The International is a huge aspect of Dota 2 for any player, team, organisation and the community but it has the ability to make or break a team. While we already know that Virtus.pro had a rough time at the event, a short documentary which is similar to True Sight, was released by the organisation – giving us a much more in depth look at the CIS giants TI9 struggles.
The video – which has English subtitles, premiered a little over four hours ago and tracks the VP team through their time at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China – showing us a lot of the behind-the-scenes discussions and conversations which the team had. In essence it is there to help the fans and Dota 2 community understand why the Aegis of Champions remained something untouched by VP once again.
After a bit of a look at the team having some fun, we get taken into their communications during their first Upper Bracket series against PSG.LGD followed by the team discussing the game. During this time, we see the now ex-position 1 player, Roman ‘RAMZES’ Kushnarev, explaining the issues which he saw during the series before discussing the team dynamic,
When there are no games and you’re on a break, we’re friends. In Dota, we are not friends. We constantly argue, conflicts happen. Just like with everyone. We’re just a team.”
Following this we heard from the squad’s ex-coach, Arsenij ‘ArsZeeqq’ Usov, who also departed from the roster following TI9, as he explains a lot about the players themselves and goes into some detail about how the change of captaincy actually effected the team,
Virtus.pro is a team of unbelievable ego. Simply ego for days. And because of this, every time the team doesn’t take the first place, they feel the need to find someone to blame for this supposed failure.”
Through much of the video we hear and see many conflicts that arose throughout the season and see many moments where they begin to argue among each other while watching replays and discussing the game. The video is very eyeopening to a lot of things that occurred within VP between The International 2018 and 2019, with Alexei ‘Solo’ Berezin even explaining that there were moments when RAMZES might have been kicked before he was made captain.
The video is a thoroughly revealing and harsh look behind the closed curtains of VP and seems to almost completely highlight their early elimination from TI9 as being the fault of a team that weren’t playing together. Even in their pre-game communication when facing Royal Never Give Up, there are major signs of the team actually not wanting to play or perform – even though said in jest at the time.
As we know now, VP have lost two of their players following their dismal results; with Pavel ‘9pasha’ Khvastunov leaving to join Natus Vincere and RAMZES having joined Evil Geniuses. It will be extremely interesting to see how VP change moving forward and if their roster changes can put them back at the top of the Dota 2 world.