posted by Abelle,
Since this roster was only announced for the match against TpB, it's not clear whether the team plans to keep these players in the long run. The two new players are Nikita 'Palantimos' Grinkevich and Evgeniy 'Blizzy' Ree, two relative newcomers to the CIS scene. With the new players, Ilya 'AlohaDance' Korobkin has returned to the support role to make room for Palantimos. Blizzy is playing offlane to fill in for Vasily 'Afterlife' Shishkin, who was benched earlier this month.
Their teamwork was put to the test last night in a do-or-die situation. The StarLadder qualifiers are single elimination, and Vega very nearly didn't make it past the first round. Their opponents, HFZ, made a comeback in the first game and held a strong lead late into the second game, but Vega managed to make a comeback of their own before sealing the deal with a dominant performance in Game 3. According to Vega's coach, some motivational speeches may have played a part.
Never thought I'd get good at inspirational speeches... but four months of 🦈🤔 have given me valuable life skills. Think that by now I can talk anyone out of (into?) anything. GGWP to HFZ, they pushed us to the limit!— Muriëlle ''Kips'' Huisman (@Kipspul) December 18, 2017
The new Vega roster will make their next appearance against Team Empire in the Semifinal round of the StarLadder CIS Qualifier on Dec 20 at 15:00 CET.
Photo source: DreamHack/Alexander Scott