Na'Vi: Flashback and Road to The International 2015


The best time of the year” as Valve’s CEO Gabe Newell would say, is soon approaching. The International, bigger than ever, is closing in at a fast pace with an enormous prize pool expected to be more than $15 million USD, setting an all time high for eSports. This has of course caused an expected amount of shuffling around in team rosters to prepare the strongest line-ups for the yearly tournament.


But with all these things in mind, what has Na’Vi's Dota 2 squad been up to these past months? If you’ve been living under a rock, have no fear because this summary of consecutive events that has shaped up UkraineNatus Vincere for the big event, will inform you with all that you need to know.





Let’s stop for a moment and go back all the way to the last International. In one of the biggest events of eSports of all time, Ukraine Na’Vi managed to enter the main event with an invite. However, unable to adapt to the short game deathball meta, Ukraine Na’Vi  was only able to secure 8th position before being eliminated, making it the only International in which they didn’t make it to the Grand Finals.


As EstoniaClement ‘Puppey’ Ivanov and GermanyKuro ‘KuroKy’ Salehi left the squad, some people were calling it the end of an era… but was it? Maybe it was the beginning of a new one, that Na’Vi was hoping for.


After Ti4, Na’Vi started facing some difficulties as their stable roster was no more. They lost their balance for a short bit as team synergy couldn’t be established within the players. Although they performed well in Excellent Moscow Cup Season 2 as well as Dota 2 Champions League Season 4, something surely felt a bit off. Na’Vi went out on the hunt for pro players, recruiting Russian FederationVANSKOR and fng in the process. A few more shuffles took place here and there, which included UkraineGoblak and UkraineDkPhobos. Problems in the roster became more apparent when Ukraine Gleb ‘Funn1k’ Lipatnikov left the team.



As a wise man once said, “Never let a stumble in the road, be the end of the journey”. With this in mind, UkraineNa’Vi put their limits to the test, focusing more on training and polishing the player roster, which in turn improved their synergy and provided the team with a much needed proper and experienced captain and drafter. In the end, this turned out to be their line-up for ‘The International 2015’:


Ukraine Alexander «XBOCT» Dashkevich
Ukraine Danil «Dendi» Ishutin

Ukraine Gleb «Funn1k» Lipatnikov

Russian Federation Akbar «SoNNeikO» Butaev

Ukraine Ivan «ArtStyle» Antonov



This new roster proved themselves to be diligent when they got second place at the ASUS ROG DreamLeague Season 3 only a month later. This also marked the return of former players UkraineFunn1k, and UkraineArtStyle, who was one of the original members of the Dota 2 squad during its creation, taking on the position of the captain. Russian FederationSoNNeikO was also recruited as a support player. This placed Russian FederationVANSKOR in a reserve slot, as he was facing a long term illness and was unable to compete.


Due to the difficulties faced by Natus Vincere in the past few months, Valve found it unreasonable to hand them a direct invite, which can be expected considering the recent results. But that was nothing more than a hurdle in UkraineNa’Vi’s road to Ti5, which they carved themselves with passion and hard work, facing top tier teams in the Europe regional qualifiers and ended up qualifying after defeating UkraineVega Squadron, landing back onto their feet and once again securing a place in the main event in a very convincing fashion.



These days, UkraineNa’Vi is back in shape, looking stronger than ever. Currently, Na’Vi is ranked 9th worldwide and 5th in the Europe and CIS region, according to They will surely show up in Seattle for the International, and if their performance remains stable, along with the thousands of fans supporting the squad through thick and thin, soon nothing will stand in the way of UkraineNatus Vincere and the Ti5 Aegis!


Article written by Kumail Pirzada

AuthorRye Date30 June 2015, 07:52 Views7041 Comments2
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#1 fi SeiNNezy 30 June 2015, 11:32
Interesting article. Thank u!
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#2 pk Fatezzi 30 June 2015, 14:35

Interesting article. Thank u!

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