From today, we will continue to at the top contenders of the TI9 as we make our way to the most prestigious event in eSports.The historic success of the Natus Vincere tag is very closely related to The International’s Dota 2 tournament series.
In 2011, the Ukrainian team led by Ivan ArtStyle Antonov won against EHOME at the first championship in Cologne. The EU side earned a record million dollars for that time. Then NAVI played twice in a row in the finals of The International – against Invictus Gaming and Alliance – but they could not win the second Aegis.
Series of poor results
After several years of dominating the professional scene, NAVI’s results have deteriorated dramatically. The team began a series of reshuffles, but none of them helped the to return to the top. In 2015 and 2016, the Ukrainian club was one of the first to leave The International, and on TI7 and TI8, NAVI players could not even progress through regional qualifiers.
Due to unsatisfactory results, the lineup was reassembled several times almost from scratch , until the managers selected an optimal roster. This year, there is some hope for the EU side. After a long break, fans will finally see their favorite club on The International 2019.
According to Esports Earnings, Natus Vincere’s Dota 2 lineups earned more than $ 4.1 million. It is a million more than the sum of the prize money of the most successful CS: GO team. If NAVI performs well in China, this gap can widen. The TI9 prize pool has already exceeded $ 30 million and has become the largest in the history of eSports. However, it’s too early to talk about the club’s claims to win in Shanghai.
Road to Success
Before the start of the 2018/2019 season, Danil “Dendi” Ishutin , who played for NAVI for almost eight years, left the team. Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev returned to the position of captain. Meanwhile, Idan “MagicaL” Vardanyan, Evgeny “Blizzy Pu” and Evgeny Chuvash “Makarov” became newcomers . In addition to the roster, the management also changed the coach – instead of Alexander XBOCT Dashkevich, Andrei Mag Chipenko was invited.
The new composition couldn’t qualify for The Kuala Lumpur Major, yet made its way to the Swedish Major DreamLeague Season 10. In Stockholm, NAVI came in second, losing to the Tigers in a tense final series 2: 3. After that, the Butaeva team showed a strong game at MegaFon Winter Clash. Where they coped with Virtus.pro and PSG.LGD, but lost to Team Liquid in the grand final.
Road to TI9
DreamLeague Season 11 was the only major Dota Pro Circuit this season, where Natus Vincere made it to the main event. The team finished it in 13th-16th place with 3: 6 stats on the cards – it beat Chaos , but lost to Evil Geniuses, Vici Gaming and J. Storm. In April, the team visited the non-DPC competition ESL One Mumbai 2019. The team took third place, but this did not stop the side to make reshuffles. After Butaev’s return, the roster left Chuvash, and Bakyt Zayac Emilzhanova took his place.
Even with the unwanted change the side qualified for the TI9 in brilliant style and would love to replicate their form on the main stage.