Natus Vincere

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Natus Vincere
NaVi LOGO.jpg
Location Ukraine
Founded 2009
Manager(s) Oleksandr "ZeroGravity" Kokhanovskyi
AOC International
Kiev Cybersport Arena
Divisions Counter Strike: Global Offensive
Dota 2
World of Tanks
Heroes of the Storm
League of Legends

Natus Vincere (Na'Vi) is a multi-gaming eSports organisation based in Ukraine with teams and players competing in Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, FIFA, World of Tanks, Heroes of the Storm, and League of Legends. Their Counter-Strike division is the first in history to win three major tournaments—Intel Extreme Masters, Electronic Sports World Cup, and World Cyber Games 2010—in one calendar year. Their Dota 2 division won the inaugural 2011 edition of The International Dota 2 Championship.

"Natus Vincere" is translated from Latin as "Born to Conquer."



Winning the ESWC 2010[edit]

Na'Vi winning ESWC 2010

After a bad performance at the Arbalet Cup CIS 2010 (4th place), Markeloff, the best player of the team, decided to skip the next big tournament, ASUS Winter 2010, so that the team could prepare for the Arbalet Cup and the Ukrainian qualifications for the ESWC.[1][2] In the middle of May 2010, Na'Vi took 2nd place in the prestigious Arbalet Cup Europe 2010 in Stockholm, losing to Fnatic in the finals and earning $10,000 in prize money.[3] Na'Vi finally gained victory at ESWC Ukraine.[4]

In the final part of the ESWC, the team hit the highest seeding, along with SK Gaming, Fnatic, and[5] On July 4, 2010, Natus Vincere achieved the highest accolade in the history of Ukrainian e-Sports, winning the ESWC (which previously couldn't be reached by any CIS team), defeating SK Gaming in the finals: 16:5 (de_train) and 16:4 (de_inferno).[6] During the tournament Na'Vi passed through the group stage thanks to fortune, but outplayed Fnatic and in the playoffs.[7]

After being victorious in the world championship, Natus Vincere announced their participation in 2 more tournaments—Arbalet Cup Dallas and GameGune 2010 (Bilbao).[8] On July 18, 2010, Na'Vi won Arbalet Cup Dallas beating Mousesports in the final match: 19:15 (de_dust2), 16:12 (de_inferno). After receiving $25,000, Na'Vi took the first place in quantity of prize money earned by European teams that year.[9] Na'Vi took 3rd place in GameGune 2010 and Intel Extreme Masters Shanghai.[10][11]

Victory at the World Cyber Games 2010[edit]

Na'Vi winning World Cyber Games 2010

On August 15, Na'Vi won the Ukrainian qualifications for the 2010 World Cyber Games and received a paid voucher to the finals in Los Angeles from September 30 to October 3, 2010.[12]

The next tournament for Na'Vi was ASUS Summer 2010, to which the team received a direct invitation. This tournament became first in the ASUS Open series, which was held at Kyiv gaming center "Kyiv CyberSport Arena". In the semi-finals Na'Vi lost to Kazakh team k23 and as a result took the 3rd place.

On October 4, 2010 Natus Vincere became the World Cyber Games world champions by defeating Danish team in the finals.[13] This victory made Na'Vi the first team in the world which had managed to hold the three most prestigious championship titles at once (IEM, ESWC, WCG). At the end of October 2010, ESL TV commentator Bakr "KinGSaicx" Fadl proclaimed that SK Gaming was going to invite the Ukrainian team to take place of its Swedish squad, but the manager of Natus Vincere declined this information.[14]

In early November 2010 Natus Vincere took part in the World e-Sports Masters tournament (WEM 2010), which annually gathers the best teams from all over the world in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. Among the eight participants of the tournament, Na’Vi took 4th place as well as $7,500.[15]

Victory at DreamHack Winter 2010[edit]

From the 25th to the 27 November 2010 in the Swedish city of Jönköping the largest LAN party in the world took place—DreamHack Winter 2010. To go to this tournament, Natus Vincere had to skip a major Russian tournament, ASUS Autumn 2010, since it was coinciding with DreamHack’s dates. After finishing the group stage Na'Vi consistently outplayed teams puta, Fnatic, Frag Executors, and in the finals, winning the tournament.[16] During the four playoff matches the Ukrainians lost only one time to Fnatic on the new map—de_mirage.[17][18] "Starix" (Serhiy Ischuk) received the tournament's MVP award.

After winning DreamHack Winter 2010, the team established a new record: winning $220,000 in one year.[19] The previous record belonged to Swedish team Fnatic, who earned $189,000 in 2009 (before that, the record was held by Swedish team SK Gaming with earnings of $183,000 in 2003).[20]

Winning the Intel Extreme Masters 5[edit]

On March 5, 2011 Na'Vi defended their position in Hannover as the champions of the Intel Extreme Masters and earned $35,000. They defeated Polish team Frag Executors in the finals: 16:12 (de_train) and 16:10 (de_dust2).[21] $4,550 of the prize money was deducted (13% of the total) as a penalty for breaking the rules.[22]

Record prize money[edit]

The amount of prize money in 2010– $215,573 (as of November 7, 2010) holds the record for the entire history of professional Counter-Strike.[19] Previous records belonged to Swedish teams SK Gaming ($183,000 in 2003) and Fnatic ($189,000 in 2009).

World Top Counter-Strike players[edit]

In 2010, popular website had made rankings for the 20 best Counter-Strike players. Yegor "markeloff" Markelov was 1st place, Sergey "Starix" Ischuk 4th, Ioann "Edward" Sukharev 5th, and the captain of Na'Vi "Zeus" had 19th place, as well as "The best captain of the year".[23][24]


Na'Vi reached the finals of DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca 2015 where they were beat 0-2 by Team EnVyUs. Na'Vi won Intel Extreme Masters Season X - San Jose after beating Team SoloMid (Now Astralis) in the grand finals 2-0.


Na'Vi started off the year by winning DreamHack Leipzig 2016 2-0 over Luminosity Gaming on January 22.[25] Na'Vi placed 3rd-4th at the Intel Extreme Masters Season X – World Championship. On April 3, Na'Vi placed second at MLG Columbus 2016, losing 0-2 to Luminosity in the finals.[26]

Current roster[edit]

  • Russia Denis "seized" Kostin [27]
  • Russia Egor "flamie" Vasiliev
  • Slovakia Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács
  • Ukraine Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev
  • Ukraine Daniil "Zeus" Teslenko


  • Ukraine Sergey "starix" Ischuk [28]


  • Belarus Eugene "Ugin" Erofeev [29]

DotA & Dota 2[edit]


In October 2010, the creation of a Defence of the Ancients (DotA) squad was announced, which included the best Ukrainian players. Initially the team was composed of Oleksandr "XBOCT" Dashkevych, Artur "Goblak" Kostenko, Bogdan "Axypa" Boychuk, Oleksandr "Deff" Stepaniuc, and Andriy "Mag~" Chipenko. However, in December 2010, Mag~ and Deff- left the team. The empty slots on the team were filled by Ukrainian players from DTS.ChatrixDanil "Dendi" Ishutin, Davis Brianne "Tacxz" Tacorda, and Ivan "Artstyle" Antonov, who became the captain of this new squad.

A roster change on June 17, 2011 resulted in the replacements of Goblak and Axypa with Clement "Puppey" Ivanov and Dmitriy "LighTofHeaveN" Kupriyanov. In August 2011, Na'Vi was invited to the first Dota 2 tournament at GamesCom, Cologne, Germany. The event named "The International" featured 16 of the top teams from all over the world with an impressive amount of prize money—$1,600,000. Na'Vi was the ultimate winner, beating Chinese team EHOME 3–1 in the grand finals and winning a cash prize of $1,000,000.

On October 13, 2011, shortly after their victory, Artstyle left the team. The captain position was taken up by Puppey, and Sergey "ARS-ART" Revin, from Russian team Moscow Five, took the fifth slot on the roster.

2012 was a very successful season for Na'Vi as they won multiple tournaments throughout the year, including four consecutive seasons of Star Ladder's Star Series, the premier tournament for the CIS region.

At The International 2012, Na'Vi attempted to defend their title where they ultimately placed 2nd, losing to the Chinese team Invictus Gaming 1–3 in the grand finals.

At the end of February 2013, ARS-ART was replaced by Gleb "Funn1k" Lipatnikov from Russian squad Team Empire. Kuro "KuroKy" Salehi Takhasomi from Mousesports also joined the team, while LighTofHeaveN went inactive. In April 2013, after his contract expired, LighTofHeaveN officially left for Team Empire. In June 2013, Na'Vi announced an all female squad.

The first half of 2013 was difficult for Na'Vi as they struggled to gain a footing in major tournaments with their new lineup. Their first major tournament win was against RoX.KIS at the first season of the ESL Major Series One in April. In July, Na'Vi competed against 9 of the best Eastern teams at the Alienware Cup. They defeated LGD 3–2 in the grand finals, and became one of the few Western teams to win a major Chinese tournament.

In August 2013, Na'Vi once again reached the Grand Finals of The International 2013, but they lost 2–3 in a very close fifth game against the Swedish team Alliance.

In July 2014, Na'Vi was knocked out in the lower bracket knockout phase of The International by Cloud9, placing at 7/8th place and earning $519,208. This would be the first time Na'Vi would not make it to the Grand Finals of The International. Many fans attributed this to a lack of adaptation and even went as far to mark it as an end of an era. Soon after this, Kuro "KuroKy" Salehi Takhasomi and Clement "Puppey" Ivanov left the team.

On February 13, 2015, Gleb "Funn1k" Lipatnikov retired from the Na'Vi Dota 2 team.[30]

On March 4, 2015, DkPhobos joined Na'Vi, replacing Funn1k.

On March 9, 2015, DkPhobos left Na'Vi to rejoin ASUS.Polar.

On March 25, 2015, Goblak left Na'Vi with SoNNeikO taking his spot.

On April 5, 2015, Na'Vi announced the return of Funn1k and ArtStyle with VANSKOR moving to reserve after battling a long term illness.

On August 27, 2015, Na'Vi announced the departure of captain Ivan "Artstyle" Antonov following a disappointing finish at The International 2015.[31]

On September 2, 2015, Artstyle returned, but as a substitute. The main roster spot was filled by acquiring Yondonjamts "kuki" Nyamtseren, and the second substitute spot was filled by Ilnur "Kudes" Khafizov.[32]

On October 16, 2015, Na`Vi announced the disband of their main roster.[33]

On October 19, 2015, Na`Vi posted on their website that Danil "Dendi" Ishutin and Akbar "SoNNeikO" Butaev will pick out the remaining 3 players for a new Na`Vi roster.[34]

On February 23, 2016, Na'Vi's new team was finalized with the team moving forward in the Dotapit tournament after a disappointing defeat in the final qualifying round for ESM Manilla.[citation needed]

Current roster[edit]

  • UkraineDanil "Dendi" Ishutin
  • RussiaAkbar "!SoNNeikO!" Butaev
  • RussiaDmitrii "Ditya-Ra" Minenkov
  • UkraineIvan "ArtStyle" Antonov
  • UkraineVictor "GeneRaL" Nigrini
  • FranceGab "GabNek" Folliet

Tournament results[edit]

Place Tournament Location Date Prize money
Med 1.png IEM 4 European Finals Germany, Cologne 15–17 January 2010 $1,250
Med 1.png Arbalet Asia Kazakhstan, Almaty 30–31 January 2010 $10,000
Med 1.png IEM 4 World Championship Finals [35] Germany, Hannover 3 April 2010 $50,000
Med 1.png Arbalet Cup Best of Four Ukraine, Kyiv 9–11 April 2010 $12,000
Med 2.png Arbalet Cup Europe Sweden, Stockholm 14–16 May 2010 $10,000
Med 1.png Arbalet Cup Dallas 2010 USA, Dallas 16–18 July 2010 $25,000
Med 3.png Fragnet Summer Tour 2012 Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo 25–26 August 2012 $500
Med 3.png Extreme Masters: Shanghai China, Shanghai 29 July – 1 August 2010 $5,000
Med 3.png ASUS Summer 2010 Ukraine, Kyiv 28–29 August 2010 $3,000
Med 1.png Dreamhack Winter 2010 Sweden, Jönköping 25–27 November 2010 $28,200
Med 1.png Intel Challenge Super Cup 7 Ukraine, Kyiv 19–20 March 2011 $5,000[36]
Med 1.png OSPL Spring 2011 Kazakhstan, Almaty 3 April 2011 $5,500[37]
Med 1.png ASUS Spring 2011 Ukraine, Kyiv 28–29 May 2011 $4,430[38]
Med 1.png DreamHack Summer 2011 Sweden, Jönköping 18–20 June 2011 $1,600[39]
Med 1.png Adepto BH Open Bosnia, Sarajevo 24–26 June 2011 $7,500[40]
Med 1.png GameGune 2011 Spain, Bilbao 22–24 July 2011 $4,000
Med 1.png ASUS Summer 2011 Ukraine, Kyiv 13–14 August 2011 $1,000[41]
Med 1.png The International 2011 Germany, Cologne 17–21 August 2011 $1,000,000[42]
Med 3.png e-STARS Seoul 2011 South Korea, Seoul 19–21 August 2011 $9,200[43]
Med 1.png SEC 2011 Poland, Warsaw 06–9 October 2011 $10,000[44]
Med 1.png ESWC 2011 France, Paris 21–23 October 2011 $6,000[45]
Med 1.png DreamHack Winter 2011 Sweden, Jönköping 24–27 November 2011 $4,275[46]
Med 1.png IEM 6 Global Challenge Kiev Ukraine, Kiev 19–22 January 2012 $16,000[47]
Med 1.png IEM 6 World Championship Finals Germany, Hanover 06–10 March 2012 $20,000[48]
Med 1.png TECHLABS Cup 2012 Russia, Moscow 17–18 March 2012 $10,000[49]
Med 1.png Copenhagen Games 2012 Denmark, Copenhagen 04–8 April 2012 $6,200[50]
Med 1.png DreamHack Summer 2012 Sweden, Jönköping 16–19 June 2012 $3,600[51]
Med 2.png The International 2012 USA, Seattle 31 August – 2 September $250,000[52]
Med 1.png Pro Gamer Series Exponor 2012 Portugal, Porto 10–14 October 2012 €4,000[51]
Med 1.png Alienware Cup China, online 16 June – 7 July 2013 $25,000[53]
Med 1.png RaidCall Dota 2 League Season 3 Spain, Valencia 20 May – 21 July 2013 $5,000[54]
Med 2.png The International 2013 USA, Seattle 7–11 August 2013 $632,370[55]
Med 1.png DreamHack Winter 2013 Sweden, Jönköping 28 Nov – 1 Dec 2013 $25,000[56]
Med 1.png SLTV Star Series Season 8 Ukraine, Kiev 25 Nov 2013 – 19 Jan 2014 $62,000[57]
8 The International 2014 USA, Seattle 8 Jul 2014 – 21 Jul 2014 $516,131[58]
15 The International 2015 USA, Seattle 3 Aug 2015 – 8 Aug 2015 $55,289[59]
Med 1.png IEM Season X - San Jose USA, San Jose 21 Nov 2015 – 22 Nov 2015 $115,000
Total Med 1.png 28 Med 2.png 9 Med 3.png 8

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft[edit]

  • Germany Sebastian "Xixo" Bentert
  • Sweden Sebastian "Ostkaka" Engwall
  • Denmark Frederik "Hoej" Nielsen
  • South Korea Jung-Soo "Surrender" Kim

League of Legends[edit]

Na'Vi previously had a League of Legends team in 2012. In 2015 they announced the formation of a new squad which consists of Jesper "Jwaow" Strandgren (top lane), Amin "Amin" Mezher (jungle), Hicham "SozPurefect" Tazrhini (mid lane), Sébastien "exork" Lamorte (AD Carry), Patrick "MounTain" Dasberg (support), and Krystian "Czaru" Przybylski (mid lane substitute).[60]

World of Tanks[edit]

In July 2013 Russian–Ukrainian team Red Rush began competing under the Natus Vincere banner in World of Tanks.[61]

Na'Vi won the first League of World of Tanks in Warsaw, Poland in April 2014.[62]

Heroes of the Storm[edit]

Na'Vi branched into Heroes of the Storm in April 2015 by acquiring Team Tomorrow Big.[63] The team won the European 2015 Road to BlizzCon event without losing a match[64] and made it to the semifinals of the Heroes of the Storm World Championship which took place at BlizzCon 2015. Thomas "Mene" Cailleux left the team to join Team Dignitas on February 16, 2016.[65]

Current roster[edit]

  • Bulgaria Aleksandar "ethernal" Milanov
  • Denmark Alexander "AlexTheProG" Grumstrup
  • Denmark Martin "Crozzby" Rugh
  • Spain Fran "GranPkt" Núñez


  • France Thomas "Mene" Cailleux

Contribution to the development of Ukrainian eSports[edit]

Na'Vi and former prime minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov

On July 14, 2010, Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov met the team in the Cabinet of Ministers building in Kiev. During the meeting issues pertaining to the development of the IT industry in Ukraine were discussed. The Prime Minister promised to hold the eSports International Open Cup of Ukraine in 2011. Ukrainian players were enrolled in to the so-called "Gold Reserve", enlisting the support of the government.[citation needed]


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
The International winner
Succeeded by
Invictus Gaming