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Player Information
Ярослав Владимирович Кузнецов
Romanized Name:
Yaroslav Kuznetsov
September 24, 1988 (1988-09-24) (age 32)
Alternate IDs:
Signature Hero:
Disruptor Shadow Demon Bane
Approx. Total Earnings:
2006 — 2008
2008 — 2009
2009 — 2010
2010 — 2011-03-08
2011-03-31 — 2011-11-04
Dota 2:
2011-12-07 — 2012-01-31
2012-02-17 — 2012-05-02
2012-05-02 — 2013-11-30
2014-01-09 — 2014-08-25

Yaroslav Vladimirovich "NS" Kuznetsov is a retired professional Dota 2 player, currently working as a caster, commentator and analyst for RuHub


Having been in the competitive Dota scene almost since it started, NS is one of the most famous support players of all time. Playing with Virtus.pro when they dominated the scene during 2007, with a lineup consisting of NS, Vigoss, ARS-ART, JoliE and LighTofHeaveN. The team won three consecutive MYM PriDe tournaments and reached the finals of several ASUS Open Cups.

Due to internal problems as well as lack of sponsorship, NS left VP in 2008 to join "Rush3d".[1] In this team he would be joined by former VP teammates ARS-ART, Vigoss and LighTofHeaveN as well as PGG, DeMoN and QWERTY.[2] Together they won three consecutive ASUS Open tournaments.[3] During Spring 2009 the team switched sponsor to the Chinese organization "Platium Sports" and went to China to practice.

NS had a notable stay on DTS, together with ARS-ART, LighT, Dread and God. They finished second at ESWC 2010 and won MYM PriDe #12 as well as some other notable tournaments.[4] DTS dropped their Dota team in March 2011, leaving the squad teamless under the name "Garaj".[5] Not long after, they found a new sponsor in Moscow Five and named "M5.Garaj" the squad won the OSPL Spring finals.[6]

Dota 2[edit]

The M5.Garaj squad played together for a good half year, but in November 2011 M5 had to drop the team as they refused to play together due to internal issues.[7] However, only a few weeks after M5 came back with a new roster, keeping NS and God but swapping the other three players.[8] This lineup would not prove to be resilient to the internal issues that plagued many of NS's earlier teams, and only a few months later the team split up again.[9] By February 2012, the former M5 squad were picked up by Darer.[10] NS would not be long in the organization, as him and Dread left in May to instead join Virtus.pro.[11] After some player swapping the team finally found a stable roster by September 2012, and results started showing during the following Winter. Most notably, VP won The Defense Season 3 in March 2013. On November 30, 2013 NS announced that he is retiring from professional DotA 2.[12]


  • NS loves moldy cheese.[13]


2014-05-31BA2ndA1Tier 2Techlabs Cup 2014 Season 2Techlabs CupTechlabs Cup 2014 Season 2Virtus.pro0 : 2$3,000
2014-05-18CA3rdA0Tier 1Excellent Moscow CupExcellent Moscow CupExcellent Moscow CupVirtus.pro0 : 2$3,015
2014-05-10GD7 - 11thA0Tier 1DreamLeague Season 1DreamLeagueDreamLeague Season 1Virtus.pro5/-/9Grp S.$8,000
2013-07-06CA3rdA0Tier 1StarLadder StarSeries Season 6StarLadder StarSeries Season 6Virtus.pro0 : 2$3,000
2013-04-06CA3rdA0Tier 1StarLadder StarSeries Season 5StarLadder StarSeries Season 5Virtus.pro0 : 2$2,000
2013-03-30AA1stA0Tier 1The Defense Season 3The Defense Season 3Virtus.pro3 : 2$10,000
2013-01-13BA2ndA0Tier 1The Premier League Season 3The Premier LeagueThe Premier League Season 3Virtus.pro0 : 3$2,000
2012-12-16BA2ndA0Tier 1ASUS Open 2012 FinalsASUS Open 2012 FinalsVirtus.pro0 : 2$3,000
2011-12-11CA3rdA0Tier 1Dota2 Star ChampionshipDota2 Star ChampionshipMoscow Five2 : 0$3,500
2011-08-20EA5 - 6thA0Tier 1The International 2011The InternationalThe International 2011Moscow Five0 : 1$35,000
Complete list of results in any tournament








  1. "Interview with Rush3D.NS: What happened to VP and a lot more!". Ligagame.com. 2008-07-11. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  2. Calum "The_Ganksta" Gittins (2008-11-08). "Rush3D add another former VP player.". GosuGamers. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  3. "The Database: *PS". GosuGamers. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  4. "The Database: DTS (Old)". GosuGamers. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  5. Terrence "MrBlue" Wong (2011-03-28). "DTS drops their DotA squad". GosuGamers. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  6. Ulrich "KongoTime" Hanten (2011-04-03). "M5.Garaj proud winner of OSPL Spring". GosuGamers. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  7. Sergei Mandrik (2011-11-04). "Moscow Five прощается с DotA составом [Moscow Five say goodbye to DotA composition]" (in Russian). MoscowFive.ru. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  8. Kai "Treble1999" Chua (2011-12-07). "Moscow 5 returns to Dota scene". GosuGamers. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  9. Arthur Tsetskhladze (2011-12-25). "M5.Dota2 в поисках новых игроков [M5.Dota2 looking for new players]" (in Russian). MoscowFive.ru. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  10. Kai "Treble1999" Chua (2012-02-17). "Darer acquire Moscow 5". GosuGamers. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  11. Patrik "Raistlin" Hellstrand (2012-05-02). "Virtus.Pro sign NS as they hop into DotA 2". GosuGamers. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  12. Andrew "FUki" Kiryukin (2013-11-30). "NS ends playing career". www.virtus.pro. Retrieved 2013-11-30.
  13. https://tl.net/forum/viewmessage.php?topic_id=409909&currentpage=4#61