Hall of Fame

GuardiaN

Player: 9 December 2013 — 3 August 2017

Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovacs
City: Bratislava, Slovakia
Ladislav Kovács is one of the most vivid examples of a truly universal player. Before CS:GO came into the mix of the competitive gaming, this Slovakian guy played CS 1.6 and CS:Source professionally. He started playing CS over 10 years ago thanks to his brother who once bought a CD with some random shooter which was unfamiliar to most people at the time.
 
Ladislav fell in love with the game on day one, so he kept playing it day in and day out developing as a CS-player. Just a little while later he already found himself a team and took part in his first LAN-tournaments.  Due to the low number of CS 1.6 events at his home soil, Kovács decided to switch onto CS:Source. He had been playing for the ranks of Reason Gaming during two years. This led him to a lot of victories while playing CS:S. Despite having been offered a spot from a number of top European teams, GuardiaN switched back to CS 1.6 and got playing for such squads as IQFINGERS, DEFEATERS, Corecell, and SGC as well as defending the colors of his national team. Also, Ladislav was frequently honored with a number of different awards (both as a team member and as a player).
 
GuardiaN moved onto CS:GO in the middle of 2012 before playing for myDGB, ePz, TCM-Gaming, 3DMAX and finally shining big in the Virtus.pro roster. He joined the ranks of Natus Vincere in December, 2013.
 
Ladislav possesses several of the most important traits for an accomplished CS-player: perseverance, confidence and composure. Kovács is one of those guys who always try and give it their best, fighting hard for the very last round to win the match. Na`Vi always welcome such players to the organization.
Puppey

Player: 17 June 2011 — 20 August 2014

Clement "Puppey" Ivanov
Age: 27
City: Tartu, Estonia

Puppey is a world renowned professional player from Estonia who is acknowledged for his perfect notion of in-game mechanics nuances and the ability to reasonably assess the situation on the map.

 

He joined Natus Vincere in 2011, taking the position of a support. Following the departure of Ivan "ArtStyle" Antonov, Clement became the captain of the team. Under his guidance Na`Vi reached the grandfinals of The International in 2012 and 2013, but unfortunately didn’t manage to win.

 

Clement has always played his support and IGL roles perfectly. His masterful performance on Chen and Enchantress got to many tournaments' highlights. After The International 2014, Puppey left Natus Vincere and soon formed his own team - Team Secret.

 

It was Clement who helped Na`Vi  to become one of the strongest CIS teams and one of the world's most powerful Dota 2 lineups. And he still stands as one of the best players on the professional scene as well as one of the most talented captains.

 

Funn1k

Player: 27 February 2013  — 16 October 2015

Gleb "Funn1k" Lipatnikov
Age: 24
City: Kharkiv, Ukraine

Funn1k is one of the best hardlaners in the competitive Dota 2. The most prominent titles of his career were secured while on Na`Vi, the silver medal at The International 2013 being the highest. 

 

Gleb’s play style is extremely aggressive: his crazy Batrider and Dark Seer’s initiations granted Na`Vi many incredible victories. He can play multiple roles if needed: Gleb’s signature Clinkz on easy lane, for example, has become the nightmare for many rivals.

 

The interesting fact is that in one of his interviews, Moonmeander, mentioned that he had spent lots of time watching Funn1k’s games, trying to develop the play style, similar to his. The most distinctive feature of his performance is aggression towards an opponent. 

 

He spent almost three years on our team, and during this long period he attended numerous championships and saw Seattle three times. At the end of 2015, when the team experienced a downturn, Gleb left Na`Vi and re-united with Team Empire.

LighTofHeaveN

Player: 17 June 2011 — 29 April 2013

Dmitry "LighTofHeaveN" Kupriyanov
Age: 29
City: Moscow, Russia

Dmitry "LighTofHeaveN" Kupriyanov is a legendary player, who is remarkable for one of the most emotional fights in the history of Dota 2 professional games. Being one of our team's pioneers, he made a significant contribution to our epic victory at the first The International 2011. 

 

Dmitry's key features are reasonable judgement and strong analytical skills, which enable him to benefit from most ingame situations. LightOfHeaven's most successful heroes are Enigma and Windranger. When played by Dmitry these were dangerous matchups for any rival for quite a while.   

 

In 2012 he took second place at The International with Na`Vi and was acknowledged the best hardlaner in the world by Dota 2 community, gaining more votes in the poll than YYF and other notable players. The title was well deserved by Dmitry as his performance was ahead of the time.

 

He left Na`Vi on 29 April 2013 and later played in various CIS teams, such as Virtus.pro and Team Empire. Eventually he returned to Natus Vincere in the capacity of a caster. As per moment he casts many tournaments and is a well known personality in the CIS community.

ARS-ART

Player: 30 November 2011 - 27 February 2013

Sergey "ARS-ART" Revin
Age: 29
City: Moscow, Russia

Sergey "ARS-ART" Revin is mostly known under the nickname of Smile. He replaced the former captain of Dota 2 team Ivan "ArtStyle" Antonov in November 2011. It was due to his performance that Na`Vi managed to get to the final of The International for the second time, though the team was defeated by Invictus Gaming.

 

He was remarkable for his aggressive game, while focusing less on his support functions. The bold play of Sergey saved lives of his teammates multiple times: he would rather sacrifice his own hero to save the life of a more important hero. Due to such selflessness, ARS-ART was one of the most wanted players globally at one time.

 

Sergey left Natus Vincere in February 2013, leaving only pleasant memories behind. After his leave, he tried to play in such teams as Virtus.pro, Moscow Five and Hellraisers. As per moment, he is often invited to analyst studio and he sometimes acts as a caster for Dota 2 matches. He often commentates the plays of his former team.

ArtStyle

Player: 25 December 2010 - 3 October 2011;
5 April 2015 - 7 November 2016 

Ivan "ArtStyle" Antonov
Age: 28
City: Kharkiv, Ukraine
Ivan "ArtStyle" Antonov is one of the best support players in the competitive scene, and it was also thanks to his contribution that Natus Vincere have won multiple titles during his stay with us. He joined the ranks of Na`Vi in April 2015, after playing in some other line-ups.
 
Under the leadership of Ivan “ArtStyle” Antonov the team won the The International 2015 EU qualifier and secured a desired spot in the event’s main stage, but the final results left much to be desired. Being a captain, Ivan took full responsibility for the team’s defeats and left the roster right after the tournament. 
 
It wasn’t long until he reappeared to the team, however, as at the end of 2015 it was announced that he would captain the lineup on its way to achieving new heights. Alongside ArtStyle, the players won SL i-League StarSeries Season 2 and qualified for The Manila Major and The International 2016.
 

Ivan parted ways with Natus Vincere in November 2016, when the organization announced a new roster, and currently is a free agent.

 
ceh9

Player15 January 2010 — 9 December 2013

Arseniy "ceh9" Trynozhenko
Age: 28
City: Lviv, Ukraine

Arseniy is considered to be one of the most experienced professional players of Counter-Strike. He was one of the pioneers of competitive CS in Western Ukraine. It was due to his leadership and volitional qualities, that many people became professional players of the local pro scene. 

 

Ceh9 has undergone the long path with the most powerful teams of Ukraine: KerchNET, A-Gaming and pro100. In 2009 he was invited to become one of the Born to Win. Arseniy played one of the key roles in our squad, as he supported the team spirit. Apart from inspiring his teammates, he was a skillfull and reliable player in the game.

 

Each top team has the person, who makes most of the spadework. Ceh9 was that person for Na`Vi and he did great. In late 2013 Arseniy left CS:GO team, but remained in Natus Vincere in the capacity of the commentator of the game. As per moment he's one of the most popular casters in Russian-speaking community.

starix

Player15 January 2010 — 17 March 2015 

Coach 17 March 2015 — 10 March 2017

Sergey "starix" Ischuk
Age: 29
City: Kyiv, Ukraine

Sergey "starix" Ischuk is one of the most cold-blooded and self-confident shooters of the professional Counter-Strike. He began his eSports career in 2001. From the very beginning Sergey proved to be the most wanted player in Ukraine. Before joining Na`Vi he played in 5 stars, TreezZ, eXplosive, KerchNET and A-Gaming. As A-Gaming player, he took third place at World Cyber Games in 2007.

 

It was due to his experience and thoroughness, that the Born to Win shaped into a true champion of 2009-2012. In 2010 starix was in top4 of the most powerful players according to hltv.org. Sergey's shooting with all the types of the weapon was one of the strongest. Universality and accuracy were his key features. 

 

As per moment starix acts as a coach and manager of the team. In march 2015 he understood that his experience could be used for the benefit of the team and he could act as a tactical master. Looking at the confident performance of the Born to Win, it becomes clear that starix succeeds as the leader of the team.

markeloff

Player15 January 2010 — 18 July 2013

Egor "markeloff" Markelov
Age: 29
City: Dnipro, Ukraine

Egor "markeloff" Markelov is the famous sniper of the legendary Na`Vi squad. Egor's known for confident performance even in the matches against the most powerful players in the era of Counter-Strike 1.6. He used to play in DTS.Chatrix, HellRaisers, KerchNET and A-Gaming. Before joining the Born to Win, Egor was one of the players, around whom the teams would build their game. 

 

In Spring 2009 he reached the final of KODE5 Spain with DTS. The Ukrainian team was defeated by one of the most powerful teams of the time — Mortal Team Work. However, the eSports community understood that soon a new top team would rise, guided by markeloff. Later in 2009 Egor received an offer, he couldn't refuse. As a result he became one of the powerhouses, which led Na`Vi to the top of eSports Olympus. 

 

Aggressive game with AWP in attack and flexibility in defense are the key qualities of the player. Due to the perfect performance in 2010, Egor took first place in the rating of the best shooters of the world according to hltv.org. In Summer 2013, markeloff made a hard decision to leave Na`Vi. He joined Astana Dragons, which later was acquired by HellRaisers. Egor didn't stay for a long with a new team and joined FlipSid3 Tactics, where he still plays.