To complete their roster, Natus Vincere brought back Denis "seized" Kostin and acquired Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko alongside coach Mikhaylo "Kane" Blagin from Gambit, the organizations have just announced.
The surprising return of Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko to Na`Vi comes after a year of the in-game leader's tenure in Gambit, who reached new heights with the Ukrainian captain, securing titles at two DreamHack Open stops and most recently triumphed on the biggest stage, at PGL Major Krakow.
Zeus has also brought Mikhaylo "Kane" Blagin alongside with him over to Na`Vi, whose previous coach, Andrey "Andi" Prokhorov, departs the organization despite having been offered a place on the team as an analyst again, as he wishes to continue coaching elsewhere.
Meanwhile, Denis "seized" Kostin, who stepped down with Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács at the beginning of the off-season, has been brought back to the active roster, completing Natus Vincere's five for the upcoming season.
"Seven days ago, I would have said that Dania's transfer to Na`Vi was impossible. Nevertheless, the situation is constantly changing and life provides unexpected opportunities. I am proud that the legend is back to the club," Na`Vi CEO, Yevhen Zolotarov, said in the press release.
"I am also happy that Kane, the man who had brought Gambit to victory at the last Major, joined us. We believe that his outstanding cooperation with Dania, vast experience and in-game thinking outside the box will strengthen our team.
It is truly heartbreaking to bid farewell to Andi. Andrey was a part of our organization since 2014, and went from website author to team analyst; think about it, he became a coach of Natus Vincere. I am thankful for all the work you've done for us, and wholeheartedly wish you good luck!"
"During the last 6 months our team has experienced disagreements and issues. But overlooking those difficulties, we came to our wins together. But at this stage the guys decided to kick our coach Kane, even with the condition that I will leave with him. Misha Kane is a man who I've worked and been friends with a long time, a man who taught me and helped me get through last year's kick from Na`Vi, and a man who helped us win the Major.
But the team thinks otherwise, overlooking my experience in this situation and my attempts at saving the roster. It's very weird to me, because in other sports everything happens differently, the coaches are celebrated for such achievements. The key to success in a game - not only skilled players, but a captain/coach tandem. When this atmosphere and authority is disrupted, working with the team becomes very challenging."
We also have an exclusive interview with Zeus coming up shortly to help explain his side of the situation and the circumstances behind his departure.
Natus Vincere's roster now is:
Mikhaylo "Kane" Blagin (coach)
The team are set to travel to Na`Vi's gaming house on August 15 to begin their preparations for ESL Pro League Season 6, which starts August 22, as well as their upcoming offline events: DreamHack Masters Malmö (August 30-September 3), ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier Group A (September 8-9), and ESL One New York (playoffs run from September 16-17).
Gambit are now left in four players without a coach, with news of their fifth player forthcoming: