Tremendous CIS trade between Na'Vi and VP involving Lil

Dota 2 Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani

Photo courtesy of Natus Vincere

Na'Vi and Virtus.pro make a tremendous trade out in their lineups, exchanging Vladimir 'RodjER' Nikogosyan and Ilya 'Lil' Ilyuk.

Just days before the rosters are locked into place, the two CIS organizational giants have made a shocking exchange that not only shakes up the rosters, but also the DCP point distribution.

Ilya 'Lil' Ilyuk has been donning the orange and black polar bear jersey since August 2016, but has been a part of the Russian organization since 2014, when he first joined Virtus.pro Polar. Although VP had reported just before TI7 that contracts had been signed for two years, Lil will be released early as part of the deal.

Along with him, his 900 points will go to Na'vi in the transfer, moving the iconic Ukrainian organization up to fifth place in the DCP rankings with a now total of 1110 points.

Although Lil has been part of the five man line-up that has since become the faces of VP's Dota 2 division, the outspoken player has said it has always been a dream for him to play under the Na'Vi banner.

It may sound a bit hypocritical, but back when I was starting my professional career, I really dreamed of playing under the NAVI tag. It isn't like I pursued this dream very persistently, but in this situation, such an opportunity is, perhaps, a blessing. I'm very thankful to the organization and the players for accepting me in. I will do my absolute best to meet the expectations that are put on me.
I would also like to cite a famous quote: "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get"

Vladimir 'RodjER' Nikogosyan had joined up with Na'Vi back in September when they returned to a full CIS lineup following TI7. The team has since had made significant strides in their results and achievements, bringing much positive attention to the rising star. According to the Na'Vi CEO, Virtus.pro had their eye on the support player for some time.

Right after ESL One Genting, I was contacted by Virtus.pro's general manager over RodjER’s transfer. We have known about VP's interest in him for quite a long time and, partially for this reason, have recently signed a two-year contract with him on improved terms. However, Vladimir expressed his wish to part ways with NAVI and we do not intend to keep him against his will. We agreed on the transfer sum and proposed to add Lil to the deal and, after VP agreed, we set up negotiations, which had a successful outcome.

Virtus.pro will drop to a comfortable third place in the DPC rankings, having been previously tied with Team Liquid for second place with 3150 points. The CIS team is still hot on their heels though with a new total of 2700 points, only 450 points separating them.

Virtus.Pro roster:
Russia Roman 'Ramzes666' Kushnarev
Ukraine Vladimir 'No[O]ne' Minenko
Russia Pavel '9pasha' Hvastunov
Russia Vladimir 'RodjER' Nikogosyan
Russia Alexey 'Solo' Berezin

Na'Vi Roster:
Ukraine Vladislav 'Crystallize' Krystanek
Ukraine Danil 'Dendi' Ishutin
Ukraine Viktor 'GeneRaL' Nigrini
Ukraine Ilya 'Lil' Ilyuk
Russia Akbar 'SoNNeikO' Butaev


Are you completely shocked by this move?

Yes, I am baffled by it
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Not that much, they are both owned by ESForce Holding & makes sense
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Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani
Pandora is a behind the scenes Dota 2 professional Jack of All Trades. When not busy with Dota 2 work, she is out trying to save the world or baking cupcakes. Follow her on Twitter @pandoradota2


  • Gurtik "DeFF" GuRT ,
    Nice 322. So obvious... just to let NaVi those points.... Those fkn CIS... fkn corruption... fkn russia...
    • Professor "changeling" Chaos ,
      I was laughing so hard when i read this comment the first time and was actually thinking to make a joke about it. But given the fact that both NaVi and VP are owned by the same holding comppany, you might actually have a point. I kinda expect this story to continue and i allready smell the taste of drama...
    • James "Yared" A ,
      Long live Soviet memes comrade. Yeah this is a really sad and crazy way to get the invite. WTH!
  • Radu "antipat1q" Agafitei ,
    they're not owned by the same holding comp for some time now..and i don't think its about navi getting the points...i think its the fact that there was an era when navi could've poach every good player out there but now things have changed VP(in the CIS at least) have the upper hand on poaching any good player..i dont think Lil into navi is gonna work that well as long time ago was some bad blood between sonneiko and him...rodjer was a big thing for Navi and now its a blow for them..i just hope both qualify for TI and get some podium finishes...cause if navi fails this time the next thing would be NoOne going to navi dendi china
  • Gurtik "DeFF" GuRT ,
    NaVi won't start to play better than tier 3 team. VP stayed as tier 2 team. (yeah. yeah. sometimes t2 team can win some tournaments, espesially at start of the patch) Nothing will actually change. but... the POINTS....
  • Gurtik "DeFF" GuRT ,
    Valve will change the system obviously... It's so broken, when after the half of the season u can watch the points, watch the situation andd just get a "free" invite by changing the roster. It was 100% predictable.
    • Aoi "alkermes" Kasuga ,
      VP gathers DCP points. then Navi buy the points by money. GREAT STRATS HERE. Lil's 900 points are already enough to TI8 and pretty much than Navi earned. What a joke.
  • Gurtik "DeFF" GuRT ,
    Manchester unated won't get 1/11 of Alexis Sanchez's points from Arsenal, after tranfer. he will just play for that team. nothing more.
  • pedro "pedrofi" filipe ,
    WEll for sure navi have lost with thia trade, but of rodjer already wants to leave maybe something was not great already, so i dream navi keeps in the same shape maybe better, and virtus pro dindt get that mutch better if it gets better i guess vistus pro will be in the same good shape as they are right now
  • Rexonial "Dancingwar" Bebb ,
    What a loss. I liked the previous roosters of these 2 teams. I hope this exchange won't change the chemistry in the teams.


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