Natus Vincere Dismisses Goblak, Seeks Qualification for The International
In the world of Dota 2, Natus Vincere (Na’Vi) is considered one of the most legendary organizations. However, recent struggles have put them in a precarious position. Na’Vi has decided to part ways with Arthur “Goblak” Kostenko, citing their fourth-place finish at the Major All-Stars as a contributing factor.
As a result of this dismissal, Na’Vi’s qualification for The International is now in jeopardy. The team, which has been a regular contender in the final rounds, will have to compete in fast approaching qualifiers.
Na’Vi’s decision to let go of Kostenko means losing one of the most experienced players in CIS Dota. Kostenko, who has played for teams like Empire, Virtus Pro, and RoX.KiS, brought innovative strategies and veteran composure to each squad he played for.
Evidently feeling the pressure to secure their qualification for the main event of the year, Na’Vi determined that Kostenko’s contribution was no longer the right fit for the squad moving forward.
The team has chosen to bring in Akbar “Sonneiko” Butaev, who recently left Power Rangers, to fill the support role. Butaev has quickly gained recognition for his skill and potential, despite being early in his career.
Moving forward, Na’Vi’s focus will be on navigating a tough European bracket in order to secure a spot in Seattle in August. Even with the addition of Butaev, the CIS squad will have to work quickly to catch up to teams like Ninjas in Pyjamas and a dominant Alliance.