Today marks a regrettable day for Virtus.Pro Dota 2 fans. The boys up stairs have decided to let go of their Dota 2 team members and managers.
This comes after quite a bad season, losing to team OG in the Frankfurt major, and failing to qualify for the Manila major. In fact the best they’ve done all year is coming in third place at DreamLeague Season 5. However the straw that broke the camels back was the TI6 qualifiers, in which they finished only 6th place in their group.
But why has their season been so bad? Well if we look at their recent roster changes, we can see that they made mistakes and gave up some of their most valuable players. Players such as Ilya ‘Illidan’ Pivcaev, and Ilya ‘Lil’ Ilyuk, whom they traded for Alexander ‘NoFear’ Churochkin and Maxim “Yoky-” Kim. Why get rid of these players that had literally earned them millions from prior tournaments? Perhaps because they saw value in the fact that Yoky had placed at least 3rd and often 1st in 7 tournaments with Team Empire, and were trying some kind of Moneyball strategy. Maybe they didn’t practice enough or perhaps their lineup just didn’t work.
But the blame seems to have been placed on the managers of VP, as they have been removed from office. Regardless of the reason why, it’s happened, and the ceo of Vp, Cherepennikov Anton has elected for a fresh start, and has chosen to personally manage the formation of the new Virtus.Pro.