They're back. Less than a week after Natus Vincere stunned eSports by announcing they were disbanding their Dota 2 team, we have a new look squad led by some old faces. Na'Vi announced Tuesday that Dendi and SoNNeikO would headline their new squad.
Right now the remaining three players of the new look Na'Vi are unknown, and are believed to be announced soon. Dendi and SoNNeikO were the two best players on the previous iteration of the team, with SoNNeikO in particular being regarded as one of the best support players in the world.
Control seems to be in the hands of the players with Na'Vi saying:
"Dendi and SoNNeikO will be testing various players along with ingame combinations in order to make right decision and form an optimal roster!"
The snide Internet response is to assume XBOCT will be part of this process. The former Na'Vi carry and Dendi have been attached since both became pros, but in reality the likelihood of a Dendi-XBOCT reunion is tenuous at best. XBOCT has been struggling at the No.1 position for the better part of a year, and if that is once again combined with Dendi (who many feel is starting to slip) would stop any progress for Na'Vi before it starts. Furthermore, if XBOCT was joining the new look Na'Vi there would be no reason to wait. That announcement could have been made now.
What's fascinating about the reformation of Na'Vi is where its remaining three players will come from. At this stage, the best players in the world are already attached to teams and past the transfer deadline that came at qualifiers for the Frankfurt major. This means we could see lesser known pros, young up-and-comers and perhaps even pub stars get an opportunity to play on one of eSports premier teams.
This is going to be a fascinating process to watch unfold and we'll have more information on the team as it's announced.