Team Empire has signed Rostislav "fn" Lozovoi and Vladimir "Chappie" Kuzmenko to replace Ilya "ALOHADANCE" Korobkin and Sergey "G" Bragin, the organization announced Monday.
ALOHADANCE and G both left Empire in November, though G was transferred to Vega Squadron while ALOHADANCE was removed from the roster due to poor performance. ALOHADANCE is currently playing with F.R.I.E.N.D.S. for the Kiev Major season.
fn comes to Empire from Vega Squadron, which he left in December after the organization failed to qualify for two majors and The International 2016. He has played for Empire before, and briefly played for the team in early 2016 before signing with Vega.
Chappie is a newer player, and comes to the team from Comanche, which he left in October after the team failed to qualify for TI6. He's been standing in for Empire since November, and played two tournaments with Power Rangers in late 2016 as well.
"I could say some default words about how we chose these guys, about atmosphere in our team and about our expectations from this roster," team manager Dimitriy "Korb3n" Belov stated in a press release.
"I could add a couple of sentences like "Welcome to the family!", "Give us some time to find our game," "It's gonna be hard but with your support we can achieve everything" or "We are happy that such strong player like "Username" has joined us"... But it is not going to happen this time — let our results in 2017 speak instead."
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