Will Virtus Pro win The International 2019?

August 13, 2019

Virtus pro is one of the oldest eSports organizations in the CIS. The first DotA roster was signed in 2007. In those glorious times, the team, together with Yaroslav “NS” Kuznetsov, Sergey “Smile” Revin and Dmitry “LighTofHeaveN” Kupriyanov was considered one of the strongest in Europe. Unfortunately, the roster left the organization in 2008.

One of the first VP Dota 2 rosters

“Bears” returned immediately to the second version of the game - Dota 2. The reason was The International 2012 and the opportunity to compete for huge money for that time in e-sports. Unfortunately, the team failed to pass the qualifying stage for the main tournament of the year. The team’s roster was constantly undergoing changes and could not conquer top tournaments. Only in 2013, the guys managed to qualify for the TI of that year. Unfortunately, the performance at the tournament was unsuccessful. At The International 2014, VP fought in the Wild Card, but also without success.

VP on Asus ROG DreamLeague S3

The team began to show excellent results only in 2015, when the organization combined its 2 rosters into one. At TI5, the team took 5-6th place and at that time it was an excellent result.

Unfortunately, the organization was unable to maintain this composition. The team started having problems and had to make replacements. The roster often changed, but there were no results. In this regard, the organization decided to disband in 2016.

In August 2016, the Bears assembled a new roster with Alexei “Solo” Berezin, Roman “RAMZES666” Kushnaryov, Ilya “Lil” Ilyyuk, Vladimir “No [o] ne” Minenko and Pavel “9pasha” Khvastunov. After a couple of months of training, the roster first showed the results in official matches and immediately entered the world top. The team showed itself perfectly, but in the main tournament of the year it was not possible to jump above the previous result.

Current Virtus Pro roster

There were conflicts in the team, after which Lil was replaced by Rodjer. After such changes, the team began to play even more harmoniously. For 2 years now, a team of this composition has been gaining leading positions in the DPC rating. Virtus Pro is now at the peak of form, and this should definitely bear fruit.

Virtus Pro Achievements in DPC Season 2018/2019
In Dota Pro Circuit 2018/2019, there were 2 times fewer majors, and “Bears” did not get into the top 3 on only one of them. The CIS team began the season with a victory, taking the title of The Kuala Lumpur Major, in the grand final VP defeated Team Secret in a difficult five-card match.

VP statistics for 2018/2019

At the MDL Disneyland Paris Major, the roster of Virtus Pro showed the worst result of the season - 7-8th place. After that, the team performed well at the home major in Moscow, but unfortunately the “Liquid” were stronger and the guys had to be content with 3 place.


Why are Virtus Pro favorites of The International 2019?
VP is a very variable team. The band plays some of the best performers in the world. Last season alone, the Bears used more than 100 characters that were used in different strategies. Unfortunately, this is a minus of the team. A huge selection of strategies in the sleeve of the team sometimes plays a bad joke - the guys choose a weak strategy in the matchup or take weak characters. You can make strategies, watch the item builds and skill builds on MoreMMR.

Solo and Ramzes

A stable team is also a huge advantage. The guys have not changed the roster for 2 years, which of course has a positive effect on mutual understanding and team interactions. But there is also a minus, perhaps the team lacks a new look at emergency situations. But just speculation. In any case, the team proves its strength by taking the second place in a row in the lead in the DPC ranking.

VP for the second year in a row are the favorites of the main tournament of the year. Unfortunately, but last year the team was unable to jump above 5th place.


Fortunately, the team has been preparing for The International all year. The guys have repeatedly mentioned that TI9 is ​​the main goal of this season for them. The team is now preparing for the main event of the year in China. We hope that representatives of our region this year will still be able to raise Aegis above their heads.

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