October 23, 2019
Natus Vincere removed Akbar SoNNeikO Butaev from its main Dota 2 team roster. Bakyt Zayac Emilzhanov is now the captain of the team. The tag reported about the changes on their official website.
The reason for this decision was the unsatisfactory performance in the regional qualification for MDL Chengdu Major. According to Evgeny Zolotarev, the CEO of the organization, the problems in the squad appeared after the end of The International 2019.
Butaev represented NAVI in the periods from April 2017 to February 2018 and September 2018 to October 2019. With the team, he took 7-8th place at The Manila Major 2016 and fourth place at DreamLeague Season 8. Under his leadership, the team qualified for The International 2019, where they took 13-16th place.
Natus Vincere’s current roster:
Vladislav Crystallize Kristanak
Idan MagicaL Vardanian
Pavel 9pasha Boasters
Bakyt Zayac Emilianov