Lil joins HellRaisers roster

By Matt DixonOctober 6, 2020
HellRaisers have signed Ilya “Lil” Ilyuk to their Dota roster. Lil recently stood in for VP.Prodigy at OGA Dota PIT Season 3; they claimed an impressive second place against winners Team Secret.
Lil’s claim to fame comes from his time with Virtus.pro with whom he won several tier 1 tournaments. However, they were unable to claim any of the coveted Valve Major titles, despite coming as close as second place at the Kiev Major in 2017. Virtus.pro decided to part ways with Lil then, swapping him out for Vladimir “Rodjer” Nikogosyan who was an up-and-coming position four star.
Since then, Lil’s career has yet to reach the same heights as it did with Virtus.pro. He has bounced between various small teams, never staying for long with any of the teams, including Team Odium, which he formed himself; that lasted just one month before disbanding. Lil had formed a reputation of toxicity and outspokenness, which may have made it increasingly harder for him to find willing team-mates.
Photo credit to ESL | Steffie Wunderl.
Photo credit to ESL | Steffie Wunderl.
His brief stint with VP.Prodigy may have marked a turn-around in his career, as Lil demonstrated he still has what it takes to compete amongst the best of the highly competitive EU/CIS scene. Even if they lost overall, taking a single game from Team Secret was an impressive feat from Lil and VP.P which few can do lately. If Lil can bring out the skill and versatility he demonstrated with VP.Prodigy all those years ago, perhaps he can finally return to his glory days with HellRaisers.
We won’t have to wait long to see, Lil and HellRaisers will be playing in ESL One Germany 2020 immediately. Keep up with all the results using our event hub. Do you think Lil can still compete with the big names? Or is his peak behind him? Let us know on Twitter.
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