Zeus rejoins Na`Vi, seized returns to active roster

by theScore Staff Aug 9 2017
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Fresh off of leading Gambit Gaming to their first Major victory, Daniil "Zeus" Teslenko has returned to Natus Vincere to captain the team once again, the organization announced Wednesday.

"Seven days ago, I would have said that Dania’s transfer to Na`Vi was impossible," Na`Vi CEO Yevhen Zolotarov said in a statement. "Nevertheless, the situation is constantly changing and life provides unexpected opportunities. I am proud that the legend is back to the club."

Zeus originally left Na`Vi in October after playing with the organization since 2009, joining Gambit shortly after. In addition to winning the PGL Major Kraków 2017, Zeus led Gambit to victories at DreamHack Winter 2016 and DreamHack Austin 2017.

In his own statement, Zeus said that he left Gambit after the team decided to kick their coach Mykhailo "Kane" Blagin, despite Zeus stating that he would leave the team along with him.

"During the last 6 months our team has experienced disagreements and issues," Zeus said. "But overlooking those difficulties, we came to our wins together. But at this stage the guys decided to kick our coach Kane, even with the condition that I will leave with him. Misha Kane is a man who I've worked and been friends with a long time, a man who taught me and helped me get through last years kick from Na'Vi, and a man who helped us win the major. But the team thinks otherwise, overlooking my experience in this situation and my attempts at saving the roster."

Kane has subsequently joined Na`Vi as their new coach, replacing Andrey "Andi" Prokhorov in the process. Na`Vi have offered Andi a position as analyst with the organization, but he is open to coaching offers from other organizations.

In addition, Denis "seized" Kostin has been moved back to Na`Vi's active roster after originally stepping down from the roster on July 28.

Na`Vi's new roster is as follows:

  • Daniil "Zeus" Teslenko
  • Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev
  • Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev
  • Egor "flamie" Vasilev
  • Denis "seized" Kostin
  • Mykhailo "Kane" Blagin (coach)

Preston Dozsa is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.