Virtus.pro have gone through some intense changes to their roster through the post-TI shuffle with many players leaving and stand-ins joining for the first batch of Dota 2 Pro Circuit qualifiers. But following that, one of these stand-in players has now signed to the team.
Virtus.pro were seen as one of the favourites to take The International 2019 but something went wrong at the prestigious event which saw the team exit soon after the group stages and following that, the roster shuffle begun. Losing Pavel ‘9pasha’ Khvastunov and their coach Arseniy ‘ArsZeeqq’ Usov first, followed by Roman ‘RAMZES’ Kushnarev and Vladimir ‘RodjeR’ Nikogosyan too.
Even so, the team went on to announce Roman ‘Resolut1on’ Fominok joining the squad, while two stand-ins would play for them through the Major qualifiers; Egor ‘epileptick1d’ Grigorenko and Vitalie ‘Save-‘ Melnic. The Chengdu Major qualifiers did not go well for the squad, but they managed to take the CIS regional qualifiers for the DOTA Summit 11 without too much hassle – but subsequently withdrew.
On the back of their withdrawal from the Minor, VP have now confirmed that Save-, the position 4 support stand-in, has joined as a full-time member of the roster. The player’s transfer from Winstrike was confirmed via Twitter earlier today with General Manager of VP, Roman Dvoryankin having the following to say in the official statement,
Save- performed well this month and deserved the spot in the regular roster. He’s noticeably stepping his game up both, in personal skills and communications with teammates, bringing a new approach to the team.”Virtus.pro
VP did not fair too well at the recently concluded ESL One Hamburg 2019 with their current roster, managing only a 5th place finish. However, with a new squad, they need some time and after withdrawing from the first Minor of the season, it will be interesting to see what comes of the roster. The CIS squad are not without Dota 2 action either as they are currently involved in the CIS Parimatch League Season 1.