Natus Vincere drops three players from roster

By Chelsea JackSeptember 18, 2020
In a statement today, Natus Vincere has announced they are benching three of their Dota 2 players and the team's coach.
Vladyslav “Crystallize” Krystanek, Pavel “9pasha” Khvastunov, and Nikita “young G” Bochko will be sidelined while the organization auditions new players. The statement indicated that Na'vi will audition players "in tournament conditions," which means we should expect to see potential new members soon.
Natus Vincere COO, Alexey "xaoc" Kucherov, said in the statement that he agrees, "with the fans of the club, who want radical changes." He indicates that restructuring the roster will not be an immediate process, but instead take time over the months ahead.
Of the benched players, 9pasha may be the most surprising. Prior to joining Natus Vincere, the offlaner was part of the CIS-dominant Virtus.pro roster. That squad stuck together with the same players for three years, and placed first and then second in the first two Dota Pro Circuit seasons (2017-18, 2018-19). When Virtus.pro's roster broke up in September 2019, the players leaving the organization were in demand.
Of the other two benched competitors, carry Crystallize had been with Natus Vincere since September 2017, while young G, a mid player, had only joined the squad in late June 2020. Coach Andrey "Mag" Chipenko is also leaving the organization.
Natus Vincere retains their support players, Alexander "immersion" Hmelevskoy and Illias "illias" Ganeev.
For the moment, it seems Natus Vincere will retain all of these players on contract, but this sort of roster change typically has ripples across the scene (as we are seeing in China). We look forward to seeing who Natus Vincere auditions and where their benched players eventually land.
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