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ArtStyle re-joins Natus Vincere as the new head coach
Sep 6, 2021, 5:06:00 AM

ArtStyle re-joins Natus Vincere as the new head coach

Natus Vincere has bolstered their roster with a solid cast of players with the likes of Viktor ‘GeneraL’ Nigrini and Alexey ‘Solo’ Berezin. Another big addition is a former player, and now coach Ivan ‘ArtStyle’ Antonov. ArtStyle is known for leading Na’Vi in the early days of Dota 2.

Na’Vi was the number one team in the world during the early days of Dota 2. This was largely due to ArtStyle’s excellent leadership as the drafter and captain. He was an innovative mind who knew how to create unique tactics and drafts.

After his playing days ended, he transitioned into a coaching role and his most prominent stint was with Virtus.pro as the tactical mind alongside Solo. Now that they have reunited in the Na’Vi lineup, you can expect they will have some solid strategies to win more games than before. It was a disappointing 2020-21 campaign for Na’Vi but they are ready to get stronger.

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Due to the departure of Roman ‘RAMZES666’ Kushnarev, Vladimir ‘RodjER’ Nikogosian, and former coach Andrey ‘Mag’ Chipenko, Na’Vi was in limbo. They made sure to solve their issues by recruiting big names like Solo and GeneraL. They also made a supporting piece with Ilya ‘ALOHADANCE’ Korobkin who is also a strong player in the CIS scene’s history.

Na’Vi will be strong with their tactics since ArtStyle always finds a way to help the team in that area. Both Solo and ArtStyle are well known for their efforts over the years with VP but they need to be a stronger team since they didn’t qualify for The International 10.

ArtStyle will surely be the biggest influence on the team with his drafting. He solved almost all of VP’s issues back in the day and you can expect him to do the same with Na’Vi. He and Solo are one of the best partnerships in the CIS Dota scene and they look to continue their strong run together with Na’Vi.

They already had success around the world but you can expect this team to be motivated. Na’Vi was once a pillar of the Dota 2 scene but they have fallen from their perch. They hope to return to that peak.

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Words: Cholo Martin

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