Official: NAVI announce international roster
The incoming trio signals the switch to an international roster for Natus Vincere.
Natus Vincere have announced the signings of Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen, Justinas "jL" Lekavicius, and Mihai "iM" Ivan, confirming the off-season rumors that they are moving away from the CIS region.
The Ukrainian organization has kept only Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev and Valeriy "b1t" Vakhovskiy from their previous roster, with Andrii "npl" Kukharskyi, Denis "electroNic" Sharipov, and Ilya "Perfecto" Zalutskiy on the chopping block. The latter two have also recently been linked with a move to Cloud9, according to a report from Dexerto.
Aleksib comes into the team after being recently removed from Ninjas in Pyjamas in favor of the returning Hampus "hampus" Poser. The Finnish IGL has experience leading international rosters, as he spent two years in OG before making the jump to G2, where he lasted just six months before getting removed.
His stint in Ninjas in Pyjamas also failed to give him the longevity he craved after the team went through several roster changes during his tenure before finding himself on the bench. The Finn now comes into another new European project, hoping to return to the level he showed in ENCE.
iM has been GamerLegion's highest-rated player throughout his tenure with a 1.14 rating, but his form took a massive upswing in 2023. The Romanian averaged a 1.19 rating and was the driving force behind their Major final appearance. He put up a 1.35 across the French Major and was in the running for the MVP until the final, which gave him an enormous boost in reputation that eventually culminated in him getting the call-up to Natus Vincere.
The Romanian was full of praise for GamerLegion and his ex-teammates on Twitter after his move. "I will always be grateful for what you did for me and I hope we will see each other again at other competitions or on the server," while going on to thank every individual in his farewell post.
The last piece of the puzzle is jL, another player who broke out during the BLAST.tv Paris Major. The Lithuanian joins the team from Apeks, where he averaged a 1.13 rating across 2023, with his performances at the Paris Major taking a dip as he only put up a 0.94 rating.
Natus Vincere are now:
Andrey "B1ad3" Gorodenskiy (coach)