It seems like the end of the line for Virtus.pro’s (VP) veterans Vladimir “No[o]ne” Minenko and Alexei “Solo” Berezin, as VP sets them aside in favor of VP.Prodigy.
Virtus.pro placed their main roster to inactive last September. Since then, the organization has been fielding VP.Prodigy, their developmental team, on Dota 2 tournaments. Thanks to VP.Prodigy’s strong performance, VP decided to move VP.Prodigy’s players to the main roster.
“This team had already shown some phenomenal results by this moment: reached grand finals in five out of seven tournaments and won three of them,” said Virtus.pro CEO Sergey Glamazda in a statement. “We had two strong rosters, though at the same time we were limited in tournament options.”
VP’s roster now consists of Egor “epileptick1d” Grigorenko, Danil “gpk” Skutin, Dmitry “DM” Dorokhin, and Illias “illias” Ganeev, and Vitaliy “Save-” Melnik. Ivan “Artstyle” Antonov will remain as the team’s coach.
Before moving up to the main roster, the team reached five Grand Finals series. Their most notable achievements include a third-place finish in ESL One Birmingham 2020 and a second-place finish in OGA Dota Pit Season 3.
While the organization has the old roster benched, they will still be under contract with VP. The future is currently unknown for No[o]ne, Solo, and the others. No[o]ne and Solo have been VP’s standard-bearers since 2016, even leading the team to multiple major championships. The two are both in the world’s top 50 highest-earning esports athletes, a result of their skills and capabilities. It’s not hard to imagine that many teams will be seeking their talents after their contracts with VP finally expire.