Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev and Igor “iLTW” Filatov have always been two of the best Dota 2 players in CIS. However, they haven’t had much luck lately, especially SoNNeikO, who was removed from Natus Vincere’s team a few months ago.
Two players have decided they want to play together, announcing a new CIS team. The announcement happened in the middle of the CIS roster shuffle, which was full of crazy changes. Of course, Virtus.Pro’s decision to bench its main team is still the most controversial move, and all their fans are eager to see what will happen next.
The new team
It’s safe to say that this new roster looks strong on paper. In addition to SoNNeikO and iLTW, we will see a few other famous CIS players. Vasily “AfterLife” Shishkin, Alexander “Immersion” Hmelevskoy” and “Egor “Ergon” Kozlo will join forces with the two players mentioned.
Of course, since we’re talking about the CIS scene, we have to mention a small controversy. Virtus.Pro’s General Manager said that iLTW is allegedly still under a contract with VP, according to cybersports.ru. Despite that, the organization allowed him to play for other teams. However, we don’t know what will happen if iLTW decides to stay with SoNNeikO and co. Needless to say, VP’s manager probably won’t like the decision.
Besides iLTW, there is another contract problem, but this time the person involved is Immersion. According to Natus Vincere, the player is still in contract with them. Nonetheless, Na’Vi decided to basically change its full roster with FlyToMoon, which is why Immersion was benched. We don’t know whether there will be any legal problems for the player, but we hope that both parties sort out their issues soon.
Lastly, let’s not forget AfterLife, a player who was benched from Gambit Esports a few months ago. After his departure, he played for a few other CIS teams – but has decided to give this new roster a chance.