European eSports organization Natus Vincere had made the decision to part ways with its Hearthstone division.
Their current roster that had been composed of four of Hearthstone’s best players is now in the market.
Na’Vi’s Heartstone roster
- Sebastian “Ostkaka” Engwall
- Sebastian “Xixo” Bentert
- Frederik “Hoej” Nielsen
- Kim “Surrender” Jung-soo
Ostkaka had won the Hearthstone World Championship just months after signing on to Na’vi, while Hoej placing in the top 3 at DreamHack Winter last year, and Xixo taking out first at the StarLadder i-League StarSeries season two in July.
Given the numerous accolades they raked up over the year, their disbanding naturally came as a surprise to everyone.
“Despite the success of Hearthstone division Natus Vincere G2A decided not to prolong the contracts with the players and focus on other divisions instead,” a statement from the organization read.
“The decision was really hard, as nobody wants to part with the world’s best squad, however, sometimes you need to sacrifice the best to keep moving.”
Na’Vi esports director Eugene “HarisPilton” Zolotarev further explained that the organization wants to focus its resources and efforts on “the top disciplines” and on the region of its main fan base—the countries making up the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
With the players are still under contract until the end of September, HarisPilton had pledged Na’Vi to help them find new organizations.
All four players are reportedly hoping to continue playing competitively, and although it appears that none have been signed by other teams yet, some have already entered contract talks.
“It was an amazing year with Na’Vi, a great experience, and we were always treated well,” Ostkaka said.
“I think a few things didn’t line up perfectly with what they wanted though—the game’s development as an esport, and split fanbase with the org mainly in the CIS region. I’m still planning on playing Hearthstone full time, and streaming too.”
Meanwhile, Xixo and Hoej will represent Na’Vi for the final time at DreamHack Bucharest from Sept. 16-18.