posted by Vekus,
Sad news for fans of CIS Dota got announced a couple of hours ago, as ru Aleksey 'Solo' Berezin takes a break of competitive gaming and will leave the established Russian organisation ru Team Empire.

Solo started his career with Empire back in August, quickly gathering fans and growing into the support role. Despite never getting back to their former glory, Team Empire played a stable game, able to achieve good results such as the third place in the D2CL Season 4. Solo won't join any other team for now as he will take a break and focus on streaming:

Thanks to Team Empire for the opportunity to prove myself in the role of a support, but unfortunately, I have to take a break from DotA indefinitely for personal reasons.

During these 3 months playing together I learned a lot from the team and was filled with the atmosphere. I believe that the guys will succeed and Team Empire will sparkle even brighter than last year. Thanks to everyone who supported me and the team, good luck!

The rest of the team will stick together and fulfil their obligations in ongoing tournaments with temporary standin ua Alohadance as their support and ru Airat 'Silent' Gaziev taking over the captains role. Despite Solo's departure, the CEO of Team Empire, ru Alexander 'StrangeR' Solomonov, doesn't rule out the possibility of working together once again:

[...]It was pleasure to work with Alexey, of course, he is a very professional player with a huge desire to play and win. Solo is an universal player and he can successfully perform at various game roles. I don't rule out the possibility that we will work together in the near future.[...]

Current Roster

ru 'Silent' (c)
ua 'Resolut1on'
ru 'yoky-'
ua 'Alohadance' (standin)

This article was written by de Markus Fischer, joinDOTA's Senior Writer. Vekus started to follow Dota rather late, as he joined the community in 2012. From then on he tried to get a job in Esports and found it later at joinDOTA. Reallife is mostly spend at university trying to understand physics and running. Avid wearer of Bandanas.Location: Chemnitz, GermanyFollow him on @VekusDota.