Following the season of the Dota Pro Circuit, several top-class organizations, including NAVI, were relegated to the second division. Amidst the chaos, NAVI may have found a glimmer of hope, according to Aleksandr StrangeR Solomonov, director of Dota 2 at Virtus Pro.
StrangeR thinks NAVI could be able to acquire PuckChamp, a division-two team that recently advanced into first league. Since NAVI’s existing roster needs to play through division two, a switch like that would allow NAVI to keep its name in the first division.
Even though no official statement was released on that kind of move, the two teams have been connected since the end of 2023 DPC. In October 2022, NAVI allegedly bought from the Cybercats Maxim shigetsu Popadinec and sent his players PuckChamp.
The two teams also bootcamped together in the competition, and several rumors even claimed that NAVI was sponsoring PuckChamp behind the scenes. The move StrangeR suggests could have taken place before the second tour begins.
Considering that NAVI is in progress, it may also create a full-star team of PuckChamp and members from their existing team to use the new newly acquired slot.
While NAVI might be happy to remain in division one, the other relegating EEU team, Nemiga Gaming, will need to go through division two for a second time until there are enough facts available for that show.