Natus Vincere have completed their roster with the additions of two former Begrip Russia members Denis "seized" Kostin and Anton "kibaken" Kolesnikov.
Kostin actually stood in for Na`Vi earlier in the year during the now departed Yegor "markeloff" Markelov's vacation, helping the Ukrainians place 3-4th at RC EMS One Summer Cup #2 after wins over VeryGames and Absolute Legends.
Early on after switching to CS:GO Kostin played for daT team followed up by zNation, prior to teaming up with former Counter-Strike 1.6 Virtus.pro member Kolesnikov in Begrip.
kibaken joins Na`Vi with seized
The two are now joining forces together with the three remaining Natus Vincere members to fill the holes left by Markelov's and Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev's departures for Astana Dragons.
Natus Vincere had been steadily improving and managed to take three maps away from NiP at SLTV StarSeries VI finals, but a loss to Nostalgie at Prague Challenge led to roster changes in the Ukrainian powerhouse.
Arseny "ceh9" Trynozhenko
Anton "kibaken" Kolesnikov
Denis "seized" Kostin
Sergey "starix" Ischuk
Danilo "Zeus" Teslenko
We caught one of Na`Vi's founding members Trynozhenko, who gave us the following statement to explain their decision to recruit Kostin and Kolesnikov:
"Well, a lot of our fans were waiting to see some huge and famous players in the new Na`Vi squad. But we thought about it a lot, and made what I hope to be the best decision that we could", Trynozhenko told HLTV.org.
"I am glad to introduce you two to very talented and nice guys from ex-zNation team - seized and kibaken. I hope that the power of motivation plus experience of "Na`Vi trinity" will blow the CS:GO scene away and we will show our best game again."
Both Kostin and Kolesnikov also shared their statements at navi-gaming.com. Below are Kostin's thoughts regarding his new opportunity in Natus Vincere:
"Hello everyone, I am incredibly happy to have a chance to play for Na` Vi, as this is the world's best organization and one of the best teams in the history of Counter-Strike. I believe in success of the new lineup and I will do my best for us to achieve it. Hard work is waiting for us", Kostin told navi-gaming.com
The new Na`Vi roster will participate in SLTV StarSeries VII and fnatic FragOut League Season 3 online. Their LAN debut will be DreamHack Bucharest on September 14-15th.