Empire add twiSta and Mitch, bench Vigoss

posted by Sun_Tzu,
It's been turbulent times for ru Team Empire recently, following the departure of ua Gleb 'Funn1k' Lipatnikov to ua Na`Vi and later having to say goodbye to both ua Artur 'Goblak' Kostenko and ru Airat 'Silent' Gaziev shortly after a dissapointing showing at StarLadder Season 5 LAN Finals. But as the storm abates, time comes for something new to be built, and Empire have taken their first steps towards this direction with todays announcement.

ex-Team Empire roster: AnahRoniX, Vigoss, Goblak, Silent, blowyourbrain, Scandal.
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The Roster Changes

The first addition to the team is a familiar face from the former eu Mousesports squad, the former captain and drafter, support player no Visar [B]'twiSta'[/B] Zymberi. While he was one of the original members of the team that Mouz picked up, he had a tumultuous time with them, leaving and then returning to reform the lineup prior to The International 2012, before exiting the team under controversial circumstances once more. While twiSta has been absent from the scene, he has not been idle, instead working hard to better himself, improving his positioning and looking to become a better well rounded support player, in addition to his former excellent ward play. twiSta will also be taking up the Captain's mantle as well as drafting for the new squad.

The second addition to the team will be hr Damir 'Mitch' Skaricic, former member of rs GamersLeague, the team which placed third at Electronic Sports World Cup 2011 before being picked up by Fnatic. However, going back further, some may also remember this versatile player as a member of the Wc3 DotA squad rs Tribal, who made a distinct impression on the Western scene some three years ago. While he is looking to primarily take up the role of a support, he offers Empire the ability to change around roles according to the draft, a flexibility which many teams have come to value highly lately.

Finally, in anticipation of a future announcement of a fifth offlane player joining the team, legendary ganker ru Ivan 'Vigoss' Shinkarev has asked to take a back seat for now. Once hailed as the hero Empire deserved, it would seem that he was unable to find his place with the team, as it was obvious to most looking on that moving ru Roman 'Scandal' Sadotenkov to the offlane and giving mid to Vigoss did not create for a good team synergy. The future of Vigoss is with this move once more unclear.


With the depature of Vigoss and the future acquisition of a new hardlaner, this will allow Scandal to reclaim his solo mid role where he formerly thrived. As twiSta and Mitch take up support roles, this also means that ru Vladislav 'blowyourbrain' Morozyuk will remain the primary carry player of the team, however he does have a capability to play some support heroes as well, meaning that there may be room for role switching on his part. The further flexibility of the lanes from this new Empire squad will be determined largely by who their final player will be, whether he is a more straight up offlane specialist or a veteran who has done it all, only time will tell.

Statements from the Team

The following statement was made by team manager ua Sergei 'AnahRoniX' Bikovskiy:

We are glad to wellcome a new players in our roaster. Guys will continue hard training to prove their name of TOP team. Ivan depart`s from training in the basic roster for a while, but remains a part of our team. Cheer for us and waiting for updates!

The new addition no Visar [B]'twiSta'[/B] Zymberi also had the following to say:

It's been a long time since I was involved with the competetive scene. But I am very happy and excited to announce that I have finally found the team and the players that I truely want to work with. I am very thankfull that Empire as an organisation but also the players have put so much trust and faith in me and I will make sure that we won't dissapoint. I won't sit and tell you guys that WE WILL BE THE BEST EVER, cause that would be a lie, but I can tell you that WE WILL WORK THE HARDEST and have a very strict training regime to become the best. Once again I would like to thank my team mates for such an opportunity and Empire and it's sponsors. Keep supporting us!

And finally a few words by new member hr Damir 'Mitch' Skaricic:

When I was contacted by Empire, I felt delighted to be offered a chance like this as this team consists of some of the best players not just in the Russia, but of the wholeDota 2 scene itself. Having a players like Scandal and Blowyourbrain in team is something that every Dota 2 player would prefer. We are full of enthusiasm and looking forward to complete the roster and training with the new team after a long time out of the competitive scene.

Team Empire roster:

no Visar [B]'twiSta'[/B] Zymberi (Captain)
ru Vladislav 'blowyourbrain' Morozyuk
ru Roman 'Scandal' Sadotenkov
hr Damir 'Mitch' Skaricic
eu To Be Announced
ru Ivan 'Vigoss' Shinkarev (inactive)

ua Sergei 'AnahRoniX' Bikovskiy (Manager)