Dota 2 Team Bio: Virtus.Pro
Virtus Pro is one of the most iconic names in the esports world. A vast organisation of over 50 players, which competes in several different disciplines, the Dota 2 roster features some very famous names. The Dota 2 line-up was entirely changed at the end of June in 2016, due to a poor string of results which culminated in a sixth place finish in the Qualifiers for The International. The new roster went on to win the Summit 6. In 2017, the team has finished in second place at the Kiev Major, taking home prize winnings of $500,000. Read on, and we’ll provide you with more Virtus Pro Dota 2 top team info.
Highlights & Strengths
One of the real strengths of this Russian team is its sheer size and scale of resources. With several in house teams competing in many different esports disciplines, the Virtus Pro name is well-known across the globe. Russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov recently sank $100m into the organisation, a sign of just how strong it is overall. In terms of Dota 2, the team is highly competitive, and has good strength in depth, as shown by its performance in the Kiev Major, which was the subject of many lively discussions on Reddit.
Branding, Sponsorship, Logo
The team logo reflects its Russian heritage, with a white bear growling in front of a black and orange shield. Virtus Pro has a number of sponsorship deals in place with a variety of partners, reflecting the prominent place it occupies on the esports ladder. Like many teams, one partnership is with the streaming service, Twitch, and fans can watch live streams via Twitch on the team website. Other sponsors include clothing manufacturer Vertagear, gaming company Fragstore, and Asian bookmakers Mr Cat. The team jersey is black, orange and white, and fans can download branded wallpaper in those colours for digital devices, and find more Virtus Pro Dota 2 top team info, at the organisation’s official website.
Team Roles, Expertise, Divisions
The players on the Virtus Pro roster are some of the best known names on the Dota 2 circuit. Formed in August 2016, the team recently enjoyed a winning streak of 17 matches. Roman ‘RAMZES666 Kushnarev, a Russian, plays the role of Carry for the team. He is backed up by Ukrainian Vladimir ‘No[o]ne’ Minenko, who plays as the team’s Mid Laner. The team captain is Alexei ‘Solo’ Berezin, who also plays in the Support role for the team. Other roles are filled by Ilya ‘Lil’ Ilyuk, famous for his Twitter comments about rival teams, and Pavel ‘9pasha’ Khvastunov, who has played in the Off Laner and Carry roles.
Roster & Achievements
The team’s most recent Dota 2 tournament win came in November 2016, when they won The Summit Six, beating rivals OG in the final. Other tournament wins at Premier level include the Esportal Dota 2 League in 2015, and the Dream League Season 3, also in 2015. Team coach Ivan ‘Artstyle’ Antonov will be hoping to guide his players to more first places in tournament standings as 2017 moves forward.