A one-year path: Na`Vi.Dota 2 in 2016

 

The past year was pretty much like the swings for our team: the fans had chance to both gloriofy over the team's successes and get disappointed over the bitter losses. Now that the new Dota 2 roster of Ukraine Natus Vincere G2A is announce we can look into future with hope. Let's take a look at the past year for our team.

 

You must remember the New Year interview of the then-captain of the Born to Win Ukraine Ivan "ArtStyle" Antonov, in which he contemplated on the plans for 2016. He believed the team would succeed. Unfortunately, his predictions came true only partially. However, the basis for our new roster was founded. Let us not forget what it cost us to build it...

 

Failure trip to Shanghai

 

Having gathered in Kyiv, the players began the year with the qualifiers for The Shanghai Major. The qualifier group of our team didn't look impossible with only two teams being serious contenders: Russian Federation Team Empire and Russian Federation Team Spirit. However, Ukraine Natus Vincere faced its major problems playing against these two teams.

 

The qualifiers began optimistically: after the draw against Russian Federation Team Spirit the guys pulled themselves together and defeated International Mamas Boys and Russian Federation HellRaisers. The playoff spot seemed to be guaranteed, but Russian Federation Team Empire defeated the team 2-0. The regulation was strict: Ukraine Na`Vi and Russian Federation Team Empire had even quantity of scores, but the Empire advanced to the next stage due to one victory. That was a hard strike on team spirit.

 

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However, there was no time to lose the heart, there was one more large tournament ahead: StarLadder i-League StarSeries, where our players were invited.

 

Minsk adventures

 

Unfortunately, the team couldn't achieve the desired result in Minsk, as it ended the performance in the group stage. The team made its fatal mistake on the very first day of the competition, having lost in a match to Malaysia Fnatic unexpectedly. Perhaps it was due to the underestimation of the rival, since many fans expected to see easy win of our team and the exceed confidence was transmitted to our players.

 

It's notable that we also played against our long term rival Sweden Alliance that subsequently won the tournament. Unfortunately despite the fatigue of the Swedish team caused by their long way through the snow to Belarus, Ukraine Na`Vi couldn't win. Our team had chance to advance to the playoff, but the mistake against China LGD Gaming was fatal and the victory over Russian Federation Team Spirit couldn't change anything.

 

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Natus Vincere roster at the tournament

Ukraine Danil «Dendi» Ishutin Russian Federation Dmitry «DityaRa» Minenkov  Russian Federation Dmitry «Ax.Mo» Morozov Russian Federation Akbar «SoNNeikO» Butaev  Ukraine Ivan «ArtStyle» Antonov

 

GeneRaL joins the team

 

After such beginning of 2016, it was decided to part with the hardlaner Russian Federation Dmitry «Ax.Mo» Morozov. It turned out to be the right decision after all. An unknown player Ukraine Viktor «GeneRaL» Nigrini was invited to the team. Viktor had played on midlane before joining Ukraine Natus Vincere.

 

The fans were quite surprised with the organization's decision. However, Viktor demonstrated not only the high level of individual performance, but also a great cooperation with the teammates, which enabled him to fit the new team perfectly. Furthermore, his extremely aggressive play on Batrider was noticed by many fans and attracted many people to his side.

 

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Along with the new player, Ukraine Natus Vincere was to try its powers in the qualifiers of three tournaments — ESL One Manila 2016WePlay League Season 3 and Dota Pit League Season 4. In other words, the team was to prove again that it was a powerful and dangerous rival on the pro scene of Dota 2.

 

In general the team did well: the qualifiers of ESL One Manila 2016 was rather successful. First the guys defeated Greece Ad Finem and then another CIS team Russian Federation Vega Squadron. Unfortunately, they couldn't defeat Russian Federation Team Empire, and Ukraine Na`Vi lost their chance to going to Manila.

 

Meanwhile, the Born to Win successfully passed Dota Pit League Season 4 qualifiers and took first place in the group. As the result, we gained a slot at the LAN-final in Croatian city of Split. In other words, the final was the first successful event for Ukraine Na`Vi which gave us confidence in making the right decision on GeneRaL.

 

Later the Born to Win were invited to WePlay League Season 3. Ukraine Natus Vincere couldn't take the first place at the qualifiers but were still invited to Kyiv due to their good performance.

 

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Thus our team was to participate in 2 large competitions, and good performance in them could result in the direct invite to The Manila Major.

 

Non-tourist trip to Split

 

Our team was preparing very thoroughly to the LAN-part of Dota Pit League Season 4 and even had a bootcamp prior to it. Anyway, the single elimination format required it. The first rival of our players was the best team of the time, the winner of The Shanghai Major — International Team Secret.

 

Community predicted the loss of the Born to Win, but the players made what seemed impossible defeating the powerful rival 2-1. This victory gave much confidence to our players. Though we did lost to our next rival Evil Geniuses, but victory over Estonia Puppey and his team was promising. The fans understood: the main thing is ahead. On the next day it was announced that Ukraine Natus Vincere players are invited to WePlay League Season 3.

 

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What is the best way to prepare to the competition? The bootcamp! Moreover in China. Our guys went to the Celestial Empire to train against the best teams of the country.

 

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Natus Vincere roster at the tournament

Ukraine Dendi Russian Federation SoNNeikO Ukraine ArtStyle Russian Federation Ditya Ra Ukraine GeneRaL
Danil Ishutin Akbar Butaev Ivan Antonov Dmitry Minenkov

Viktor Nigrini

 

We were to participate in the large CIS-tournament EPICENTER, and in DreamLeague season 5. We also were to prepare to WePlay League Season 3.

 

Tense spring

 

The spring was really difficult for our team. The Born to Win gained invitation to ESL One Frankfurt 2016. It was obvious we wouldn't manage to achieve success in all the aspects, so the team didn't perform equally successful at every tournament.

 

The team failed at EPICENTER qualifiers: first they were defeated by Denmark Danish Bears (later The imperial), and then by Russian Federation Polarity. These failures put an end on the performance of our team in Moscow tournament. The failure was subsequently compensated by the success at ESL One Frankfurt 2016 qualifier. We gained the slot to the LAN final of the tournament.

 

Simultaneously, the Born to Win performed great at DreamLeague 5, took first place in tournament brackets and gained the slot in the final stage of the competition. Next was StarLadder i-League Invitational, where Ukraine Natus Vincere was invited.

 

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The last tournament is worth separate mentioning: the Born to Win had prepared very well to it and did great. There were many powerful teams: Sweden AllianceChina LGD GamingChina VG.RebornInternational OG. It was the European mix that Ukraine Natus Vincere encountered first.

 

The team was considered one of the most powerful on the pro scene, so Ukraine Na`Vi wasn't considered the match favourite. However, our team demonstrated confident teamplay, the rival wasn't ready for. The result of the match 2-1 was much unexpected, but inspiring.

 

After the sensational victory Ukraine Na`Vi defeated China VG.Reborn and China LGD Gaming. All we had to do to win the title was to defeat China VG.Reborn again. Unfortunately, our players seemed to lose their inspiration and lost 1-3. Anyway, we can't help admiring the Chinese team that won the event despite the replacement of a player. Our team became the event's runner-up.

 

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Natus Vincere roster at the tournament

Ukraine Dendi Russian Federation SoNNeikO Ukraine ArtStyle Russian Federation Ditya Ra Ukraine GeneRaL
Danil Ishutin Akbar Butaev Ivan Antonov Dmitry Minenkov

Viktor Nigrini

 

Deserved award and the series of tournaments

 

The beginning of WePlay League Season 3 was marked with great news: Ukraine Na`Vi were invited to The Manila Major! This was a great stimulus to our team. It became obvious that our hard work is awarded and our achievements are the foundation of the future success.

 

The group stage in Kyiv was rather easy: the Born to Win secured the spot in the upper brackets of the playoff by winning 2 matches. However, as they advanced to playoff, the performance wasn't as successful. First, we lost to Korea, Republic of MVP.Phoenix, and then to Russian Federation Team Empire, which we had defeated in the group stage.

 

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We put much hope on the upcoming LAN - DreamLeague Season 5, which was the last before The Manila Major. The event seemed quite passable. Unfortunately, the most powerful rival International OG was still beyond the reach of the Born to Win. Ukraine Na`Vi encountered the team twice, but won only one map with total score of 1-5 in 2 matches. Nonetheless, we became the runner-up of the event, which is a good result prior to The Manila Major.

 

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Natus Vincere roster at the tournaments

Ukraine Dendi Russian Federation SoNNeikO Ukraine ArtStyle Russian Federation Ditya Ra Ukraine GeneRaL
Danil Ishutin Akbar Butaev Ivan Antonov Dmitry Minenkov

Viktor Nigrini

 

The trip to Manila and Frankfurt

 

Much was expected of the Manila Major. The team had been performing consistently well and the fans had liked its play. At the group stage our rivals were International Team SecretChina Wings Gaming and United States Digital Chaos. Nobody knew it then, but Ukraine Na`Vi outran two future finalists of The International 2016.

 

At the time, everyone wondered how the team would perform in the playoff. It seemed more like a curse that we encountered International OG again. The team was one of the hardest rivals for the Born to Win. No miracle happened: the future champion of The Manila Major won.

 

The next match luckily compensated the loss with the classical for Dota 2 encounter: Ukraine Natus Vincere — Sweden Alliance. The match was tense and bright and extremely interesting, but what was even more important: Ukraine Na`Vi won. Unfortunately, our next rival International Team Liquid put an end to our performance and we took 7–8 places. Frnkly speaking fans had expected more, but it being the team's first major, the result was considered satisfactory.

 

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In a week Ukraine Na`Vi went to Frankfurt to play at ESL One Frankfurt 2016. Much depended on its result, including the invites to the main event of the year — The International. Surely, few people thought the Born to Win would gain the invite, but many hoped.

 

The group stage went well: though we didn't defeat our principal rival International OG, we won against Russian Federation Virtus.pro and United States compLexity Gaming, securing the spot in the playoff. In the playoff, we encountered Russian Federation Vega Squadron, defeating it 2-0. But in the final Ukraine Na`Vi was to encounter International OG again. Unfortunately we lost the match and became the tournament's runner-up.

 

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Nonetheless, the confident play and the aspiration to the victory were spotted by Valve. The game producer invited Ukraine Natus Vincere directly to The International 2016! A well deserved award for the hard work

 

Natus Vincere roster at the tournaments

Ukraine Dendi Russian Federation SoNNeikO Ukraine ArtStyle Russian Federation Ditya Ra Ukraine GeneRaL
Danil Ishutin Akbar Butaev Ivan Antonov Dmitry Minenkov

Viktor Nigrini


Two battles in LA

 

Before the main tournament of the year, the Born to Win were to participate in 2 tournaments The Summit 5 and StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 2 held in Los Angeles. The building of Beyond The Summit studio served as the venue for both events. So the guys not only practiced against best teams, but also relaxed a bit.

 

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The Summit 5 wasn't successful for our team. After the loss to China Wings Gaming, we dropped down to the lower brackets, where we defeated Greece Ad Finem and Malaysia Fnatic. Next was International Team Liquid, which we couldn't overcome. The team took fourth place. A good result, but the fans and the players expected more.

 

Next was StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 2Ukraine Na`Vi eliminated all the enemies in their way: United States Evil GeniusesMalaysia Fnatic and International Team Secret. The Born to Win encountered Estonia Puppey's team in the final and defeated it 3-1.

 

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The victory on the eve of The International 2016 gave us hope that Ukraine Na`Vi would succeed in Seattle.

 

 

Natus Vincere roster at the tournament

Ukraine Dendi Russian Federation SoNNeikO Ukraine ArtStyle Russian Federation Ditya Ra Ukraine GeneRaL
Danil Ishutin Akbar Butaev Ivan Antonov Dmitry Minenkov

Viktor Nigrini

 

Failure in Seattle

 

Unfortunately, The International 2016 wasn't the starting point of a new triumphant history of Ukraine Natus Vincere. The group stage of the Born to Win wasn't satisfactory: the draw matches against Philippines TNC Gaming and International Escape Gaming — and Ukraine Na`Vi took the bottom places of the tournament table, which meant they were to begin in the lower brackets of the playoff.

 

It didn't seem that bad until we found out the name of the first rival in the lower brackets. We were to play a bo1 match against International Team Liquid, our uncomfortable rival. Ukraine Natus Vincere was to leave the tournament.

 

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After TI, the organization announced there would be no reshuffle and the team would remain unchanged.

 

Natus Vincere roster at the tournament

Ukraine Dendi Russian Federation SoNNeikO Ukraine ArtStyle Russian Federation Ditya Ra Ukraine GeneRaL
Danil Ishutin Akbar Butaev Ivan Antonov Dmitry Minenkov

Viktor Nigrini

 

New season for the team

 

Ukraine Natus Vincere began the new season only with three players, who participated in WESG, the tournament for the national teams. Ukraine Team Ukraine consisted of Ukraine DendiUkraine GeneRaLUkraine ArtStyle, as well as Ukraine Resolut1on and Ukraine ALWAYSWANNAFLY.

 

Some fans rumored this would be the new roster of Ukraine Natus Vincere in the upcoming season, but they were wrong. The team in full force with unchanged roster played at Dota Pit Season 5 and DreamLeague Season 6 qualifiers.

 

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Team Ukraine roster

Ukraine Dendi Ukraine Resolut1on Ukraine ArtStyle Ukraine ALWAYSWANNAFLY Ukraine GeneRaL
Danil Ishutin Roman Fominok Ivan Antonov Andrew Bondarenko Viktor Nigrini

 

Unfortunately, Ukraine Na`Vi couldn't pass the qualifiers of Dota Pit Season 5, and then the qualifiers of The Boston Major. Two victories in 9 matches was the result, that neither fans, nor players could excuse. As a result, the organization made decision to disband Ukraine Na`Vi Dota 2 again with a view to build a new roster.

 

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New roster in New Year!

Ukraine Dendi Sweden Pajkatt Germany rmN- Denmark Biver Ukraine GeneRaL
Danil Ishutin Per Anders Olsson Lille Roman Paley Malthe Winther Viktor Nigrini

 

It was decided to build the organization around Ukraine Dendi and Ukraine GeneRaL. The scouting process was long and thorough. The following players were invited: Sweden PajkattGermany rmN- and Denmark Biver. With these players, Ukraine Na`Vi will try to achieve top places in the year of 2017. We hope that in 12 months we'll see a different recap for the team with top places and much success! Go, Ukraine Natus Vincere!

 

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NATUS VINCERE DOTA 2 results in 2016
Place Tournament Venue Date Prize
7–12 StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 1 Belarus Minsk 13.01.2016 — 17.01.2016 $ 5 047
top 3top 4 Dota Pit League Season 4 Croatia Split 19.03.2016 — 20.03.2016 $ 25 386
top 2 StarLadder i-League Invitational #1 ua Kyiv 14.04.2016 — 17.04.2016 $ 20 000
5–6 WePlay Dota2 League Season 3 ua Kyiv 28.04.2016 — 1.05.2016 $ 8 330
top 2 DreamLeague Season 5 se Stockholm 21.05.2016 — 22.05.2016 $ 25 000
7–8 The Manila Major 2016 Philippines Manila 3.06.2016 — 12.06.2016 $ 105 000
top 2 ESL One Frankfurt 2016 Germany Frankfurt 17.06.2016 — 19.06.2016 $ 62 909
top 4 The Summit 5 United States Los Angeles 13.07.2016 — 17.07.2016 $ 10 104
top 1 StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 2 United States Los Angeles 21.07.2016 — 24.07.2016 $ 135 000
13–16 The International 2016 United States Seattle 2.08.2016 — 13.08.2016 $ 103 852

 

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