The first Dota Pro Circuit tournaments of the new season didn’t go well at all for the CIS scene. Virtus.pro, Na’Vi and Gambit Esports, the three best teams in the region struggled and are yet to win a series on the Majors playoffs, and fowling the early exit of VP from the Leipzig Major the team is rumored to undergo additional roster changes.
Virtus.pro started the season with two new faces on the competitive scene and chose to take things slowly to better focus on their new team development. They qualified for the first Minor of the season but forfeited their slot in order to give their team more time to build the synergy with Egor “epileptick1d” Grigorenko and Vitalie “Save-” Melnic. Their first LAN tournament was the ONE Esports Singapore Invitational, which in fact brought a lot of hope to the CIS fans. Gambit placed third, VP were top 6, while Na’Vi finished top 8.
However, a month later, Gambit didn’t make it to the Major, Na’Vi had a promising start in the Leipzig Major group stage, but then lost two series in a row in the playoffs, while Virtus.pro got knocked out bottom four. Returned home and with about one week to go before the regional qualifiers for the third round of DPC tournaments, VP are rumored to look for replacements for epileptick1d and Save-.
Yesterday Tommy “Taiga” Le was playing pub games in a party with Oliver “Skiter” Lepko who is teamless since December. Their session was streamed lived by Taiga when Skiter felt like sharing a few things about an upcoming CIS shuffle. Although Taiga warned him that he was streaming, Skiter said that the info is not that secret anymore and that he thought it didn’t matter if it got out.
According to him, Virtus.pro let go their two young recruits and are talking with Na’Vi to take their support four player Bakyt “Zayac” Emilzhanov and with Gambit Esports for Danil “gpk” Skutin.
What’s intriguing is that gpk is Gambit’s mid lane player, in fact one of the most promising CIS youngsters in this position. At the same time, The Leipzig Major was a complete disaster for VP’s Vladimir “No[o]ne” Minenko who delivered a hefty amount of misplays on key heroes for VP’s game plan.
None of these three teams made any comments, nor they released any official information about their rosters heading into the regional qualifiers for ESL One Los Angeles Major and StarLadder ImbaTV Kyiv Minor. But, according to a report from the Russian outlet cybersport.ru, the gpk transfer from Gambit to VP is “unlikely to happen” as Virtus.pro are not willing to pay his rather substantial buyout.
Third round of DPC qualifiers are slated to begin on the 7th of February with the open brackets, followed by closed regional qualifiers, set to take place 9th to 14th of the month.