Virtus.pro Extends Contracts with their Dota 2 Roster
Even though the current Dota 2 season is not over yet, the Russian esports organization Virtus.pro announced that they have extended the contracts with their line-up for the next competitive season.
Just a week ahead of The International 2018, where Virtus.pro will be one of the favorites to win, the organization decided to extend the contracts with all their Dota 2 players to the end of 2019. It looks like making long-term contracts is VP’s style of doing business – earlier in 2016 they shocked the scene when the organization extended contracts with their Polish CS:GO roster for another four years, which is not typical for the esports industry. Interestingly enough, currently their CS:GO roster already misses two players of the original five.
The current Virtus.pro Dota 2 roster was formed in the end of 2016 and consisted of Roman "RAMZES666" Kushnarev, Vladimir "No[o]ne" Minenko, Pavel "9pasha" Khvastunov, Ilya "Lil" Ilyuk and Alexei "Solo" Berezin. Later in February 2018 Ilya "Lil" Ilyuk was replaced with Vladimir "RodjER" Nikogosyan. This year Virtus.pro were the first team to qualify for The International 2018 and finished the season with the highest amount of Dota Pro Circuit points. The team managed to win four out of nine majors in the season – the team placed first at ESL One Hamburg 2017, ESL One Katowice 2018, The Bucharest Major and ESL One Birmingham 2018.
- Roman "RAMZES666" Kushnarev
- Vladimir "No[o]ne" Minenko
- Pavel "9pasha" Khvastunov
- Vladimir "RodjER" Nikogosyan
- Alexei "Solo" Berezin
- Ivan "Artstyle" Antonov (coach)