VP (Virtus.Pro) have been a staple in Counterstrike for what seems what a lifetime and when ‘pashaBiceps’ and ‘NEO’ joined them, they became a fan favourite team for several years. Following a roster change that seen veterans, Snax, TaZ and byali leave the team, results started to decline rapidly.
Following the string of disappointing results, the Russian Esports organisation VP have opted to cease competition of their all Polish roster until further notice.
Over the past 12 months, Virtus.Pro have had a rough time in CS:GO, these struggles became truly noticeable after a top 24 placing at the FACEIT London Major in September past. In their official statement, VP made it clear that the performance of the team was what led to this change:
“After relegating from FACEIT London Major our squad finished 5th at BLAST Pro Series: Istanbul 2018, did not make it to main stage of EPICENTER 2018 and could not qualify to the next ESL Pro League season.”
Although this will upset many fans, they need not worry. Their beloved VP won’t be stepping away from CS:GO forever, Virtus.Pro General Manager, Roman Dvoryankin, explained to fans on Twitter that they have a long term strategy to “build a competitive team around young players”.
The previous VP team were expected to compete for a place at WESG 2019 through a Polish qualifier later this week, however, following this announcement it can be expected that they will forfeit this match and continue with their long-term focus of building a strong youthful roster.
Hopefully fans will get to experience a new love for Virtus.Pro once they announce their next roster. The management team at VP have a vast amount of experience and will be in prime position to assist upcoming players and develop them into some of the best players in the world.