posted by Abelle,
Team Empire were left with a hole in their roster late in the shuffle with Na`Vi announcing that they had signed RodjER on September 4th, but they've found a very capable replacement.
Ivan 'Vanskor' Skorokhod has spent the last few years moving around both CIS and EU teams, but his first time with Team Empire began back in August 2013, in the post-TI3 shuffle. He stayed with the team for a year, and during that time they had some very strong results such as 3rd in StarLadder StarSeries Season 7, 1st at Electronic Sports World Cup 2013 and 3rd in DreamLeague Season 1.
The results were enough to get the team directly invited to TI4, but they struggled in groups and didn't make it to the main event bracket.
Of course, Team Empire improved on that result at TI7, which they reached via the CIS regional qualifier. With Roman 'Resolut1on' Fominok standing in as their carry, Empire made a run through the lower bracket to reach 7th-8th.
Team Empire's new roster is due for their first appearance very soon, with a match scheduled to begin at 19:30 CEST today (Sept 12) in the Starladder | i-League Invitational #3 CIS regional qualifier.
Team Empire roster:
Vladimir 'Chappie' Kuzmenko
Rostislav 'fn' Lozovoi
Andrey 'Ghostik' Kadyk
Yaroslav 'Miposhka' Naidenov
Ivan 'Vanskor' Skorokhod
Header image source: Team Empire