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Lil, XBOCT headline Virtus.pro's preliminary Dota 2 roster

by theScore Staff Jul 31 2016
Thumbnail image courtesy of Helena Kristiansson / ESL ONE Frankfurt (Dota2) / ESL Flickr

With Na`Vi being the only CIS team participating in The International 6, the CIS roster shuffle is in full swing and Virtus.pro have announced a preliminary Dota 2 roster full of recognizable names.

Joining Ilya "Lil" Ilyuk and Sergei "G" Bragin are Vladimir "No[o]ne" Minenko, Alexander "XBOCT" Dashkevich and Alexey "Solo" Berezin.

With that said, Virtus.pro have not committed to signing these players yet, instead making this possibly the most public tryout ever.

"In fact, we're still discussing the possibility of creating such a roster," said VP's CEO Anton "Sneg1" Cherepennikov, adding, "Everything can change in any moment."

Virtus.pro disbanded their Dota 2 team in late June following a disappointing showing in The International regional qualifiers in which they didn't make it out of the group stage. The team's results have been trending downward ever since their impressive 5th-6th place finish at TI5, culminating in them missing The Manila Major.

ESL One Frankfurt was the organization's last LAN, which they attended after LGD Gaming dropped out at the last minute. In that tournament, they played without Ilya "ALOHADANCE" Korobkin, who did not have a visa. Escape Gaming's Maurice "KheZu" Gutmann served as a substitute for the team, but they lost both of their group stage matches and were quickly eliminated from the tournament.

G is the only player remaining from the recently disbanded lineup. Lil had joined VP alongside G early in 2015, but was dropped in March and joined Polarity.

After being dropped by Na`Vi, a team he played on for five years, XBOCT has been bouncing around the CIS scene without finding anywhere to call home. He's been on Team Empire, Fantastic Five and Team Spirit since leaving Na`Vi.

No[o]ne and Solo were long-time members of Vega Squadron. No[o]ne has been with the team since November 2014, while Solo joined in April 2015. During that time, the team took their surprising LAN victory at ESL One New York 2015, defeating EG and Team Secret just after TI5.

Annabelle "Abelle" Fischer is a writer for theScore esports with a love for Dota 2, birds and cheese. You can follow her adventures at TI6 on Twitter.

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