Na`Vi.rmN-: Career overview
With the recent additions to the Natus Vincere G2A Dota 2 Roster, plenty of fresh blood has been brought on board. Having already introduced the captain, Per Anders Olsson “Pajkatt” Lille, it is time to take a look at one of our new support players Roman “rmN-” Paley and his career so far.
Even though he might not be such a household name as Pajkatt, rmN- has been around the competitive DotA scene for quite a while. During that extensive career, his path has crossed Natus Vincere several times already.
He started his career back in DotA 1 days with the German squad diamondZ, where he joined forces with Dominik “Black^” Reitmeier, Rene “Kebap” Werner and Dominik “hex0r” Buhmann in 2010. After dmZ disbanded, both rmN- and Black^ moved on to LAGINHEAD, which later signed a contract to play under the banner of the British brand Unique-Esports. In 2011 rmN- joined Team GosuGamers, teaming up with Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi. With GosuGamers he also made the transition to DotA 2.
rmN- with Team GosuGamers, picture courtesy of gosugamers.net
After leaving GosuGamers, Roman had short stints with the German teams Just 4 the tournament and uebelst gamynG before joining Kaipi alongside Johan “pieliedie” Åström. However, the roster at Kaipi did not hold up for long and he returned to uebelst gamynG.
In the summer of 2013, rmN- made his first appearances under the banner of Na`Vi, serving as a Stand-In in several league games, including StarLadder Star Series Season 6 and RaidCall Dota 2 League Season 3.
In late 2013, both rmN- and his former uebelst gamynG teammate Eduard “EDE” Birkle took their talents to the CIS DotA scene by joining The Retry, which was captained by Vladimir “PGG” Anosov. However, a few months later, rmN- decided to move on to QPAD Red Pandas where he joined Niklas “Wagamama” Högström. The team was later rebranded to Vhoul Assassins.
With the disband of Vhoul Assassins, Roman saw the chance to return to the German scene by joining EDE once more in GOOMBA Gaming. With GOOMBA he saw extensive league play, including StarLadder Season 11 and 12 and Dreamleague Season 3. StarLadder Season 12 featured a best of three series versus Na`Vi, where the German side managed to take one game before the CIS powerhouse took home the series victory.
In September of 2015 followed the invitation from KuroKy to join his team 5Jungz, which was soon picked up by the Team Liquid brand, as a sub. Shortly after, rmN- set his sights towards the CIS scene once more. After short stops in smaller teams such as .aSpera., hard’N’play, ScaryFaceZ, and Elements Pro Gaming, he checked in with Power Rangers, where he got to play the qualifiers for the Shanghai Major as well as renowned leagues such as Dota Pit. Despite playing carry for most of his career, he decided to switch to the support role upon joining Power Rangers, which proved vital for his career development.
In March of last year, Roman took the opportunity to sign with Fantastic Five to play alongside longtime Na`Vi carry Alexander “XBOCT” Dashkevich. With rmN- on the team, Fantastic Five managed to achieve Top 2 finishes in four minor tournaments, including the WellPlay Invitational and the NVIDIA Dota 2 CIS Cup.
Despite this large amount of experience, rmN- has mostly remained under the radar for most of the DotA community. Still, the insight and understanding of the game that come with years of playing DotA against and alongside top level players will certainly help him adjust to the bigger stage of playing for Natus Vincere. Welcome aboard Roman!
KardinalR 6 January 2017, 15:45 15704 0