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Consistency over roster shuffling: can Vega Squadron succeed in New York?

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Seeded into the first round of the European ESL One at New York Super Week main qualifier, Vega Squadron managed to beat the odds and come out on top of the stacked EU bracket, brushing aside the likes of NiP, Na’Vi and Monkey Freedom Fighters. With their trip to New York secured, ESL One will be new territory for all five of the Vega lineup.

The stable CIS roster avoided any changes to their roster, even after failing to qualify to The International 5 through the wildcard stages. Looking at the big shuffles that ensued after each TI, it’s quite a big sign of trust by the Russian organization and shows that they are willing to give the squad time to gel and get in form for the inaugural start of the majors. The fact that their players are already on the same page and don’t need an experimental phase ahead of the new season probably puts them ahead of many of the newly formed teams in the European scene - as the qualifier results show.

While a few of Vega’s players’ names may not yet ring a bell in many Dota 2 fans’ minds as they are just starting to make a name for themselves, Mag~ and Solo are already widely known and accomplished players. The two of them have each played on more than ten different Dota 2 teams in their careers so far - including the likes of Team Empire, Virtus.pro and Rox.Kis - and are true CIS mercenaries of the highest caliber. So far, it seems that they have found a team that is willing to put in the time to create a new Eastern European Dota 2 force to be reckoned with.

Position Player Most played heroes (patch 6.84)
Carry 9pashaebashu   
Mid No[O]ne   
Offlane Mag~   
Support Solo   
Support CemaTheSlayeR   

Matchups against other attendees

Fellow CIS team Virtus.pro are pretty much the only team Vega have had experience against aside from the TI5 wildcard final against CDEC Gaming. So, similar to Fnatic and CDEC, their opponents will have to adjust on the fly or watch a lot of replays to prepare to face the Eastern European up-and-comers.

Virtus.Pro

  • 1-4 at Esportal Dota 2 League
  • 1-1 at DreamLeague Season 3

CDEC Gaming

  • 1-2 at The International 5

Is Vega Squadron prepared for ESL One at New York Super Week? Secure your ticket for the biggest esports event on the East Coast now to find out, and be sure to read up on the latest news and information by following our official Dota 2 Twitter and Facebook accounts!

You can find our other ESL One at New York Super Week team previews below:

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