Alexei ‘Solo’ Berezin is the current support player for Virtus.pro. He was involved in the ‘322’ match fixing scandal in 2013 while playing for RoX. He received a ban from StarLadder events after betting against his own team. The term ‘322’ is widely used in the community and by commentators alike to imply that a play was questionable enough to perhaps be result of match fixing. 322 is the amount of money in USD that ‘Solo’ would have won from the match he intentionally threw, although he never did receive it.
‘Solo’s career began in 2012 when he joined Moscow Five. The team was quite successful and after qualifying for StarLadder StarSeries Season 3, the team placed 5th/7th. Following this, the team disbanded. In the next few months, Solo played on a number of teams very briefly. He played on the team Ice Climbers, who quickly gained sponsorship from 3D!Clan and then roughly a month later, in March of 2013, the squad were picked up by RoX.
‘Solo’s new team was quite successful, but often struggled against the top tier teams. Despite this, they achieved 2nd at RaidCall EMS One Spring Season and later came 3rd at Curse Dota 2 Invitational. In June, the ‘322’ match fixing scandal occurred in a StarLadder match against zRage. The team received 3 year bans while ‘Solo’ receives a life-time ban. However, ‘Solo’s ban was lifted later that year. Following the scandal, ‘Solo’ is released from the team. ‘Solo’ briefly rejoined the team a few months later to participate in StarLadder events, as he had been pardoned from his ban, although left the team less than a month later. Following this, he briefly played with Virtus.pro but only attended one event with them.
After departing from Virtus.pro, ‘Solo’ briefly played with Poseidon, who changed their name to Relax a month later. ‘Solo’ was without a team for a few months before he once again rejoined the RoX organization, this time playing for RoX.KIS. The team achieved some good results including 1st at Fragbite Masters 2014 Spring and 7th/11th at DreamLeague Season 1. Unfortunately, the squad was dropped by the organization after a string of poor results and having failed to qualify for The International 2014. For the remainder of the year, ‘Solo’ played with Team Empire and achieved mixed results. Most notably, he helped them win Excellent Moscow Cup 2.
‘Solo’ briefly played with XX5 Gaming, a team he had previously played with before joining Ice Climbers in 2013. After departing from XX5, he joined Vega Squadron. This team received poor results at first as they failed to qualify for a number of prestigious events such as ESL One Frankfurt and StarLadder StarSeries. However, in the months that followed, the team consistently placed highly at every tournament they entered, although they mostly participated in minor events and qualifiers. Unfortunately, they failed to qualify for The International 2015. Vega Squadron were redeem after winning ESL One New York which earned a direct invite to The Frankfurt Major. There, they placed 9th/12th.
In 2016, Vega Squadron more frequently participated in top-tier events, and usually placed quite highly. Their highlights from this year include 2nd place at WePlay Dota 2 League Season 3, 2nd at Captain’s Draft 3.0 and 3rd/4th at ESL One Frankfurt. Unfortunately, the team once again failed to qualify for The International and in August, ‘Solo’ was picked up by Virtus.pro.
Virtus.pro immediately qualified for every top tier events they entered and by the end of the year had won The Summit 6 and placed 5th/8th at The Boston Major. Heading into 2017, the team looked very promising. By the time The International 2017 came around, VP had finished 2nd place at The Kiev Major and won DOTA Summit 7. This earned VP a direct invite to The International. There, they would be knocked out by the eventual winners, Team Liquid and placed 5th/6th. Since then, VP has achieved several incredible results and dominated the pro scene. Their success has continued well into 2018.
‘Solo’ has achieved several incredible results with Virtus.pro. Most notably, he has helped them to win The Bucharest Major, ESL One Katowice 2018, ESL One Hamburg 2017 and DOTA Summit 7 and The Summit 6. He also placed 2nd at The Kiev Major 2017 and prior to Virtus.pro had won ESL One New York with Vega Squadron.