TI8 Profile: Virtus.Pro The Russian Bear

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Most of this Virtus.pro lineup has been together now for almost two year, with only one roster change happening in February when VP traded traded Ilya ‘Lil’ Ilyuk to Na’vi for Vladimir ‘RodjER’ Nikogosyan.

Over the course of the two years, the Russian organization has created a masterpiece in the Dota 2 scene —their playstyle, personalities, and presence are a work of art that amazes fans around the world. You can’t help but to stop and stare in awe as they take the battleground and stage.

Although VP didn’t seem to have the best start in the DPC season. They tripped in the first event they
participated in — PGL Open Bucharest, failing to get through the qualifiers. Maybe it was the hit that interrupted the calmly sleeping bear and awoke the Russian beast . They quickly bounced back for the third DPC event which was the first major
of the season — ESL One Hamburg Major. It was here, in Germany that the Russian giants took the first of several ESL titles and set the stage for things to come as they continued to monopolize all of the ESL Majors following as well — ESL One Katowice and ESL One Birmingham, not to mention the MVP Mercedes E class rewards.

Throughout the season they managed to surpass all expectations, taking the first major title of 2017 and 2018, becoming the first team to seize two consecutive major titles, and were the first team to stake a claim of a TI8 direct invite in the middle of the season, long before any other team was able to secure their place.

Despite having secured their position, the team refused to back down. Instead, they charged forward even harder finishing the season with a total of 12,372 qualifying points. That is almost 3000 points more than Team Liquid who was next in line.

Team VP Roster :
Russia Roman “Ramzes666” Kushnarev
Ukraine Vladimir “No[o]ne” Minenko
Russia Pavel “9pasha” Khvastunov
Russia Vladimir “rodjER” Nikogosyan
Russia Alexei “Solo” Berezin

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