Lil
Ilya Ilyuk 
Ukraine
Natus Vincere
Incredible Tusk play highlights impressive performance
April 14, 2018
Lil outplayed the SG esports supports in Natus Vincere's elimination match at StarLadder. The flamboyant support finished with a KDA of 5/4/38.
ANALYSIS
Lil was a highlight reel for Natus Vincere in Game 1 with his Tusk. From his Ice Shard initiation to his Snowball saves, Lil could do no wrong against SG esports. In Game 2, he had a more quiet game with his Vengeful Spirit but his one save on Crystallize in the late game allowed Natus Vincere to turn the clash around.
Gets plenty of courier kills, but not much else
February 21, 2018
Lil could have done more in Natus Vincere's poor showing against Newbee in ESL One Katowice 2018. The newly minted Navi support finished with a KDA of 3/10/16.
ANALYSIS
Lil played Bounty Hunter in both games of the series. He killed Newbee's courier numerous times across the whole series. Unfortunately, that was Lil's best contribution for Navi as his minimal rotations failed to set the tempo. Lil was brought in to Navi to help the Dota Pro Circuit Points and his amazing tempo control as a roaming support, but this series was far from the Lil that many have come to love (and hate).
Transferred to Na'Vi
February 1, 2018
In a release on its website, Na'Vi announced that the team would be parting ways with RodjER in order to bring in Lil, from Virtus.pro.
ANALYSIS
The move for Lil comes after a relatively stagnant period of performance for Virtus.pro. Apart from their win at The Summit 8, Virtus.pro has been in a competitive lull since ESL One Hamburg in October of 2017. Lil's move to Na'Vi doesn't represent a clear up or downgrade, just a change for the team to adapt to.
Remains winless against Evil Geniuses
January 26, 2018
Lil had a rough time in a 0-2 loss to Evil Geniuses at ESL One Genting. He finished with a 7/13/16 overall KDA.
ANALYSIS
Lil played Tusk in Game 1. As is often the case when Tusk's team loses, this was a very rough game for Lil. He knew he had to try and make plays with Snowball and Ice Shards, but these plays were more often than not a death sentence for Lil. He finished with a 4/8/14 KDA. Lil played Witch Doctor in Game 2, but was pretty ineffective. His positioning was okay, but he still died a lot in fights and skirmishes and wasn't able to get much use out of his spells in the mid and later stages of the game. He finished with a 3/5/2 KDA.
Shows off his moves against Kinguin
December 17, 2017
Lil played an excellent series in Virtus.pro's 2-0 win against Kinguin at the Summit 8. He finished with an average KDA of 4.5/5/15.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Lil played Ogre Magi, a bit of an unusual hero for him. Despite usually getting the more action-oriented position four heroes, Lil still managed to make Ogre work in that position. He was super active in the early game, before transitioning into the classic Bloodlust bot we all know and love in the later stages of the game. He finished with a 4/5/15 KDA. In Game 2 Lil played Clockwerk. Back on a hero more his style, this was a much better example of how Lil typically plays. He was ruthless in his early movements, and transitioned very smoothly into a strong initiator and teamfight disruptor. He finished with a 5/5/16 KDA.
Solid performance leads to big team win
December 13, 2017
Lil played big as Virtus.Pro defeated Sacred 3-0 in the group stages of The Summit 8. Lil finished with a 9/17/44 KDA in the series.
ANALYSIS
VP was clearly the better team in this series. Sometimes that can set a team up to disappoint and let off the gas. However, sometimes it also allows a team to assert their dominance and even have the flexibility to try new strategies out. VP took the second option and Lil was able to thrive doing so. Lil unfortunately did lead the team in deaths with 17, but never put his team in a position of danger. Lil racked up a team-high 44 assists in the series, showing he can make a positive impact wherever he is.
Winter's Curse usage steals the show
December 8, 2017
Lil was making all the right plays for Virtus Pro in their victory against Natus Vincere in MDL Macau. The flashy support finished with a KDA of 2/5/23.
ANALYSIS
Lil played Winter Wyvern in their game against Na'Vi. His rotations in the early game helped his team secured the lead. He got a fairly late 28-minute Blink Dagger, but it worked out very well in the end. His clutch usage of Cold Embrace and Winter's Curse easily turned around skirmishes in VP's favor.
Agressive rotations paid off
November 4, 2017
Lil completely dictated the tempo of Virtus.pro's win over SG Esports in Dota Pit. The roaming support finished with a KDA of 2/3/16.
ANALYSIS
Lil was on Slardar in the only game of the match-up. He rotated aggressively with Solo and helped rack up many early kills for his team. He fully utilized the 700 movement speed buff on the hero along the river and he was just everywhere for VP. His 17-minute Blink Dagger was also a pretty good timing for someone who never really buckled down and farmed.
Solid performance not enough
November 4, 2017
Lil finished with a 1/4/7 KDA in Virtus.pro's loss to Newbee in the lower bracket elimination rounds at the DotaPit Minor. Virtus.pro are now eliminated.
ANALYSIS
Lil played Slardar, getting off to a fantastic start but struggling to close out the game when it came time to go high ground. Once VP started losing fights, their early-game focused draft began to run quickly out of steam. Even with Lil played well and landing stuns in fights, VP still lost out to Newbee' superior late-game lineup.
Overcomes slight hiccup in Game 1 to take the series
November 3, 2017
Lil finished with an overall KDA of 12/23/42 in Virtus.pro's 2-1 win over Fnatic at the DotaPit Minor.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Lil played Undying. He didn't have a great early game, and wasn't really able to contribute a lot to fights as the game went on. Once the game hit 35 minutes, Lil found himself extremely ineffective against the superior late game of Fnatic. He finished with a 4/10/14 KDA. In Game 2 Lil played Night Stalker. He was extremely effective in the early game, setting his team up for a very nice mid and late game. In the mid and late game, he took control of the map by systematically removing Fnatic's vision. He finished with a 5/2/14 KDA. In Game 3 Lil played Rubick. He played well for most of the game, but did give up a few careless deaths in the late game. Fortunately for VP those didn't account for much, because they had already secured mega creeps by then. He finished with a 3/11/15 KDA.
Micro God
October 29, 2017
Lil once again showed off his micro skills in Virtus.pro's victory against Team Secret in the ESL One Hamburg Final. The confident support player finished with a KDA of 6/6/41.
ANALYSIS
Lil kicked off Game 1 with his signature Enchantress. Playing in an aggressive jungle set-up with Ramzes, he applied pressure on Ace early on. His rotations with Enchanted creeps in the midlane also secured no[o]ne's monster game. Since Enchantress was banned in the first game, Lil went with Chen in the second game. He rotated effectively early to give no[o]ne the lane advantage. His farm wasn't slowed down however as he got an impressive 14 minute Hand of Midas into a 23-minute Aghanim's Scepter as a support player.
Instrumental piece of Virtus.pro's win over Liquid
October 27, 2017
Lil finished with an overall KDA of 13/14/42 in Virtus.pro's 2-1 win over Team Liquid at the ESL One Hamburg Major.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Lil played Doom. He played an excellent game. As usual, Lil got a lot of farm on his Doom and became more of fourth core than a support. His team played extremely well around his ultimate, only taking fights where he was able to remove a key piece of Liquid's team. He finished with a 4/4/20 KDA. In Game 2 Lil played Enchantress. He played extremely well in the early game, but Virtus.pro were unable to close out the series with their early lead. Lil stopped being able to do a lot very quickly. He was often the target of Liquid's initial burst, which Lil had no way of surviving. He finished with a 6/6/11 KDA. In Game 3 Lil played Enchantress again. He once again dominated the early game, and Virtus.pro found themselves poised to take the series with a quick win in Game 3. Unfortunately for VP, they once again found themselves struggling to end the game. After 46 minutes, VP managed to secure mega creeps and take the game. He finished with a 3/4/11 KDA.
Supports his team to a win
October 26, 2017
Lil finished with a 2/3/22 KDA in Virtus.pro's win against Keen Gaming in the group stages of the ESL One Hamburg Major.
ANALYSIS
Lil played Bounty Hunter. He wasn't very effective in the early phases of the game, but when Virtus.pro started to group up and fight Lil's hero started to shine. The vision and eventual gold advantage from Track proved to be too much for Keen to handle.
One step behind LFY
August 10, 2017
Lil could not keep up his impressive for in The International against LFY. The flamboyant support finished with a KDA of 3/16/17.
ANALYSIS
Lil is one of the tempo kings of TI, and him only getting three kills the whole series speaks volumes about LFY's quality. In Game 1 on his Sand King his rotations were effectively countered by LFY. They even had a great read on when he would go for the Courier snipes as they also took them away from him. In Game 2, he again went with Sand King to similarly futile efforts. He picked up an even later Blink Dagger and was really just not playing well against the superior Chinese squad.
The one true micro god
August 9, 2017
Lil once again showcased his micro skill as Virtus Pro dominated LGD in The International 2017. The outspoken support finished with a KDA of 8/4/22.
ANALYSIS
Lil kicked off the series with the meta-popular Nightstalker. He was rotating very well early, as he gave Maybe a tough time at mid and found himself good farm and kills. He picked up a curious Helm of the Dominator and proceeded to micro a Centaur Conqueror to amplify his team's crowd control. In Game 2, Lil wanted to micro even more as he went with the niche Chen pick. He jungled in the enemy's jungle and rotated whenever he could. His balance of farming and rotating was perfect. He went with Penitence early and it resulted in many kills. His early Hand of Midas helped him get a very impressive 22-minute Aghanim's Scepter, which helped snowball VP to the sweep.
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