This is it! The Polish era at Virtus.pro has come to an end — the Russian organization has officially announced the termination of cooperation with the Polish CS:GO squad. At the same time, they immediately presented a new team with players related to AVANGAR.
VP has been associated with the Polish Counter-Strike scene since the beginning of 2014, when it involved a team consisting of Filip “NEO” Kubski, Wiktor “TaZ” Wojtas and Jaroslaw “pashaBiceps” Jarząbkowski. Shortly after the start of cooperation, the new acquisitions of the organization reached for their triumph in Major, and in the following years settled permanently as the world leaders. In 2017, however, a crisis began, which could not be resolved until today. The roster revolution that was carried out at the end of 2018 did not help, thanking veterans for their cooperation and engaging new, young players. For the last time, we were able to watch Poles flying the Virtus.pro flag on the occasion of cs_summit 5, which ended last night, where they managed to reach the semi-finals.
“This is an important day for VP, as we are opening a new chapter in our history with Counter-Strike,” admitted Roman Dvoryankin, general manager of Virtus.pro. “It is also a great addition to our world-class team Dota 2, which will allow us to be more competitive and bring even more reasons to boast to fans around the world. We currently have one of the youngest teams in the world, both in Dota 2 and CS: GO, and this is a solid foundation for the future development of the organization.”
“Six years with the Polish team was an unforgettable experience and I would like to thank our fans who have done an exceptional job supporting us during this period. VP would not be what it is today without the pillars built by our players. Therefore, from the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank all of you listed here: TaZ, NEO, pasha, byali, Snax, MICHU, Vega, snatchie, phr, TOAO, morelz, OKOLICIOUZ, KubiK, Junior and kuben — thank you for everything you did for us,” he added.
The last composition of Virtus.pro was as follows:
- Michał “MICHU” Müller
- Michał “snatchie” Rudzki
- Janusz “Snax” Pogorzelski
- Arek “Vega” Nawojski
- Tomasz “phr” Wójcik
- Jakub “kuben” Gurczyński – coach
The organization itself, however, does not disappear from our radars. Instead, they decided to start cooperation with the runners-up of the last Major from AVANGAR, who currently occupy the 15th place on the HLTV ranking. Dzhami “Jame” Ali and the company in a slowly ending year performed in a total of several prestigious tournaments and in addition to second place at StarLadder Major Berlin 2019 they also managed to triumph in BLAST Pro Series Moscow 2019 and DreamHack Open Rio de Janeiro 2019.
At the same time, they have already secured a spot in ESL One Rio 2020 games that will start with the new legends phase. “This is a fascinating moment for all of us. We are excited as we are becoming part of one of the largest esports brands in the world, and we will do our best to bring the VP back to the top of CS rankings,” Jame said in a statement. “On behalf of our team, I would like to thank the AVANGAR management for their faith in us. We would not be here without their support.”
The new Virtus.pro line-up is:
- Timur “buster” Tulepov
- Alexey “qikert” Golubev
- Ali “Jame” Djami
- Sanjar “SANJI” Kuliev
- Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev
- Dastan “dastan” Akbaev – coach