Pavel ‘9pasha’ Khvastunov is the current offlaner for Virtus.pro. His name is pronounced “yapasha”.
‘9pasha’s career began in late 2014 when he joined the team BUHLO-UroPb. This team won the StarLadder ProSeries Season 10 agaisnt M5 and following this they were signed by Vega Squadron.
For the remainder of 2014 and for the most part of 2015, Vega Squadron mostly competed at minor tournaments. They failed to qualify for most major events such as ESL One Frankfurt, i-league Season 3 and The International 2015. However, towards the end of 2015, the team’s results began to improve. They managed to qualify for, and win, ESL One New York and earned a direct invite to The Frankfurt Major 2015. There, they unfortunately placed 9th/12th. At the beginning of 2016, Vega Squadron came 2nd at Captains Draft 3.0 against Evil Geniuses. Shortly after this, ‘9pasha’ was replaced by ‘fn’ and he later joined the team Polarity.
Polarity was CIS team based in Russia which featured several high profile players such as ‘Lil’ and ‘DkPhobos’. However, for the brief period that ‘9pasha’ played with them, they failed to qualify for every event. ‘9pasha’ later left the team. After a month of standing in for the team Fantastic Five, he joined the team. However, he was only officially part of their roster for about a very short period, before transferring to Virtus.pro.
Virtus.pro quickly established themselves as a top-tier team. With ‘9pasha’ playing with them, they managed to qualify for every major event in their first few months of playing together. By the end of 2016, they had won The Summit 6 and placed 5th/8th at The Boston Major. Their success continued into 2017. They had one hiccup at the beginning of the year, when they failed to qualify for the Dota 2 Asia Championships, however 2 months later they placed 2nd at The Kiev Major 2017. They continued to place highly at every event they participated in and managed to place 5th/6th at The International, getting knocked out by Team Liquid who went on to win the entire event.
Since The International, Virtus.pro has solidified their status as one of the best teams in the world through a series of incredible results. They won ESL One Hamburg, ESL One Katowice 2018, and The Bucharest Major and placed 5th/6th at DreamLeague Season 8. ‘9pasha’ also represented team Russia at World Electronic Sports Games 2017 in March of 2018 and helped the team to achieve a 1st place victory there as well.
Most of ‘9pasha’s achievements have been made while playing for Virtus.pro. He has achieved 1st place finishes at several prestigious events including The Bucharest Major, ESL One Katowice 2018, ESL One Hamburg 2017 and DOTA Summit 8. Virtus.pro also achieved 5th/6th at The International 2017 and 2nd at The Kiev Major 2017.