Russian gaming organization Virtus.Pro just announced that they have disbanded their Dota 2 team following a series of disappointing results.
— Vitalii Volochai (@v1lat) June 30, 2016
— Artsiom Barshak (@Fnggshka) June 30, 2016
Virtus.Pro is a Russian eSports group founded in 2003. It consists of different teams competing in several gaming platforms such as CS:GO, Dota 2, and Heroes of the Storm, among others. However, a series of unfortunate events have ultimately resulted in the dissolution of its current Dota 2 team. They made rounds in eSports news sites earlier this year, after getting disqualified from The Summit 5 (read more about it by clicking here).
According to their website, the Russian Dota 2 team did not meet its organization’s qualifications. In 2016 alone, they have not been able to win in any major tournaments of note (with their best achievement being 3rd place in DreamLeague Season 5). It seemed like their last hope was to take a spot from the European Qualifiers into The International 6. Unfortunately, this plan did not work. After gaining a mere 6th place finish, the decision to disband the team altogether seemed inevitable.
Virtus.Pro’s lineup, prior to disbanding, consisted of:
- Ilya “ALOHADANCE” Korobkin (carry)
- Sergey “G” Bragin (midlaner)
- Maxim “yoky-“ Kim (offlaner)
- Artem “fng” Barshak (support)
- Alexander “NoFear” Churochkin (support).
In light of these events, Virtus.Pro will be revamping their processes. Along with disbanding the team, their management group will also be taking a huge blow. With aims to create an entirely new approach for competing in Dota 2 tournaments, Virtus.Pro began large-scale staff changes. Dota 2 Division Manager George “Dramer” Faleev and Sporting Director Sergey “Diver233” Pisotsky have also been removed from office.
Fans fear not however, because it looks like it’s not the end of Virtus.Pro in the Dota 2 scene just yet. They are planning on coming out after The International 2016 stronger than ever. CEO Anton Cherepennikov will personally facilitate the formation and training of an entirely new Virtus.Pro Dota 2 team.