS prize pool
- 1st place — ￥200,000 (~ $30,067)
- 2nd place — ￥120,000 (~ $18,040)
- 3rd place — ￥60,000 (~ $9,020)
- 4th place — ￥40,000 (~ $6,013)
- 5th-8th place — ￥20,000 (~ $3,006)
(+ tickets to the WESG Global Grand Finals for the top eight teams)
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 had been competing in less of the premier and major events and 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.
At the end of August, Vega completed their lineup with Bogdan “Iceberg” Vasilenko in the mid lane role. Earlier in August it was revealed that Fng would be joining the organization following the complete dissolution of Virtus.Pro.
Vega Squadron roster:
Semen “Cema” Krivulya
Rostislav “fn” Lozovoi
Artsiom “Fng” Barshak
Andrey “Mag” Chipenko
Bogdan “Iceberg” Vasilenko