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NAVI announce their new Dota 2 roster with Malady and Nicky`Cool cover image

NAVI announce their new Dota 2 roster with Malady and Nicky`Cool


The 2022 roster changes continue with 2 new additions to NAVI esports club! Join us as we break down the announcement

NAVI, one of the most well-known teams in CIS, adds some new blood to its roster. NAVI is a fan favorite team and is a true household name of the Dota 2 community since the first International. But over the past couple years, the team has had been on a decline with their performances. However, with the two recent additions of Nikita "Nicky`Cool" Ostakhov and Arman "Malady" Orazbayev, hopefully they can jumpstart NAVI back to fighting shape.

A History lesson on NAVI's new roster

The roster changes in the CIS region continue with NAVI's new roster. This time with NAVI. The two new players joining the roster are Nikita "Nicky`Cool" Ostakhov and Arman "Malady" Orazbayev. Currently, the top-ranked player in the CIS region is Malady, while Nicky`Cool holds the 55th spot. So, suffice to say, they are quite experienced at playing at a high level of Dota.
NAVI's new position 5 Malady's Achviements (source: <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">liquipedia</a>)
NAVI's new position 5 Malady's Achviements (source: liquipedia)
In terms of their history, only Malady has performed in the past at a competitive level. Prior to joining the NAVI roster, the position 5 player played with both V-Gaming and Hellraisers. And over the last season, he managed to secure a first-place finish in both the Division two DPC and the European Pro League Season 4.
Nicky`Cool on the other hand is making his professional Dota 2 career debut with the NAVI roster. A debut with such a well-known team is quite an accomplishment, especially because he will be taking on the role of mid-lanner. A position previously filled by one of the CIS greats, Volodymyr "No[o]ne" Minenko.

The future of NAVI

The new NAVI roster is locked in and will debut in the winter Dota Pro Circuit 2023. You can check out the full blog post regarding the roster shuffle on the NAVI website. The Dota 2 community has its eyes on the new roster comprised of:
  • Alik "V-Tune" Vorobey
  • Nikita "Nicky`Cool" Ostakhov
  • Vladyslav "laise" Lais
  • Georgii "swedenstrong" Zainalabidov
  • Arman "Malady" Orazbayev
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Noah Pather
Noah Pather
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Noah is a senior psychology student at the University of Ottawa, studying to become an athletic therapist. After watching Valve's Free to Play documentary in 2014, he got hooked on Dota 2 and hasn't looked back since. When he's not crushing mid-lane on Puck he is racing through King's Canyon as Octane. Self-proclaimed trilingual expert. Firmly believes V for Vendetta is the best film of all time.