Silent replaces Illidan on Virtus.Pro

Dota 2 Ben “PineappleCake” Tan

Virtus.Pro have dropped Ilya 'Illidan' Pevcaev from their roster and will be adding Empire's carry player, Ayrat 'Silent' Gaziev.

In just under a week, teams are expected to have registered their roster for the Shanghai Major; it was recently revealed on Virtus.Pro's website that Empire's carry Ayrat 'Silent' Gaziev will be joining them in place of their current carry, Ilya 'Illidan' Pevcaev. If it is true that Gleb 'Funn1k' Lipatnikov is joining Empire, the departure of Silent will leave Empire with one open slot to fill before the roster lock date of 8 December.

Statement by Virtus.Pro's manager 

After a quite successful International 2015 our roster started to stagnate, and 5th-6th place became a stumbling-block for us. After poor Major for us, our team made a hard decision and took a risk by changing one of our core players.
Airat [Silent] is one of the most experienced players in the CIS-community and he has proved that he is one of the best carry players in the world. I sincerely hope that Silent becomes an essential part of the Virtus.pro Dota roster and our results will improve.

Current Virtus.Pro roster:
Russia Ayrat 'Silent' Gaziev
Russia Sergey 'God' Bragin
Ukraine Alexandr 'DKPhobos' Kucherya
Ukraine Ilya 'Lil-_-HaRDy' Ilyuk
Belarus Artsiom 'FNG' Barshak

Empire's current situation is unclear. An interview conducted with Reso1ution at the Global eSports Cup revealed that he is of the understanding that Silent did not attend the event due to family issues and both Funn1k and Alexander "XBOCT" Dashkevich are only stand-ins for the tournament. Empire has yet to comment on the state of events.

The interview can be watched below:

source: virtus.pro/news



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Ben “PineappleCake” Tan
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  • Ste "holypepsi" A ,
    no way.... althought i think their style and skill are similar, illidan is a bit better than silent in everything.... and consider how hard VP worked in the past to gain the trust and team chemistry, i totally do not see this as a good decision... we see VP struggles since post-TI2 era, finally the team gets to work... well.. lets see
  • justin "justiins" CC ,
    Can anyone explain me why they suddenly played so many bad games ? Where they did so many mistakes or is it patch that they can't figure out how to play? Or maybe Huskar meta and they don't know how to play against him?? Please no flame be cool.
    • Ste "holypepsi" A ,
      i think VP was at their best around TI5 - present. VP was never a top tier team, and unable to challenge the Chinese teams prior to TI5. I think top 8 in TI5 is already above their skill, I would rank them 8-12ish, behind old c9. Their recent result are pretty decent imo, and replacing illidan has higher risk.
      • Murat "seemyrampage" Sarsenov ,
        u are wrong buddy, VP was best dota allstars team back in early 2000-s. Silent is the stable choice. he doesnt fail, unlike illidan. his avarage gpm is second highest for last year in competetive dota and he has a large hero pool. plus he understands dota a lot better than illidan does, since he used to be a pretty decent support player in past. i dont see any risks in picking him. any CIS team would become stronger with Silent
      • justin "justiins" CC ,
        I think you are wrong by saying VP is not top tier team, yeah now they pretty much suck all their games, but before TI they were one of the strongest teams, even Puppey said that they are unpredictable. And yeah you didn't answer my question.
        • Ste "holypepsi" A ,
          By top tier I mean TI contender. If you look at teams going to TI5, TS, EG, VG, LGD, IG, Ehome are super solid team, C9, Empire and Newbee were looking strong as well. I would rank VP right below these teams.They beat TS to claim the top8 tiltle, thats a good achievement. More importantly, they maintained their performance, and end up top 8 in Frankfurt major as well. When someone outperfome themselves, it is very unlikely to retain the same performance in the next few tournaments, like Orange from TI3, CDEC from TI5 etc. I do not see VP underperforming after TI5. To me, they are still the same solid top8 team that can take anyway down, but claiming a title from Major would be a push.
          • justin "justiins" CC ,
            I think its all same with all CIS teams they can surprise you by beating top teams, but can't do it 2nd or 3rd time because they feel over confident themselves.


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