Pavel ‘9pasha’ Khvastunov is one of the most consistent pro players that train in Dota 2 to compete for the esports team, Virtus.Pro. He takes on the role of an offlaner as well as a carry, playing his best gameplays with Dota heroes, Ember Spirit, Gyrocopter, Dark Seer and Slardar.
Khvastunov loves to perform well in dota matches playing on the radiant side with his favourite hero Riki, while hearing the narration of the dota game from his preferred commentator, MerVing. He likes to chill out with his team mate, Lil watching films like Knocking on Heaven’s Door, Green Lantern or perhaps the tv series, The Flash. Gaming aside, he would prefer to relax at home and prepare himself a meal of potatoes and mushrooms while watching a game of tennis on TV.
Where it all began:
Pavel developed an interest in video games like Defense of the Ancients and Warcraft 3 with no particular goal but to play with his friends for the fun of gaming and relaxation. After a year and a half at University, Khvastunov lost interest in studying and spent a year with the army.
Through it all, his gaming passion remained and started practicing Dota 2, a video game that everyone was playing at the time. His pro gaming career all started in 2013 with a Dota team, UrsaStroitHram and made his debut at the StarLadder Pro Series Season 10 qualifiers.
Virtus.Pro is a Russian esports company that was established in 2003. They started out with a Counter-Strike team and due to the successes over the years, VP have expanded to support units in CS: GO, Dota 2, Hearthstone and Quake. Since the beginning, VP has been represented by over 50 players and have won more than 100 gold, 170 silver and 220 bronze medals.
Virtus.Pro Dota 2 team was originally created in May 2012 with top players, Kuroky, NS, Santa, Azen and Dread. Fast forward to the present, the Dota 2 squad now consists of Ramzes666, No(o)ne, 9pasha, Lil and Solo as the in-game leader.
The latest Dota 2 Tournaments that 9pasha and his team Virtus.Pro have attended include DreamLeague Season 8, Adrenaline Cyber League, AMD SAPPHIRE as well as the ESL One Hamburg.
Some of the qualifying matches that the esports team VP have recently participated was the WESG 2017 Europe Finals, DreamLeague Season 8, Dota Summit 8 as well as the PGL Bucharest 2017.
Over the past few months, VP have managed to beat top teams like NaVi, Team Secret, Team Empire, Team Spirit. They have also had the gaming experience and learning from top units such as EnVyUs, Newbee, IG Vitality and Team OG.
The greatest win in 9pasha’s pro gaming career so far was at the biggest Dota 2 event, The International 2017. Reaching the Upper Brackets Round 2 battling against Team Liquid to whom they lost, however Virtus.Pro Dota 2 won the highest prize in their dota careers of an overwhelming $1.1 million finishing in fifth place.
The second accomplishment in Pavel’s pro gaming career was at the ESL One Hamburg 2017. The Dota squad managed to reach the grand finals to win over Team Secret with the amazing record 2-0. Virtus.Pro took the Championship title to proudly claim the reward of a stunning $500K.