This article is part of a series aimed at introducing the teams that are going to play at the ELEAGUE Major Boston. To see profiles of other teams, click on the images at the bottom of the article.
The ELEAGUE Major Boston is going to be the first tournament to feature a new structure where the Offline Qualifier is played under the umbrella of the Major instead of it being a separate event. We’re looking at all teams set to take part in the event. The Minors’ Champions have been discussed already, it’s time to talk about the Krakow’s Fallen.
Next up to be discussed is Vega Squadron, one of the best Russian CS:GO teams, led by Ukrainian Dmitriy “jR” Chervak as Captain.
Vega Squadron’s bread and butter is the Chinese and CIS events. It’s where they find the most success. They do find themselves in big-time international events, but rarely crap the top half in the standings. Alas, they are not alone in finding themselves in this situation.
Vega Squadron have their spot in the Challenger Stage of the even as one of the Kraków’s Fallen. While their prospects in the ELEAGUE Boston Major are by no means hopeless, this team is unlikely to go farther than the Top 16.
Aside from jR, Nikolay “mir” Bityukov, Leonid “chopper” Vishnyakov, Pavel “hutji” Lashkov, and Sergey “keshandr” Nikishin are also members of Vega Squadron and have been for a very long time, having joined the team on Nov. 17, 2016.
The players have been playing together for a very long time. There is no language barrier to hold them back, so we know what we get when Vega Squadron enters the server.
The team got to the PGL Major in Kraków, Poland but lost to Virtus.pro, Immortals and PENTA Sports in the Swiss, being the first team to drop out together with FaZe Clan.
Where the result was a bitter disappointment for FaZe, inspiring the management to make a drastic move and sign two star players, Vega Squadron was in a completely different spot—they met expectations. They might have been able to pick up a win but in the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t really matter.
In 2017, Vega Squadron played 150 maps and went 81-69. Over all these games, they picked up 13,796 kills to 13,417 deaths for a ratio of 1.03, which is not very impressive and actually worse than their ELEAGUE Boston Major opponents like Space Soldiers. Of course, it has to be noted that Space Soldiers might have had weaker opponents to play against.
Looking at Vega Squadron’s best maps, Mirage, where they held a 20-16 record in 2017, seems to be well-liked by the CIS team. The next in terms of times played is Train with a 17-13 record, followed by 15-9 Inferno, 8-13 Cache, 13-8 Overpass and 8-8 Nuke.
China Top 2017 Shenzhen is the most recent event Vega Squadron won. Before that, they took first in the EPICENTER 2017 CIS Closed Qualifier but only ended up in 3-4th place when the time came to fight at the tournament’s Wild Card Qualifier. They also repeated their Semifinals run at the ROG Masters 2017 Grand Finals.