Team Empire announced that their carry Vladimir "Chappie" Kuzmenko is listed for transfer. After a short break, the player asked to leave the roster.
Chappie joined Team Empire on January 8th, and with him the team obtained the 5-6th place at Dota 2 Asia Championships 2017, and the 7-8th at DOTA Summit 7.
He couldn’t take part at The International 2017 due to visa issues, and was replaced by Roman "Resolut1on" Fominok. Roman proved to be a solid substitute, helping the team to achieve the 7-8th place and a $617,198 money prize.
Post TI7, Empire didn’t get any noteworthy result, failing the qualifiers for the Minors and Majors hosted by StarLadder, PGL, ESL, Perfect World, and Dota Pit. A change in the lineup was bound to happen.
Current Team Empire’s roster
Rostislav "fn" Lozovoi
Andrey "Ghostik" Kadyk
Yaroslav "Miposhka" Naidenov
Ivan "VANSKOR" Skorokhod
Vladimir "Chappie" Kuzmenko (benched)
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