9pasha Leaves Virtus.pro to Join Natus Vincere, VP Parts Ways with ArsZeeqq
Pavel "9pasha" Khvastunov has left Virtus.pro to join Natus Vincere and replace Evgeniy "Blizzy" Ree. Besides that, Virtus.pro have also parted ways with one of their coaches Arsenij "ArsZeeqq" Usov.
9pasha has been part of Virtus.pro since 2016. Despite the fact that Virtus.pro were one of the leaders of the previous Dota Pro Circuit and favourites of The International 2019, the team failed the expectations and placed 9-12th. In the previous two years the team was able to secure the 5-6th place at the events. ArsZeeqq has been coaching the team for the entire last season, however at The International 2019 the team had a second coach – Anatoly "boolk" Ivanov. Earlier Alexey "Solo" Berezin announced that he would return to the captain role and that the team would undergo significant roster changes.
Yevhen Zolotarov, CEO Natus Vincere, has announced that the addition of 9pasha is the only roster change for the team, meaning that Crystallize, MagicaL, Zayac and SoNNeikO will remain in the team, while Mag will continue to coach the team. As Blizzy still has an active contract with the organization, thus will be benched.
- Vladislav "Crystallize" Krystanek
- Idan "MagicaL" Vardanyan
- Pavel "9pasha" Khvastunov
- Bakyt "Zayac" Emilzhanov
- Akbar "SoNNeikO" Butaev (captain)
- Andrey "Mag" Chipenko (coach)
- Evgeniy "Blizzy" Ree (inactive)
- Roman "RAMZES666" Kushnarev
- Vladimir "No[o]ne" Minenko
- Vladimir "RodjER" Nikogosyan
- Alexey "Solo" Berezin (captain)
- Anatoly "boolk" Ivanov (coach)