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The post TI9 shuffle is in full swing and the bigger organizations started to announce their final moves. After Virtus.pro lost Pavel “9pasha” Khvastunov to Natus Vincere earlier this month, it’s time for the team’s prodigy, Roman “RAMZES” Kushnarev to leave the nest and look for new opportunities.

In a rather surprising move, the young Russian carry will start the new season with the North American team Evil Geniuses. He will not only change regions, but also the role. Ramzes will start the season in the offlane, replacing Gustav “s4” Magnusson.

 Ramzes’ official statement upon departing Virtus.pro:

“Playing for Virtus.pro is a special period of my life, and I’m thankful to the org for these three years of working together. Looking back at my team’s many moments of flashy victories, I see that the friendships we’ve made will stand the test of playing against each other on LANs. I want to extend my thanks to Virtus.pro fans for their support in times of victory and defeat. As for me, I can’t wait to face the new challenges together with my teammates in a new region.”

Ramzes joined Virtus.pro back in the post TI6 shuffle. He was 17 years old back then and he was the player to look out for. Through his three years stay with the bears, he became one of the best carry players in the world, and definitely the finest Terror Blade player the pro scene has ever seen. Since 2014, when he entered the competitive scene, Ramzes played only for CIS teams, which makes his transition to Evil Geniuses even more interesting.

While VP loses in this shuffle period their star player, so does Evil Geniuses, who will start the new season without Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan. Much like Ramzes, Sumail was only 16 years old when he joined EG as a pub star. Fast forward a few months later, he became a TI champion with the Boys in Blue and quickly grew into a fans’ favorite and one of the best mid-laners in the world.  

In their official press release, EG state on September 16, that SumaiL although not part of the active roster anymore, he “will remain under contract and be open to transfer talks.”

To replace SumaiL, Evil Geniuses brought aboard the former Fnatic mid-laner Abed “Abed Azel L. Yusop who was released by the SEA team a couple of weeks ago.

Evil Geniuses roster from position1 to 5:

  • Artour “Arteezy” Babaev
  • Abed “Abed” Azel L. Yusop
  • Roman “RAMZES666” Kushnarev
  • Andreas “Cr1t-” Nielsen
  • Tal “Fly” Aizik
  • Coach:  Sam “BuLba” Sosale

The new Evil Geniuses line-up will begin their journey in the new competitive season on the 5th of October when they will enter the qualifiers for the first Major of the 2019-2020 Dota Pro Circuit. Both EG and Virtus.pro have also been announced to participate in December this year at the $500,000 ONE Esports Dota 2 World Pro Invitational LAN tournament. 

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