Natus Vincere

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[e][h]Natus Vincere
Team Information
Ukraine Mykhailo "kane" Blagin
Belarus Evgeniy "Ugin" Erofeev
Team Captain:
Ukraine Daniil "Zeus" Teslenko
Total Earnings:

Natus Vincere is a leading multi-game esports organization from Ukraine. It is the first team in Counter-Strike history to win three major tournaments in one calendar year - Intel Extreme Masters, Electronic Sports World Cup and World Cyber Games 2010.


Natus Vincere was founded on 18 December 2009. After the collapse of Ukrainian team KerchNET, the former players of the team were supported by a well-known maecenas and organizer of e-sports tournaments, Murat "Arbalet" Tulemaganbetov. The new team got the name "Arbalet UA". It was composed of Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko and Ivan "Edward" Sukharev from Kharkiv, Sergey "starix" Ischuk from Kiev, Arseniy "ceh9" Trynozhenko from Lviv and Yegor "markeloff" Markelov from Dnipropetrovsk.

Winning the ESWC 2010[edit]

Na`Vi at the ESWC 2010 prize ceremony

After a poor performance at the Arbalet Cup CIS 2010 (4th place), markeloff, the best player on the team, decided to skip the next big tournament, ASUS Winter 2010, so they could prepare for the Arbalet Cup and Ukrainian qualifications for the ESWC.[1][2] In the middle of May 2010, Na`Vi took 2nd place in the prestigious Arbalet Cup Europe 2010 in Stockholm, losing to Fnatic in the finals and earning $10,000 in prize money.[3] Na`Vi finally gained victory at ESWC Ukraine.[4]

In the final part of the ESWC, the team received the highest seeding, along with SK Gaming, Fnatic and[5] On July 4, 2010, Natus Vincere achieved the highest accolade in the history of Ukrainian e-Sports, winning the ESWC (which previously hadn't been done by any CIS team), defeating SK Gaming in the finals: 16:5 (Train) and 16:4 (Inferno).[6] During the tournament Na`Vi passed through the group stage thanks to fortune, but outplayed Fnatic and in the play-offs.[7]

After being victorious in the world championship, Natus Vincere announced their participation in 2 more tournaments – Arbalet Cup Dallas and GameGune 2010 (Bilbao).[8] On July 18, 2010, Na`Vi won Arbalet Cup Dallas beating Mousesports in the final match: 19:15 (Dust II), 16:12 (Inferno). After receiving $25,000, Na`Vi took the first place in quantity of prize money earned by European teams that year.[9] Na`Vi took 3rd place in GameGune 2010 and Intel Extreme Masters Shanghai.[10][11]

Victory at the World Cyber Games 2010[edit]

Na`Vi at the WCG 2010 prize ceremony

On August 15, Na`Vi won the Ukrainian qualifications for the World Cyber Games and got a paid voucher to the finals in Los Angeles from September 30 to October 3, 2010.[12]

The next tournament for Na`Vi was ASUS Summer 2010, to which the team received a direct invitation. This tournament became first in the ASUS Open series, which was held at Kyiv gaming center "Kyiv CyberSport Arena". In the semi-finals Na`Vi lost to Kazakh team k23 and as a result took the 3rd place.

On October 4, 2010, Natus Vincere became the World Cyber Games world champions by defeating Danish team in the finals.[13] This victory made Na`Vi the first team in the world which had managed to hold the three most prestigious championship titles at once (IEM, ESWC, WCG). At the end of October 2010, ESL TV commentator Bakr "KinGSaicx" Fadl proclaimed that SK Gaming was going to invite the Ukrainian team to take place of its Swedish squad, but the manager of Natus Vincere declined this information.[14]

In early November 2010, Natus Vincere took part in WEM 2010, which annually gathers the best teams from all over the world in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. Among eight participants of the tournament, Na`Vi took 4th place as well as $7,500.[15]

Victory at DreamHack Winter 2010[edit]

From the 25th to the 27th of November 2010 in the Swedish city of Jönköping, the largest LAN party in the world took place – DreamHack Winter 2010. To go to this tournament, Natus Vincere had to skip a major Russian tournament, ASUS Autumn 2010, since it was coinciding with DreamHack's dates. After finishing the group stage Na`Vi consistently outplayed teams puta, fnatic, Frag eXecutors and then in the finals, winning the tournament.[16] During the four play-off matches the Ukrainians lost only one time to fnatic on the new map – Mirage.[17][18] starix received the tournament's MVP award.

After winning DreamHack Winter, the team established a new record: winning $220,000 in one year.[19] The previous record belonged to Swedish team fnatic, who earned $189,000 in 2009 (before that, the record was held by Swedish team SK Gaming with earnings of $183,000 in 2003).[20]

Winning the Intel Extreme Masters 5[edit]

On March 5, 2011, FamousFive defended their position in Hannover as the champions of the Intel Extreme Masters and earned $35,000. They defeated Polish team Frag eXecutors in the finals: 16:12 (Train) and 16:10 (Dust II).[21]

Record prize money[edit]

The amount of prize money in 2010– $215,573 (as of November 7, 2010) holds the record for the entire history of professional Counter-Strike.[19] Previous records belong to Swedish teams SK Gaming ($183,000 in 2003) and fnatic ($189,000 in 2009).

World Top Counter-Strike players[edit]

In 2010, popular website had made rankings for the 20 best Counter-Strike players. markeloff was 1st place, starix 4th, Edward 5th and captain of Na'Vi had 19th place, as well as "The best captain of the year".[22]


  • Natus Vincere (Na`Vi) is formed.

Player Roster[edit]


Active Squad
ID Name Join Date
Ukraine Edward Ioann Sukhariev 2013-12-09 [31]
Russia flamie Egor Vasilyev 2015-04-10 [37]
Ukraine s1mple Oleksandr Kostyliev 2016-08-04 [41]
Ukraine Zeus Daniil Teslenko 2017-08-09 [46]
Russia electronic Denis Sharipov 2017-11-06 [48]
Ukraine kane (Coach) Mykhailo Blagin 2017-08-09 [46]


Inactive Players
ID Name Join Date Inactive Date
Russia seized (On loan with FlipSid3 Tactics) Denis Kostin 2013-08-20 [30] [46] 2017-10-17 [47] [48]


Former Players
ID Name Join Date Leave Date New Team
Ukraine Andi (Coach) Andrey Prokhorov 2017-03-10 [43] 2017-08-09 [46] Gambit Esports
Slovakia GuardiaN Ladislav Kovács 2013-12-09 [31] 2017-08-03 [45] FaZe Clan
Ukraine starix (Coach) Sergey Ischuk 2015-03-17 [36] 2017-03-10 [43] Team Spirit
Ukraine Zeus Daniil Teslenko 2012-11-04 [27] 2016-10-12 [42] Gambit Esports
Russia flamie (Stand-in) Egor Vasilyev 2015-03-17 [36] 2015-04-10 [37] Natus Vincere
Ukraine starix Sergey Ischuk 2012-11-04 [27] 2015-03-17 [36] Natus Vincere
Russia kibaken Anton Kolesnikov 2013-08-20 [30] 2013-12-09 [31] USSR Team
Ukraine ceh9 Arseny Trynozhenko 2012-11-04 [27] 2013-12-09 [31]
Ukraine Edward Ioann Sukhariev 2012-11-04 [27] 2013-07-19 [29] Astana Dragons
Ukraine markeloff Yegor Markelov 2012-11-04 [27] 2013-07-18 [28] Astana Dragons
Temporary stand-ins
ID Name Replacing ID Name Tournament(s)
Lithuania kalinka  
Nikolaj Rysakov
WCA 2017 - Europe
Ukraine starix  
Sergey Ischuk
Slovakia GuardiaN Ladislav Kovács DreamHack Masters Malmö 2016 (Group Stage)
Adrenaline Open Cyber Cup - Showmatch
Slovakia STYKO  
Martin Styk
Slovakia GuardiaN Ladislav Kovács CEVO Season 7 Round Robin - Europe
Ukraine ceh9  
Arseny Trynozhenko
Ukraine Edward Ioann Sukhariev ESEA Season 16 Finals
Russia Dosia  
Mihail Stolyarov
Ukraine Zeus Daniil Teslenko ESL Pro League: Winter 2014/15
Russia seized   Denis Kostin
Ukraine markeloff Yegor Markelov TECHLABS Cup 2013 Minsk Qualifier
Former Squad
ID Name Join Date Leave Date New Team
Ukraine Zeus Daniil Teslenko 2009-12-18 2012-11-04 [27] Natus Vincere
Ukraine markeloff Yegor Markelov 2009-12-18 2012-11-04 [27] Natus Vincere
Ukraine ceh9 Arseny Trynozhenko 2009-12-18 2012-11-04 [27] Natus Vincere
Ukraine Edward Ioann Sukhariev 2009-12-18 2012-11-04 [27] Natus Vincere
Ukraine starix Sergey Ischuk 2009-12-18 2012-11-04 [27] Natus Vincere


ID Name Position Join Date
Ukraine ZeroGravity Alexander Kokhanovskyy Founder
Ukraine HarisPilton Yevhen Zolotarov CEO
Ukraine prb Oleg Bulavko Head of Media
Belarus Ugin Eugene Yerofeyev CSGO Team Manager
Ukraine b2ru Yana Khymchenko Reporter
Ukraine sCOpe Vitaliy Tarasov Video Production specialist
Ukraine Alexey Kostyliev Creative Director 2017-04-07 [49]


Former Organization
ID Name Position Join Date Leave Date New Organization
Ukraine Andi Andrey Prokhorov Analyst 2017-03-10 [43] Gambit Esports



Date Placement Tier Tournament Results Prize
2017-12-03 A11st A2Major DreamHack Open Winter 2017 2 : 0 $50,000
2016-10-02 A11st A1Premier ESL One: New York 2016 2 : 1 $125,000
2016-04-17 A22nd A1Premier DreamHack Masters Malmö 2016 0 : 2 $50,000
2016-04-03 A22nd A1Premier MLG Major Championship: Columbus 2016 0 : 2 $150,000
2016-01-24 A11st A1Premier DreamHack Open Leipzig 2016 2 : 0 $50,000
2015-12-13 A22nd A1Premier ESL ESEA Pro League Season 2 - Finals 2 : 3 $60,000
2015-11-22 A11st A1Premier Intel Extreme Masters X - San Jose 2 : 0 $56,250
2015-07-12 A11st A1Premier Electronic Sports World Cup 2015 2 : 1 $30,000
2011-03-05 A11st A1Premier Intel Extreme Masters V 2 : 0 $35,000
2010-03-08 A11st A1Premier Intel Extreme Masters IV 2 : 0 $50,000
About achievementsComplete Results in any Tournament


Highlight videos[edit]


  19. 19.0 19.1
  23. MIRAA (2010-03-06). "Na´Vi are IEM4 World Champions".
  24. Pus (2010-11-28). "Na´Vi win DreamHack Winter 2010".
  25. GoMeZ (2011-03-05). "Na'Vi victorious at IEM5 WC".
  26. Nix0n (2012-01-22). "Na`Vi triumph over SK to win in Kiev".
  27. 27.00 27.01 27.02 27.03 27.04 27.05 27.06 27.07 27.08 27.09 27.10 MIRAA (2012-11-04). "Na´Vi to try out CS:GO".
  28. 28.0 28.1 MIRAA (2013-07-18). "markeloff leaves Na´Vi".
  29. 29.0 29.1 lurppis (2013-07-19). "Edward completes new CIS superteam".
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 lurppis (2013-08-20). "Na`Vi add seized and kibaken".
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 31.3 31.4 Striker (2013-12-09). "Na´Vi add GuardiaN, Edward".
  32. lurppis (2014-05-04). "Na`Vi beat NiP to win StarSeries IX".
  33. Striker (2014-07-06). "NiP win IronGaming".
  34. lurppis (2014-07-31). "Na`Vi beat NiP, remain Casekings".
  35. lurppis (2014-10-05). "Na`Vi win Game Show League Finals".
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 36.3 MIRAA (2015-03-17). "starix steps down in Na`Vi".
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 MIRAA (2015-04-10). "Na`Vi confirm flamie deal".
  38. MIRAA (2015-04-13). "Na`Vi win ESL Pro League over Titan".
  39. Striker (2015-06-21). "Na`Vi win SLTV StarSeries XIII Finals".
  40. Striker (2015-07-13). "Na`Vi win ESWC 2015 over Cloud9".
  41. 41.0 41.1 Andersen (2016-08-04). "s1mple joins Natus Vincere!". Natus Vincere.
  42. 42.0 42.1 alexkryvytskyy (2016-10-12). "Zeus - new captain of Gambit CS:GO". Gambit Gaming.
  43. 43.0 43.1 43.2 43.3 starix (2017-03-10). "Ребята всем привет, пришло время осветить ситуацию и рассказать вам, что все-таки происходит. " [Hello guys, it's time to cover the situation and explain what's going on.] (in Russia Russian).
  44. HarisPilton (2017-07-28). "Na`Vi.CS:GO roster changes". Natus Vincere.
  45. 45.0 45.1 "GuardiaN transfers to FaZe Clan". Natus Vincere. 2017-08-03.
  46. 46.0 46.1 46.2 46.3 46.4 "Zeus is back to Natus Vincere G2A!". Natus Vincere. 2017-08-09.
  47. 47.0 47.1 MIRAA (2017-10-17). "seized steps from from Na`Vi active roster". HLTV.
  48. 48.0 48.1 48.2 "NaVi.G2A reveal new CS:GO roster". Natus Vincere. 2017-11-06.
  49. "New member of Na`Vi.G2A!". Natus Vincere. 2017-04-07.