Team Empire

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Team Empire
Team Information
Location: Russia Russia
Manager: Alexander "StrangeR" Solomonov
Sponsor: Razer
Website Twitter Facebook YouTube Channel TLPD HotS TLPD International Aligulac Twitch Stream
Solo Achievements
MLG Pro Circuit 2012 – Spring Arena 2IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Sao Paulo
Player Breakdown
Number of Players:


Created: 2010-11-14
Disbanded: 2014-10-13
Recent Player Trades: 2014-05-07 - Kas leaves


Team Empire is one of the premier teams in Russia and the CIS across all eSport titles. The organisation was established in 2004 with headquarters in Moscow.

Team Empire is known as one of Russia's largest and best known gaming organisations, particularly for their teams and players in StarCraft II, League of Legends, Dota 2, Hearthstone, and Call of Duty amongst many other titles.

Their StarCraft II division was founded in November 2010 with names such as Kas, NaNiwa, Bly, Forsen, ho8ot, Aristeo and Cubert amongst others.[1] Initially, the team focused on players from Russian-speaking countries, with a few European high profile players like NaNiwa and Nerchio. In order to further their competitive goals, Team Empire expanded their horizons and acquired Koreans players viOLet and VINES in 2012, but eventually went back to their Russian roots.

The team placed particular focus on team leagues, and in late 2013, when their roster was reduced to three core players, they entered into a team partnership with the Finnish team Ence eSports to form Empire-Ence with players such as elfi, Serral and the teamless Brat_OK, but this partnership was ultimately dissolved after successive defeats in the ESL Euro Series.

Despite its international aspirations, Team Empire maintains a strong commitment with the CIS scene by establishing the Team Empire Academy for StarCraft II, made up solely of Russian-speaking players.


  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • January 6th, The Empire.Academy is reduced to five players.[2]
  • March 12, The Academy again changes their lineup, adding Easy and MrKillous, whilst dropping Huffy.[3]
  • May 7, Team Empire and Kas part ways.[4]
  • June 8, Easy is promoted from the Academy to the Main Squad.[5]
  • October 13, Team Empire closes its StarCraft II squad.[6]

Former Roster[edit]

Full list of player transfers and former players here.

ID Name Join Date Leave Date New Team
Team Empire Team Empire
ruRussia tTerran Happy Dmitry Kostin 31 March 2011 13 October 2014 ZZZZZ
ruRussia zZerg Easy Vyacheslav Trushkin 12 March 2014 13 October 2014 ZZZZZ
ukraineUkraine tTerran Kas Mihaylo Hayda November 2010 7th May 2014 Cascade Cascade
ruRussia pProtoss Siw Vladimir Syzranov 29th July 2011 13th August 2013 ZZZZZ Retirement
ruRussia zZerg Aristeo Anton Vasilyev 14th November 2010 16th July 2013 ZZZZZ Retirement
ruRussia tTerran Brat_OK Pavel Kuznetsov 12th July 2012 16th July 2013 ZZZZZ
rsSerbia tTerran Beastyqt Aleksandar Krstić 10th January 2011 28th June 2013 Cascade Cascade
ruRussia zZerg ho8ot Andrei Mikheev 14th November 2010 17th February 2013 7x Team 7x Team
grGreece pProtoss TheMista Themistoklis Bonidis 10th May 2012 8th January 2013 ZZZZZ Retirement
krSouth Korea pProtoss VINES Lee Sang Hun 18th May 2012 8th September 2012 ApeX eSports apeX eSports
krSouth Korea zZerg viOlet Kim Dong Hwan 21st January 2012 2nd July 2012 AZUBU AZUBU
fiFinland pProtoss Welmu Vesa Hovinen 29th July 2011 2nd March 2012 Eclypsia Eclypsia
ruRussia tTerran Noname Nikita Andreev 14th November 2010 18th September 2011 ZZZZZ ksN
ruRussia pProtoss frum Yuri Kulik 14th November 2010 18th September 2011 Cascade Cascade
plPoland zZerg Nerchio Artur Bloch 3rd April 2011 19th July 2011 Team Acer Team Acer
ruRussia tTerran Cubert Marat Shakirzyanov 14th November 2010 31st March 2011 ZZZZZ
uaUkraine tTerran OutSide Roman Emelyanov 14th November 2010 31st March 2011 Incredible Panic incredible Panic
uaUkraine zZerg Bly Aleksandr Svusuyk 25th January 2011 31st March 2011 Virus (team) Virus Gaming
plPoland pProtoss KroLu Michał Królewski 25th January 2011 27th February 2011 Meet Your Makers Meet Your Makers
ruRussia zZerg LESTER Arzhan Bekzhanov 14th November 2010 20th February 2011 ZZZZZ
seSweden zZerg Forsen Sebastian Fors 10th January 2010 21st January 2011 Alien Invasion Alien Invasion
seSweden pProtoss NaNiwa Johan Lucchesi 30th November 2010 20th January 2011 Team Dignitas Team Dignitas
plPoland tTerran DieStar Marcin Wieczorek 14th November 2010 10th January 2011 Millenium Millenium
Team Empire Empire Academy
ruRussia zZerg RusZerg Ilya Lyara October 2013 13 October 2014 ZZZZZ
ruRussia zZerg Lost Andrew Smetanin October 2013 13 October 2014 ZZZZZ
ruRussia tTerran Marador Stepan Stulnik October 2013 13 October 2014 ZZZZZ
ruRussia tTerran uThermal Artem Podzorov October 2013 13 October 2014 ZZZZZ
ruRussia tTerran MrKillous Nikita Gurevich 12 March 2014 13 October 2014 ZZZZZ
ruRussia tTerran Huffy Alexander Chertulov October 2013 12 March 2014 ZZZZZ
byBelarus pProtoss Koldun Paul Skripko October 2013 6 January 2014 ZZZZZ
ruRussia pProtoss jinbojeog Alexander Gordon October 2013 6 January 2014 ZZZZZ
uaUkraine pProtoss Volt Max Harhota October 2013 6 January 2014 ZZZZZ
ruRussia tTerran Haidarovic Aizat Mavludov October 2013 6 January 2014 ZZZZZ
ruRussia tTerran Casper Sergey Kozlov October 2013 6 January 2014 ZZZZZ
ruRussia pProtoss Doomer Sergey Takara October 2013 6 January 2014 ZZZZZ


  • Russia Alexander "StrangeR" Solomonov - HR manager and head StarCraft II Manager
  • Ukraine Sergey "AnahRoniX" Bykovskiy - PR manager and head dota II Manager

Team Achievements[edit]

Date Event Result Prize
2013-10-28 Cascade1xbet Clan League Season 5 Empire-Ence Empire-Ence 4 : 2 Millenium Millenium $1,200
2013-06-13 RaidCall EMS Spring 2013 Team Empire Team Empire 2 : 1 Mousesports mouz $2,500
2013-03-19 Cascade1xbet Clan League Season 4 Team Empire Team Empire 4 : 2 FXOpen e-Sports FXO.CIS $1,200
2012-12-15 Evil Geniuses Master's Cup Series VIII Team Empire Team Empire 0 : 3 Team Acer Team Acer
2012-10-24 Incredible Panic Team League Season 4 Team Empire Team Empire 6 : 4 RoX RoX $1,300
2012-05-14 Eclypsia Colosseum Team Empire Team Empire 2 : 3 Absolute Legends AL
2012-04-08 Incredible Panic Team League Season 3 Team Empire Team Empire 2 : 4 FXOpen e-Sports FXO.CIS $300
2012-03-17 North American Star Team League Team Empire Team Empire 2 : 4 FXOpen e-Sports FXO.KR
2011-11-13 GosuCoaching Premiere League Season 2 Team Empire Team Empire 3 : 2 Evil Geniuses EG $3,500
2011-10-30 Evil Geniuses Master's Cup Series VI Team Empire Team Empire 1 : 3 Mousesports mouz $3,000
2011-09-15 Incredible Panic Team League Season 2 Team Empire Team Empire 3 : 4 Guild of Imbalance imba $200
2011-06-19 SC2CL Season 2 Team Empire Team Empire 5 : 0 Alien Invasion AI €750


  1. Generic SC (6th January 2011). "[Interview SGL talks with Empire.Kas"].
  2. Kirill 'RusseD' Minnikov (6th January 2014). "Empire.Academy продолжает своё развитие".
  3. Kirill 'RusseD' Minnikov (12th March 2014). "Empire.Academy продолжает своё развитие".
  4. Kirill 'RusseD' Minnikov (6th May 2014). "Team Empire without Kas".
  5. mikkmagro (8th June 2014). "Empire.Easy promoted from Academy to Main".
  6. Vladimir "rOx" Matienko (13th October 2014). "Team Empire closes Starcraft II squad".
  7. Shadow_Dog (9th January 2013). "Second chance for Siw - Siw joins Team Empire".
  8. rox.kis.craft (9th January 2013). "Empire меняют TheMista'у на Siw'a".
  9. Labora (28th June 2013). "Team Empire and Beastyqt ways parted".
  10. StrangeR (16th July 2013). "Team Empire parted ways with Brat_Ok".
  11. StrangeR (1st August 2013). "Team Empire and Ence.elfi join forces for team leagues".
  12. FlamingPie (13th August 2013). "Empire Siw Retires from Starcraft 2".
  13. Linz (22nd January 2012). "viOLet joins Team Empire".
  14. dragonborn (3rd March 2012). "Welmu and Empire part ways".
  15. Keeper (10th May 2012). "TheMista to Empire".
  16. Keeper (19th May 2012). "Empire signs VINES".
  17. johnnywup (2nd July 2012). "viOLet becomes free agent".
  18. Keeper (12th July 2012). "Empire welcomes Brat_Ok".
  19. Heyoka (8th September 2012). "Team Empire and VINES part ways".
  20. Tex (10th January 2011). "Empire restructured - Report".
  21. Millenium (10th January 2011). "Millenium accueille un second Terran".
  22. (20th January 2011). "Starcraft 2: Naniwa перешел в Team Dignitas".
  23. (21st January 2011). "Starcraft 2: Team Empire избавилась от Forsen’а и обещала представить новых рекрутов".
  24. Team Empire (25th January 2011). "Team Empire Facebook Post".
  25. StrangeR (20th February 2011). "LESTER покидает Team Empire".
  26. Sheeperich (30th March 2011). "SC2CL Masters: Introducing our third invite".
  27. StrangeR (31st March 2011). "Happy вступает в Team Empire!".
  28. ikse (3rd April 2011). "Nerchio signe chez Empire".
  29. Numy (20th July 2011). "Team Acer adds SC2 team.".
  30. Bash (29th July 2011). "NCM Clan прощается с Siw и NCE".
  31. StrangeR (18th September 2011). "AsitY - назначается тренером sc2 состава и другие изменения.".
  32. StrangeR (23rd November 2011). "Чемпион Финляндии вступает в Team Empire".
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