Na’Vi officially leaves the BEYOND EPIC Dota 2 tournament
Natus Vincere – Na’Vi have recently told their fans that they were not going to compete in the upcoming BEYOND EPIC Dota 2 tournament. The team said that they were instead working towards completing their lineup for the other events. Na’Vi had their last match at ESL One Birmingham last month. However, after their poor top ten finish, they have been absent from the professional scene.
B8 at BEYOND EPIC
Na’Vi deciding to take a step back from the scene paved way for one more team to hop in the main event from the Europe/CIS Bracket region. B8 was the lucky team to advance from their previously eliminated spot in the closed qualifier. The team led by former world champion Danil “Dendi” Ishutin had a pretty difficult period ever since their creation. They saw a record amount of defeats during their run in the past four months. Until recently, the team had 0-26 loss record. But, B8 managed to improve in their latest series.
The team had a close call last month at BEYOND EPIC Europe/CIS Closed Qualifier with a third place finish. Unfortunately, B8 had failed to advance to the main stage at the time, Team Empire Hope and Vikin.gg had crushed them on their path 2-0 on both occasions. After dropping out from the closed qualifier, Dendi told the community that he had seen DDoS attacks in the past two days. He quoted on Twitter that his internet provider provided him the information. Despite the unfortunate events, B8 will now be able to have a second shot in the main stage due to Na’Vi’s absence.
Meanwhile, Natus Vincere have been working on their roster since they already had a spot for the main event. The team had lost their star player Bakyt “Zayac” Emilzhanov in the early 2020. After the DreamLeague Season 13, Zayac moved to Virtus Pro’s roster for the WePlay! Dota 2 Tug of War: Mad Moon.
Igor “caff” Sydorenko, who is the manager of Natus Vincere, told the community that they were working on their lineup. He said that they were bringing new players for the trial periods. However, he added that their roster was not complete to participate in the Beyond Epic Dota 2 tournament yet. Hence, they made the decision to not take part in the event.
Dendi has been part of Na’Vi from 2011 to the end of 2017. He saw four world championships during his time with the roster. His team B8 also had a decent finish at the BEYOND EPIC closed qualifier to justify their advance. Their placement had already made the next in the line to fill in in case of need for the European/CIS region.
B8 will be facing Team Unique as their first opponent in the BEYOND EPIC Dota 2 tournament on 18 June.