It is the end of one of the most iconic CSGO teams. The Russian-owned Virtus.pro have moved away from having an all-Polish roster. It has acquired the AVANGAR team to compete under its ranks in a transformation to make VP a fully CIS team.
AVANGAR players make up the new Virtus.pro
AVANGAR was often a surprising team, as they made it all the way to the final of the StarLadder Major in Berlin earlier this year, something that was highly unexpected. The CIS roster was also triumphant at BLAST Pro Series Moscow, where they impressed after beating the likes of ENCE and Na’Vi to overcome forZe in the grand finale. The brand new Virtus.pro roster looks as follows:
- Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev
- Sanjar “SANJI” Kuliev
- Timur “buster” Tulepov
- Alexey “qikert” Golubev
- Dzhami “Jame” Ali
Welcome our new CS:GO team
— Virtus.pro (@virtuspro) December 16, 2019
End of the Polish era
Virtus.pro is mostly remembered for some key members that previously made up the squad. The likes of Jarosław “pashaBiceps” Jarząbkowski, Filip “neo” Kubski, and Paweł “byali” Bieliński made up a legendary team in the first three to four years since that roster was brought over from a team named AGAiN. The Polish Virtus.pro lasted for six years. But finally, it was decided to change things up, as the current core players were failing to live up to the expectation everyone had when they heard “Virtus.pro”.
In an official statement on the Virtus.pro website, the CEO of the organization, Romany Dvoryankin commented upon the happening by thanking each Polish player that made up the team at one stage or another.
“Six years with a Polish lineup have been an unforgettable experience and I would like to thank our fans who have done an outstanding job supporting us throughout the years. VP would not be what it is now without the basis that was built by our players, so from the bottom of my heart I want to say a huge thanks to Taz, neo, pasha, byali, Snax, MICHU, Vegi, snatchie, phr, TOAO, morelz, OCOLICIOUZ, Loord, KubiK, Junior and kuben for all that they’ve done for us.”
Jame then went on to express his excitement by giving a very positive comment on the huge organization change for the CIS squad.
“It’s an exciting moment for all of us. We’re thrilled to become a part of one of the biggest esports brands in the world and will do our best to bring VP back to the top ranks of CS. On behalf of our team I would like to thank AVANGAR management for their trust in us, we wouldn’t be here without their support.
The new VP will compete very soon on home ground, as EPICENTER 2019 kicks off Dec 17 in Moscow. The event will culminate on Dec 22. It will be a true test for the new lineup, as they will have to overcome the likes of mousesports, Evil Geniuses, and forZe to make it into the playoffs.
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