RodjER

Vladimir ‘RodjER’ Nikogosyan is the current support player for Virtus.pro.

Career

Early Career 

‘RodjER’s career began in 2014 when he joined the team Cleave Gaming. The team were briefly signed by Aware Gaming before returning to their former team name. Cleave Gaming achieved little success however, as they failed to qualify for most events and won very little money from prize winnings. ‘RodjER’ later left the team to briefly join Hard’N’play. This team was also unsuccessful and ultimately short lived as he left roughly a week after joining. In the beginning of 2016, he joined Prodota Gaming.

Prodota Gaming

This was ‘RodjER’s first relatively successful team. They mostly participated in minor tournaments and qualifiers but managed to win the ProDotA Cup Europe #3, placed 2nd at ProDotA Cup Europe #4 and also won the Dota 2 Stars Arena. After a string of poor performances, ‘RodjER’ left the team to briefly play for GUS Gaming before joining Flipsid3 Tactics.

Flipsid3 Tactics

‘RodjER’s new team weren’t much more successful than his previous team. However, towards the end of the year they narrowly failed to qualify for The Boston Major, the team lost their sponsorship but decided to play together under the name of Shorokhod +4. After a month playing together, they changed their name to Rebels. Rebels won several small events and after winning ProDota Cup Europe #13, the team were signed by Effect at the beginning of 2017. Effect participated in a number of qualifiers for major events such as The Kiev Major 2017, StarLadder i-League Invitational #2, and EPICENTER 2017. Unfortunately, the team failed to qualify for any of these events. In May, ‘RodjER’ left Effect to play for Team Empire.

Team Empire

‘RodjER’ joined Team Empire a few months ahead of The International 2017. They hadn’t made many public appearances at tournaments however, and their only notable results leading up to it included a 7th/8th place finish at DOTA Summit 7 and 1st at OverPower Cup #2. Despite this, Team Empire managed to qualify for The International and placed 7th/8th at the main event, getting knocked out by Team Liquid who went on to win the main event. Team Empire surpassed most people’s expectations and earned a reputation as underdogs at the event. Following this, ‘RodjER’ was offered a spot on Natus Vincere.

Natus Vincere

Na’Vi managed to qualify for almost tournament they entered and placed very highly at almost every main event. By the end of 2017, Na’Vi had won Adrenaline Cyber Cup and placed 4th at DreamLeague Season 8. However, at the beginning of 2018, they participated at ESL One Katowice after winning the qualifier. There, they placed 7th/8th and following this, ‘RodjER’ was swapped for ‘Lil’ from Virtus.pro.

Virtus.pro

Virtus.pro’s debut tournament was ESL One Katowice, a highly prestigious event. There, the recent roster change was shown to be successful as the team managed to win the main event. A month later, Virtus.pro also won The Bucharest Major, solidifying the team’s reputation as one of the strongest teams in the world. ‘RodjER’ also represented Russia at World Electronic Sports Games 2017 and helped his team win the event.

International tournaments

‘RodjER’ has helped Virtus.pro gain international recognition as one of the strongest current teams in the world after winning The Bucharest Major and ESL One Katowice 2018. Prior to Virtus.pro, he achieved a 4th place finish at DreamLeague Season 8 and 7th/8th at The International 2017.